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Paths of Disharmony is a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel, featuring members of the DS9 relaunch cast and elements from Star Trek: Vanguard, by Dayton Ward published by Pocket Books in February 2011. It is the fourth novel in the Star Trek: Typhon Pact cross-over series. It centers around the Andorian genetic crisis.

Publisher's description[]

From the back cover

On a diplomatic mission to the planet Andor, Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise bear witness to the rank devastation resulting from the Borg invasion. With the reproductive issues that have long plagued the Andorian people reaching crisis level, avenues of research that at first held great promise have proven largely unhelpful, and may well indeed be worsening the problem.
Despite the Federation's seeming inability to provide assistance and growing doubt over its commitment to a staunch, longtime ally, Andorian scientists now offer renewed hope for a solution. However, many segments of Andorian society are protesting this controversial new approach, and more radical sects are beginning to make their displeasure known by any means available. In response, President Nanietta Bacco has sent the Enterprise crew and a team of diplomats and scientists to Andor to convene a summit, in the hope of demonstrating that the Federation's pledge to helping Andor is sincere.
But the Typhon Pact is watching, and their interests may very well lead the Andorian people down an even more treacherous path…


The Enterprise is ordered to Andor to help out with a conference that has been convened to discuss the Andorian reproductive issues. Many are worried that the research into genetic engineering will cause the Andorians to lose their cultural identity and this fear has, in some cases, led to a strong anti-Federation feeling and the belief that all non-Andorians should be expelled from the planet. At the far end of this argument are the Treishya, whose activities are bordering on terrorism.

The Enterprise crew attempt to render assistance to the Andorians but a solar energy plant their engineers had helped repair is attacked and nearly destroyed by the Treishya and an archeological party led by Picard is ambushed. During the conference, a full-scale riot takes place and, although Starfleet manage to bring things under control, there are a small number of deaths. Matters are made worse when a Tholian ship visits the planet to reveal they have anonymously provided the leading Andorian genetics researcher, Professor zh'Thiin, with information they gleamed from the Shedai, information that the Federation also possessed but had classified, which increases the anti-Federation feeling.

The Treishya make their move by taking control of the Enterprise, using a device implanted by a visitor to the ship, and also storming the Starfleet compound after disabling the defences. In both cases, the engineering team are able to overcome the problem and the Treishya present are overpowered and captured, although the organisation's leader, Eklanir th'Gahryn, escapes.

However, the Andorian government chooses to initiate a vote of no confidence against their pro-Federation presider and a referendum shows that a significant but not overwhelming majority of Andorians wish to secede from the Federation. The Andorians resign their Federation membership and make approaches to the Tholians to assist with their research.

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Leonard James AkaarEreshtarri sh'AnbiAtticoNanietta BaccoAbigail BalidemajVayith zh'BelegavLoqnara ch'BiraneAustin BraddockT'Ryssa ChenJasminder ChoudhuryShayla ColeBeverly CrusherKirsten CruzenVar joresh DahkPeter DavilaTheresa DeanRobert DeSotoLoreav ch'DrenaDina ElfikiJoanna FaurLedanyi ch'ForutaNisra ch'GaloniqEklanir th'Gahrynch'GelosineMaureen GranadosJaedreq th'HadikRon HanaganTamala HarstadHaversHegol DenHoganJordanRennan KonyaEluqunil sh'LaenathaGeordi La ForgeThrelas ch'Lhrench'MahlahtRobert MarsRachel McClowanJeffrey MoffettJennifer NeemanNordonNreskeneth'PereneKilamji ch'PerineSteven PerkinsJean-Luc PicardMarie PicardRene Jacques Robert Francois PicardEsperanza PiñieroGilmesheid ch'PavarziRandolphBryan RegnisJill RosadoT'liraBiatamar th'Rusnith'ShelasEronaq SintaySivakTrejoshi th'SivelrakTaurikTezreneIravothra sh'ThalisThirishar ch'ThaneMarthrossi zh'ThiinTroppsh'VeilethVeldonLynto sh'VasathKatherine WalkerWhitsittWorf, son of MoghReniel zh'YemreEyatra ch'ZandiTolad th'Zarithsta
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Reginald BarclayGeorge BarrileShantherin th'ClaneJack CrusherWesley CrusherDataEric HassleinRichard GalenMiranda KadohataKaminStavos KenicliusLocutusMartokJacob McPhersonRené PicardRobert PicardWilliam T. RikerPrynn TenmeiSelarKhan Noonien SinghEronaq SintayBenjamin SiskoArik SoongSurakCharivretha zh'ThaneArenthialeh zh'VazdiUzaveh the InfiniteThiarelata ch'VazdiNatasha Yar

Starships and vehicles[]

Andorian freighterCousteau (captain's yacht) • Tholian Diplomatic StarshipUSS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class) • workbee
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Constitution-classescape podUSS Antares (Constitution-class) • USS Aventine (Vesta-class) • USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • USS Excalibur (Ambassador-class) • USS KhwarizimiUSS Potemkin (Excelsior-class) • USS Stargazer (Constellation-class) • USS Trinculo (Galaxy-class)


Andor (Aenar Underground City Archeological SiteAndorian Science InstituteKa'ThelaKa'Thela Power PlantL'UvanLaibokLor'VelaNew Therin ParkParliament Andoria ComplexSecurity Station OneSecurity Station ThreeTherin Park) • Earth (Farber StationGolden Gate BridgeLabarrePalais de la ConcordeParisSan FranciscoStarfleet CommandStarfleet Headquarters) • Starbase 7Starbase 714Vulcan
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Alpha CentauriAR-558BajorChin'tokaDeep Space 9Delta Vega IDenevaGariman sector (Taurus Reach) • KataanLuna (Aldrin CityAldrin City Archives) • Ophiucus IIIPacificaWolf 359

Races and cultures[]

Referenced only 

States and organizations[]

Andorian Homeworld SecurityAndorian Natural Resources Conservation and Protection CommitteeLor'Vela ConstabularyParliament AndoriaProgressivesTholian AssemblyTreishyaTrue Heirs of AndorTyphon PactUnited Federation of Planets (Federation CouncilFederation News ServiceStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet MedicalStarfleet Security) • Visionists
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Borg CollectiveBreen ConfederacyCoalition of PlanetsKlingon EmpireRomulan Star EmpireTzenkethi Coalition

Other references[]

Aldebaran whiskeyAndoriiantimatter podbat'lethBattle of Wolf 359Borg Invasion of 2381chessChrysalis ProjectdisruptorDNA resequencingDominion WarEarl GreyEarth-Romulan Warelka treeenvironmental suitEugenics WarsFederation Charterfirst contactforce fieldgenetic engineeringgenetic resequencingHappy Bottom Riding ClubLivingston (fish)medkitmeta-genomemok'baranavigational deflectorneuropinephrinenoprilaocular implantOperation VanguardPandora's boxPike City PioneerspokerProject GenesisProtocol Alpha Onepulse rifleQo'leghquantum slipstream driveracquetballreplicatorRessikan fluteshaplaSiege of AR-558split pea soupstun batonsynthaleTactical Networktranquilizertranquilizer pistoltransport inhibitortricordertricodrazineVISORYrythny solutionzantraetium


Background information[]

  • The German translation of the novel was released by Cross Cult in 2013. It was translated by Bernd Perplies and features new cover art by Martin Frei.
  • Paths of Disharmony directly references the events of the Star Trek: Vanguard novel series with much of the storyline focusing on the ramifications of what was discovered in the Taurus Reach.
  • According to dialogue, one year has passed between the events of this novel and its predecessor Losing the Peace, which spanned March to May 2381. This contradicts references within the book to Picard's son being slightly over a year old, since the child was conceived in December 2380 according to Greater Than the Sum and would have thus been born in September 2381.
  • This storyline features the Andorian civilization terminating their membership pact with the United Federation of Planets.
  • The novel shares several similarities with the proposed Star Trek: Deep Space Nine storyline involving Vulcan leaving the Federation during the Dominion War; however, this may be coincidence.
  • Andor is given as the location of a Pocket Books office.

Related stories[]

Star Trek: Typhon Pact
Zero Sum GameSeize the FireRough Beasts of EmpirePaths of DisharmonyThe Struggle Within‎Plagues of NightRaise the DawnBrinkmanship
Star Trek: The Next Generation novels set after Star Trek Nemesis
Death in WinterResistanceQ & ABefore DishonorGreater Than the SumLosing the PeaceIndistinguishable from MagicCold Equations (The Persistence of MemorySilent WeaponsThe Body Electric) • The Stuff of DreamsThe Light FantasticTakedownArmageddon's ArrowHeadlong FlightHearts and MindsAvailable LightCollateral Damage
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine relaunch publications and stories
Novels A Stitch in TimeAvatar, Book One‎Avatar, Book TwoAbyssDemons of Air and DarknessTwilightThis Gray SpiritCathedralLesser EvilRising SonThe Left Hand of Destiny, Book OneThe Left Hand of Destiny, Book TwoUnity • "Cardassia: The Lotus Flower" • "Andor: Paradigm" • "Trill: Unjoined" • "Bajor: Fragments and Omens" • "Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed" • "The Dominion: Olympus Descending" • WarpathFearful SymmetryThe Soul KeyThe Never-Ending SacrificeThe MissingSacraments of FireAscendanceForce and MotionThe Long MirageEnigma TalesOriginal Sin
Miniseries and anthologies The Lives of DaxDivided We FallMission GammaWorlds of Deep Space Nine (Volume One, Two & Three)
Short stories and novellas "Horn and Ivory" • "The Officers' Club" • Lust's Latinum Lost (and Found)Rules of AccusationI, The Constable
Comics N-Vector • "Crossfire" • "No Quarter" • "All Fall Down" • "United We Stand"
Omnibuses Twist of FaithThese Haunted Seas
Related Star Trek: Section 31Star Trek: Terok NorStar Trek: DestinyStar Trek: Typhon PactStar Trek: The FallStar Trek: Coda


The novel is set in October of 2382, six years and nine months after the final Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode, "What You Leave Behind" and two years and eleven months after the final TNG movie: Star Trek Nemesis as well as nearly eleven and a half decades after the end of Operation Vanguard.

published order
Previous novel:
Losing the Peace
TNG novels
Next novel:
Indistinguishable from Magic
Previous novel:
Rough Beasts of Empire
DS9 novels
Next novel:
Plagues of Night
Previous story:
Seven Deadly Sins
The First Peer
Stories by:
Dayton Ward
Next story:
Almost Tomorrow
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Plagues of Night
Chapter 9
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Plagues of Night
Chapter 10-12

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