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[[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==
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:''There are two contradictory accounts of who created the barrier.''
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===By the Q===
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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}})
 
===By the Progenitors===
 
===By the Progenitors===
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}})
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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 {{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===
 
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}})
 
 
The barrier did receive a significant influx of [[psionic energy]] during a dispute between [[Q]] and [[Trelane]]. ({{n|TNG|Q-Squared}})
 
 
 
==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}})
 
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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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
* {{memoryalpha}}
 
* {{memoryalpha}}
 
 
[[category:stellar cartography]]
 
[[category:stellar cartography]]
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