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A Contest of Principles is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel by Greg Cox, published on 10 November 2020.



The planet Vok is holding its first free elections after years of oppressive military rule. Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise have been dispatched by Starfleet to serve as impartial observers, but remaining neutral proves a challenge, as Kirk confronts a tangled web of scandal, conspiracy, and assassination plots—with the stability of an entire sector at stake.
To make matters worse, Dr. Leonard McCoy has vanished while on a mission of mercy to Braco, a nearby planet only a system away. With Kirk unable to abandon his vital mission on Vok to hunt for his friend, it's up to First Officer Spock and Christine Chapel to lead a team in search of the missing doctor, even if it means risking whatever fate befell McCoy.
Unknown to his friends and crewmates, however, McCoy has been spirited away to another world, Ozalor, where he's expected to find a cure for a mysterious ailment plaguing a member of the planet's ruling family. Torn between his Hippocratic oath and his desire to escape, McCoy finds himself at the center of deadly palace intrigues—and a struggle for power that may ultimately consume all three worlds!



AvomoraBilisBlojLisa BradleyCeffChristine ChapelPavel ChekovD'Ran ColcImogen DareDivF'lunJennifer GodwinGoggGuhaiJana HainesHakooHalboHuss (Vokite)JemoJames T. KirkLeshPeter LevineLomLeonard McCoyMearsMitoeMuzlaMypNguyen (Lieutenant)Ohop (Bracon)PravPrupRayobSalokonosMontgomery ScottSozzSpockHikaru SuluSteve TanakaEnrique TovarTroxyTylyNyota UhuraUmmuVP-OneHynn V'staVumriWibbYoderZahra JamalZellZezly

Elizabeth Palmer.

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Jonathan ArcherAmbrose BierceZefram CochraneRichard DaystromCharles DickensMiranda JonesJames KomackJohn KyleLandru (Betan)M-5Jabilo M'BengaOppenheimerPukkElizabeth PalmerKhan Noonien SinghSubimore

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Galileo (class F shuttlecraft) • hover truck
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USS Yorktown (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


Planet surface of Vok.

BracoDreaming OasisO'KdroOzalorSea of GlassSector 8491Vok (planet)Yant
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BeneciaEarthGamma Trianguli VIStarbase R-3Tammuz VIVulcan (planet)

Races and cultures

Spock, a half-Vulcan.

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States and organizations

Bracon Free PressBracon Tranquility BureauFirst Sybellan RepublicStarfleetUnited Bracon FrontUnited Federation of Planets

Science and classification

data slatedisruptorhairmedicinemicropulsarphaserRigelian feverryetalynsidearmsmart-glasstimetransportertricorder



Ranks and titles

aide-de-campcampaign managercaptainchief inspectorcommissionercorporalcountdiplomatdoctorengineergenerallieutenantlossunursepoliticianprivateprofessorsergeantsoldieryeomanyiyovayovode

Other references

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