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Star Trek Online is set in the years 2409/2410, thirty years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis. The alliance between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire has collapsed, and both sides are once again at war. The Romulan Star Empire continues to deal with the fallout of the loss of their homeworld twenty-two years earlier (as shown in J. J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot), while the Dominion rebuilds its forces. The Borg Collective has re-emerged as a major threat. Each player is the captain of his or her own individual ship, utilizing any and all officers who have access to a ship, including the player's character. In keeping with naval tradition, anyone who commands a ship, regardless of his or her actual rank, is considered a de facto "captain". Currently, there are three factions available: Federation; Klingon; and Romulan, and players can create characters from any of these factions at level 1. Previously, Klingon characters could only be unlocked at and after level 25, and Romulan characters were not available. Bridge officers have a separate progression, including the purchase of skills and equipment, and can be promoted to higher ranks by their ships' captains. The game features references to several famous storylines, ships, and characters from various Star Trek television series. The story unfolds in the standard timeline established within the televised Star Trek series, mostly ignoring the events presented in Abrams' Star Trek reboot, which is set in an alternate timeline. However, it does follow the plot from the reboot - the destruction of Romulus - that is within the "prime" Star Trek timeline. One confirmed reference to Abrams' film was revealed when Zachary Quinto announced at the 2009 Spike TV Video Game Awards that he will be voicing dialogue during the game's tutorial. Leonard Nimoy is heard for all of the gameplay and exploration voice-over samples. Chase Masterson joined the game as "Holo-Leeta" in 2010. The LCARS computer system dialog is voiced by a Majel Barrett impersonator. Other Star Trek alumni have also returned to provide voicing for their earlier roles. Starting with the Legacy of Romulus expansion in 2013, Denise Crosby has voiced both the characters of Tasha Yar and Sela. Michael Dorn reprised his role as Worf later in the year. In February 2014, Tim Russ returned to the role of Tuvok. With the launch of the game's second expansion, Delta Rising, in October, Star Trek: Voyager actors Ethan Phillips, Robert Picardo, Jeri Ryan and Garrett Wang returned to voice their roles of Neelix, The Doctor, Seven of Nine and Harry Kim, respectively, for the game. In 2015, Aron Eisenberg, Robert Duncan McNeill, Lisa LoCicero and Kim Rhodes joined the game. In addition, Chase Masterson returned (this time as "Mirror Leeta"), and Kipleigh Brown appeared as "Administrator Kuumaarke" (a different character from that which she portrayed in the television series).
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