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[[file:galactic barrier, remastered.jpg|thumb|The galactic barrier in [[2265]].]]
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[[file:enterprise barrier.jpg|thumb|The {{uSS|Enterprise|NCC-1701}} approaches the '''galactic barrier''' in [[2265]].]]
 
[[file:galactic Barrier.jpg|thumb|The USS ''Enterprise'' departs the barrier.]]
 
[[file:galactic Barrier.jpg|thumb|The USS ''Enterprise'' departs the barrier.]]
 
The '''galactic barrier''' is an [[energy field]] that surrounds the [[Milky Way Galaxy]], delineating the border between the galactic material and the [[intergalactic void]]. The barrier appears as a purple/pink band of [[energy]], and has been encountered several times by [[Earth]] and [[Starfleet]] vessels.
 
The '''galactic barrier''' is an [[energy field]] that surrounds the [[Milky Way Galaxy]], delineating the border between the galactic material and the [[intergalactic void]]. The barrier appears as a purple/pink band of [[energy]], and has been encountered several times by [[Earth]] and [[Starfleet]] vessels.
   
 
==Creation==
 
==Creation==
===By the Progenitors===
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:''There are two contradictory accounts of who created the barrier.''
By one account, the Galactic Barrier was an artificial construct and dated its creation at around four billion years ago. It was speculated that the Galactic barrier was created by the [[Progenitors]] when they came under assault by the {{dis|Totality|Andromeda}}. This led to the ancient race's downfall, but protected the younger [[Humanoid]] species that they had seeded on thousands of worlds. ({{n|TOS|Captain's Glory}})
 
   
===Q Continuum===
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===By the Q===
The barrier was specifically polarized over 500,000 years ago by the [[Q Continuum]] as a means of containing [[0]] in the void between the Milky Way Galaxy and the [[Andromeda Galaxy]], thus protecting the Milky Way from his evil influence. ({{n|TNG|Q-Strike}})
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The barrier was created over 500,000 years ago by the [[Q Continuum]] as a means of containing [[0]] in the void between the Milky Way Galaxy and the [[Andromeda Galaxy]], thus protecting the Milky Way from his evil influence. ({{n|TNG|Q-Strike}})
   
The barrier did receive a significant influx of [[psionic energy]] during a dispute between [[Q]] and [[Trelane]]. ({{n|TNG|Q-Squared}})
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===By the Progenitors===
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Another held that the Galactic Barrier was also an artificial construct and dated its creation at around four billion years ago. It was speculated that the Galactic barrier was created by the [[Progenitors]] when they came under assault by the [[Totality]]. This led to the ancient race's downfall, but protected the younger [[Humanoid]] species that they had seeded on thousands of worlds. ({{n|TOS|Captain's Glory}})
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
In [[December]] [[2069]], the [[Earth]] vessel {{pre|SS|Valiant}} was swept into the barrier after encountering a [[magnetic storm]]. Contact with the barrier left six crewmembers dead and [[chief engineer]] [[Geirrod Agnarsson]] was transformed into a psionic super-[[human]] after a disorientated Q possessed him. After Agnarsson killed several security guards, [[Captain]] [[Carlos Tarasco]] had no choice but to order the destruction of his own ship, after all crew had left via [[escape pod]]s. Unfortunately, only 12 crew managed to survive the explosion and they soon began to develop psionic abilities due to their close proximity to the barrier. ({{n|TNG|The Valiant|Q-Squared}}; {{e|TOS|Where No Man Has Gone Before}})
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In December [[2069]], the [[Earth]] vessel ''[[SS Valiant]]'' was swept into the barrier after encountering a [[magnetic storm]]. Contact with the barrier left six crewmembers dead and [[chief engineer]] [[Geirrod Agnarsson]] was transformed into a psionic super-[[human]] after a disorientated Q possessed him. After Agnarsson killed several security guards, [[Captain]] [[Carlos Tarasco]] had no choice but to order the destruction of his own ship, after all crew had left via [[escape pod]]s. Unfortunately, only 12 crew managed to survive the explosion and they soon began to develop psionic abilities due to their close proximity to the barrier. ({{n|TNG|The Valiant|Q-Squared}}; {{e|TOS|Where No Man Has Gone Before}})
   
 
In [[2265]], [[Admiral]] [[Saylor]] of [[Starbase 33]] ordered the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701}} to explore the edge of the galaxy, and even probe beyond the barrier. However, upon the ''Enterprise'''s arrival at the barrier, nine crewmembers were killed and two others began to change into super-human beings, as Q once again tried to reach out to their minds. ({{e|TOS|Where No Man Has Gone Before}} and {{n|TNG|Q-Squared}})
 
In [[2265]], [[Admiral]] [[Saylor]] of [[Starbase 33]] ordered the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701}} to explore the edge of the galaxy, and even probe beyond the barrier. However, upon the ''Enterprise'''s arrival at the barrier, nine crewmembers were killed and two others began to change into super-human beings, as Q once again tried to reach out to their minds. ({{e|TOS|Where No Man Has Gone Before}} and {{n|TNG|Q-Squared}})
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When a party of [[Kelvan]]s took control of the ''Enterprise'' in [[2268]] in order to begin the journey back to [[Kelva]], they forced the ''Enterprise'' crew to take the ship out of the galaxy. The ''Enterprise'' was able to successfully cross the barrier this time, thanks to modifications the Kelvans forced the ''Enterprise'' crew to make. ({{e|TOS|By Any Other Name}})
 
When a party of [[Kelvan]]s took control of the ''Enterprise'' in [[2268]] in order to begin the journey back to [[Kelva]], they forced the ''Enterprise'' crew to take the ship out of the galaxy. The ''Enterprise'' was able to successfully cross the barrier this time, thanks to modifications the Kelvans forced the ''Enterprise'' crew to make. ({{e|TOS|By Any Other Name}})
   
In [[2280]], the [[Romulan]]s established a secret base near the Galactic Barrier in order to study its effects. They had learnt that the barrier's power allowed it to give psychic abilities on humanoids. [[Romulan Star Empire]] scientists eventually discovered a means of leeching the barrier of its power and bestowing it on their test subjects. Their base of operations and their experiment was found out about by [[Vulcan]] spy [[Xon]] whose true nature was discovered which resulted in his capture. The USS Enterprise was involved in a rescue attempt and during the skirmish, the Romulan ship was lost in the barrier where its scientific discovery was lost to the Empire. ({{c|TOS|{{cd|Blood Fever}}}})
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In [[2280]], the [[Romulan]]s established a secret base near the Galactic Barrier in order to study its effects. They had learnt that the barrier's power allowed it to give psychic abilities on humanoids. [[Romulan Star Empire]] scientists eventually discovered a means of leeching the barrier of its power and bestowing it on their test subjects. Their base of operations and their experiment was found out about by [[Vulcan]] spy [[Xon]] who's true nature was discovered which resulted in his capture. The USS Enterprise was involved in a rescue attempt and during the skirmish, the Romulan ship was lost in the barrier where its scientific discovery was lost to the Empire. ({{c|TOS|{{cd|Blood Fever}}}})
   
 
Sometime after the [[Borg]] had attacked [[El-Auria]], [[Delcara]] acquired a small one-person ship and used it to cross the barrier. Delcara managed to locate the [[Planet Killer]] that had been left by the Preservers after their war with the [[Borg]]. By the mid-[[24th century]] technology had improved to the point that ships stood a much better chance of surviving an encounter with the barrier, but even then there was little interest in exploring space beyond the barrier as it would take centuries to cross the void between the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies. ({{n|TNG|Vendetta}})
 
Sometime after the [[Borg]] had attacked [[El-Auria]], [[Delcara]] acquired a small one-person ship and used it to cross the barrier. Delcara managed to locate the [[Planet Killer]] that had been left by the Preservers after their war with the [[Borg]]. By the mid-[[24th century]] technology had improved to the point that ships stood a much better chance of surviving an encounter with the barrier, but even then there was little interest in exploring space beyond the barrier as it would take centuries to cross the void between the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies. ({{n|TNG|Vendetta}})
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Following a battle with [[Trelane]] in [[2370]], [[Q]] was sent back to the initial creation of the barrier, and was turned into a non-corporeal entity by Trelane. Being in a deeply disorientated state, Q became trapped inside the barrier until the [[23rd century]]. ({{n|TNG|Q-Squared}})
 
Following a battle with [[Trelane]] in [[2370]], [[Q]] was sent back to the initial creation of the barrier, and was turned into a non-corporeal entity by Trelane. Being in a deeply disorientated state, Q became trapped inside the barrier until the [[23rd century]]. ({{n|TNG|Q-Squared}})
   
In [[2381]], the [[Caeliar]] [[tanwa-seynorral]] [[Ordemo Nordal]] told Troi that they chose our galaxy for their research as it had sheltering effects no other Galaxy possessed. When asked to elaborate, he referenced the galactic barrier that surrounds the Milky Way, cryptically stating that beyond our galaxy, "there are many powers of varying degrees of malevolence. The only sanctuary we've found from their malicious interferences has been here, within the protective embrace of the galactic barrier." ({{n|ST|sub={{st|Destiny}}|Mere Mortals}})
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In 2381, the [[Caeliar]] [[tanwa-seynorral]] [[Ordemo Nordal]] told Troi that they chose our galaxy for their research as it had sheltering effects no other Galaxy possessed. When asked to elaborate, he referenced the galatic barrier that surrounds the Milky Way, cryptically stating that beyond our galaxy, "there are many powers of varying degrees of malevolence. The only sanctuary we've found from their malicious interferences has been here, within the protective embrace of the galactic barrier." ({{n|ST|sub={{st|Destiny}}|Mere Mortals}})
   
 
The barrier still existed in the late [[26th century]], as [[Prefect]] {{dis|Tamar|Kelvan}}'s ship was badly damaged while crossing it. ({{ss|TOS|sub=Strange New Worlds 9|Gone Native}})
 
The barrier still existed in the late [[26th century]], as [[Prefect]] {{dis|Tamar|Kelvan}}'s ship was badly damaged while crossing it. ({{ss|TOS|sub=Strange New Worlds 9|Gone Native}})
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