The Dark Time was a ten year period of democratic Klingon history.

Following the assassination of Emperor Reclaw by General K'Trelan, which ended the Klingon Second Dynasty, the Klingon Empire was ruled by a council elected by the Klingon people. The elected council was overthrown ten years later and the Klingon Third Dynasty created, although several reforms were retained. (DS9 episode: "You Are Cordially Invited")

Few pieces of art from the Second Dynasty survived the Dark Time. (TNG novel: Losing the Peace)

A deleted scene from "You Are Cordially Invited" gives the Year of Kahless 152 as the date of the marriage of Shenara, the daughter of Reclaw, which would place the Dark Time after this date.

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