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The First City in 2368.

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The First City (Klingonese: veng wa'DIch) was a municipality on Qo'noS near the Qam-Chee River, and the capital city of the Klingon Empire.


The First City was founded thousands of years ago, before the time of Kahless the Unforgettable, as a fortress on a highly defensible mountain range, with the Great Hall as its only structure. (DS9 - The Left Hand of Destiny novel:[citation needed]) Once Kahless united the Klingons, it became the planet's seat of power, though it was not until the reign of Emperor Sompek that it became a true city. (KE novel: A Burning House)

On stardate 5892.7, the First City was invaded by the Decepticons, being subjected to an orbital bombardment by Trypticon. Salvation arrived in the form of the Autobots and the crew of the USS Enterprise who delayed the invaders long enough for Kuri to summon a fleet of D7s that defeated the Decepticons. In the aftermath, Gorkon allowed the Autobots and humans to go in peace on the condition that the Decepticons were left in Klingon custody. (TAS - Star Trek vs. Transformers comic: "Issue 5")

The architecture of the First City was originally dictated by the need for defense against aerial attack, leading to pyramidal designs and high spires. Other styles were used in following centuries; however, in the aftermath of the destruction of Praxis, Chancellor Azetbur decreed that all rebuilding in the First city should follow the design of the Great Hall and other structures of Sompek's era. (KE novel: A Burning House)

The city has come under attack several times over the years. In 2368, it was attacked by forces loyal to the House of Duras during the Klingon Civil War. (TNG episodes: "Sins of the Father", "Redemption, Part I") In 2376, it came under attack from forces loyal to Morjod, son of Martok during his attempted coup. (DS9 - The Left Hand of Destiny novel: Book One) Much of the First City - including the Great Hall - was destroyed by the Borg during their 2381 attack on Qo'noS. The destruction of the Great Hall led Martok to claim he was the only chancellor to have the Great Hall destroyed twice. (ST - Destiny novel: Lost Souls)


The First City has outworlders living in the city, both within and without the city's boundaries. In the city are a large population of non-Klingon permanent residents, both the descendants of subjugated species and beings from allied worlds. There is also a large community of merchants from various worlds and races, especially Tellarites. Due to ongoing disputes with Cardassia, there aren't many Cardassians in the First City, and it's rare to find any Romulans if at all. Foreigners aren't allowed to build homes or businesses in the architectural style of their home worlds, thereby preserving the city's historical and traditional aesthetic. (ST reference: Hidden Universe Travel Guide: The Klingon Empire)

Kelvin timeline[]

In 2261 of the Kelvin timeline, Section 31 entered into an alliance with the Romulan Star Empire to destroy the Klingons. With a new generation of Romulan warbirds totalling the Klingon defence fleet and providing a chaotic cover, Section 31 marines captured the First City, holding the Klingon High Council hostage as they prepared to detonate the last sample of red matter in the Great Hall before James T. Kirk convinced them that the threat of the red matter was a more valuable weapon. Content with the damage they'd done to the Empire, Section 31 retreated. (TOS - The Khitomer Conflict comics: "Part 3", "Part 4")

Notable sites[]


the planet Qo'noS
cities and settlements An'quatD'TakkaEmperor Kahless Military CityFirst City (Old Quarter) • KhalKhinahKopf's CliffKrennla (Baldi'maj DistrictKenta District) • Kri'stak CityM'riiahNavarathNarOsNovatQam-CheeQa'yarinQuin'latSaqwa'Serra'nobSzlar'itT'charivTisurTolar'tuTong VeyYa'Koraq Klingon emblem image.
landmarks and institutions Combat Testing CenterDu'HurghFederation Embassy on Qo'noSFlame Cliffs of KutabiGoqlath CastleGreat Domes of Qo'noSGreat HallHall of HeroesHall of HonorKilgore Landing BayKlingon Defense Force Command HeadquartersLukara EdificeMuseum of Military Triumph and ConquestOrion outpostPalace of KahlessPlace of HonorTactical CollegeTaklar TempleTemple of MolgarTemple of RogaxTengchaH JavThree Turn BridgeTlhIng Veng laboratoryR'kalla SquareVulcan Cuisine
nations and provinces KethaKhlaruMekro'vak
geography Almron PreserveBIng'av MountainsCaves of KahlessCaves of No'MatChak'okCybriss ValleyDuHoH DesertFesh'rin HillsKutabiGharhuilHamar MountainsHatlhHurghJungles of KintakKang's SummitKannaga MountainsKarak SummitKartade ForestKa'Toth plainsKetha LowlandsKol'VatKri'stak volcanoMount BatlhquiMount VorNagh Be'nImeyOna'ja'burQimpoQo'dung MountainsQora ForestQualnagh MountainsShranaSutor MountainsS'zlachTiv'ranischTl'GekhTlhIngtuj MountainsTor'aqUhq'ra' Mountains
bodies of water BIQ'a'bIng OceanBIQ'a'dung OceanChu'paq SeaSea of GatanHoSghaj RiverLake LursorLake LusorNIHbIQ'a' OceanPoSbIQ'a' OceanQam-Chee RiverSkral River
flora and fauna blas rikabok-ratbregitbrush devilchuSwI'cob'latfirespittergaghghIqglob flygrint houndgrishnarkhrunshell squadklongatkradakradgekraw'zakrenchalIngta'lotlhmoqminn'hornorghooghpherzapipiusprickle mousepurisrachtramjepratifersabre bearsarksea pochtoQserpent worms'tarahktaktaknartargTashmanian spiderto'bajyolok
capital planets and cities
Khitomer Accords alliance Cardassia City, Cardassia (Cardassian Union) • Ferenginar (Ferengi Alliance) • First City, Qo'noS (Klingon Empire) • Paris, Earth (United Federation of Planets)
Typhon Pact Ansirranana, Breen (Breen Confederacy) • Gornar (Gorn Hegemony) • Ki Baratan, Romulus (Romulan Star Empire) • Rashtag, Janalwa (Holy Order of the Kinshaya) • Tholia (Tholian Assembly) • Tzenketh, Ab-Tzenketh (Tzenkethi Coalition)
non-aligned states Dinaal City (Dinaal IV) • Empersa (Dominion) • Guwine, Venette (Venette Convention) • Keelee-Kee, TezwaL'hur (Sikaris III, Sikarian Canon) • Me'leit, Talar (Talarian Republic) • New Romulus (Romulan Republic) • Nova Roma, Rator III (Romulan Star Empire, post-Hobus) • Rexlar-D, Dosi (Dosi Confederation) • Zahlnerest (Zahl II, Zahl Regnancy)
Mirror Universe States Deneva (Galactic Commonwealth) • Okinawa, Earth (Terran Empire) • Okinawa, Earth (Terran Republic)
Federation member states Ares City (Confederated Martian Colonies) • Ashalla (Republic of Bajor) • Iaron (Damiano) • Leran Manev (Trill) • Lor'Vela (Andorian Empire) • New Coridan (People's Republic of Coridan) • New Samarkand (Alpha Centauri Concordium of Planets) • Nuvia (Risian Hedony) • Pike City (Cestus III) • San Francisco (United Earth) • ShiKahr (Confederacy of Vulcan) • Stratos (Ardana) • Zhelnogra (Tenara)
Federation member state subdivisions & colonies Eau Claire (Belle Terre) • London (United Kingdom, United Earth) • Madrid (Spain, United Earth) • New Burbank (Rigel VI, United Rigel Colonies) • New Rakantha (New Bajor, Republic of Bajor) • Oslo (Norway, United Earth) • Port Emily (Sherman's Planet) • Rigel Trade Complex (Rigel X, United Rigel Colonies) • Washington, DC (United States, United Earth) •
interstellar state subdivisions Ka'Hat (Sherman's Planet, Klingon Empire) • Kecemen (Karemma, Karemma Foundation, Dominion)
defunct interstellar states Achernar Prime (Imperial Romulan State) • Thal, Thallon (Thallonian Empire) • Unimatrix 01 (Borg Collective)