Live by the Code is the fourth novel in the Rise of the Federation series by Christopher L. Bennett, and was released 29 March 2016.


Admiral Jonathan Archer has barely settled in as Starfleet Chief of Staff when new crises demand his attention. The Starfleet task force commanded by Captain Malcolm Reed continues its fight against the deadly Ware technology, but one of the task force ships is captured, its Andorian crew imprisoned by an interstellar Partnership that depends on the Ware for its prosperity. Worse, the Partnership has allied with a renegade Klingon faction, providing it with Ware drone fleets to mount an insurrection against the Klingon Empire. Archer sends Captain T'Pol and Endeavour to assist Reed in his efforts to free the captured officers. But he must also keep his eye on the Klingon border, for factions within the Empire blame Starfleet for provoking the Ware threat and seek to take revenge. Even the skill and dedication of the captains under Archer's command may not be enough to prevent the outbreak of the Federation's first war!


The Klingons request Phlox's assistance in investigating the death of their chancellor M'Rek. Phlox quickly establishes that he died from a genetically engineered virus created by Krit, the son of Antaak, triggering the succession process.

The Vol'Rala continues Starfleet's mission to eradicate the Ware. They come across the Partnership of Civilisations, a race who used the Wares by having volunteers run them for a few months each, being replaced before they suffer permanent damage. However, the Vol'Rala deactivates the Wares on each world in turn, leaving behind support ships to assist the change. Vabion allies himself with a Klingon privateer, Lokog, and together they protect the next planet in the chain and help them capture the Vol'Rala. In return, Lokog is provided with Ware drone ships.

The Pioneer heads to investigate only to learn that the Partnership races are incapable of having a technological society without the Wares. Furthermore, races not suited to the environments on the planets where the Wares have been deactivated have died in their tens of thousands. Meanwhile, B'orel, one of the candidates for Klingon leadership who has advocated the annihilation of the QuchHa', has ordered the massacre of one of their colonies, prompting senior QuchHa' to turn to Lokog's drone ships in order to fight a rebellion.

Phlox invites Archer and the crew of the Endeavour to the wedding of his daughter Vaneel and an Antaran, Pehle Retab. However, Phlox's Antaran-hating son, Mettus, kills Pehle's father Sohon shortly after the ceremony. Although he is to be extradited to Antar, Mettus is abducted by anti-Denobulan Antarans who intend to hold a show trial and execution. Phlox convinces the Antaran authorities to rescue him. Mettus is jailed on Antar and begins to rebuild his relationship with Phlox.

The Endeavour joins the Pioneer: En route, Sato is informed of Tucker's survival. They and Vabion separately track the origin of the Ware: A company created them for profit, gaining a monopoly on all products, but soon became so obsessed with profit that they failed to train any engineers to maintain them. Following their program to the letter, the Ware began the process of abducting people to replace its computer processes, eventually destroying the civilisation. Starfleet offer to help the Partnership by replacing the volunteers with computer processors but early experiments only destroy the Ware.

The war-like Klingon factions decide to declare war on both the Ware and the Federation. Deqan, the Arbiter of Succession, manages to alert the Federation to the first attacks and declares whoever ends the Ware-supported rebellion will be chancellor. Section 31, using information from Olivia Akomo, supply the Klingons with the means to destroy the Ware, with which they invade Partnership space. Starfleet are forced to retreat, taking as many refugees as possible to the worlds already free of the Ware. The Vol'Rala crew are restored to their ship and sacrifice themselves to cover the withdrawal. "Collier" is blamed for the information leak by Section 31, forcing Tucker to assume a new identity.

New Klingon Chancellor Khorkal ends the rebellion. Laneth kills Bo'rel in a duel (secretly using a poisoned blade) and K'Vagh replaces him on the High Council.

Tucker discovers Abramson has assumed a new identity as Akharin, supported by Akomo and Vabion. Now completely disillusioned with Section 31, he proposes an alliance.




Giered CharasTavrithinn th'CheenZheusal zh'EtharSilash ch'GesritZharian th'LesinasSenthofar ch'MenlichVinithnel sh'MirrinResthenar sh'PrenniMolsetev sh'RetsuAranthanien ch'RevashTrenev SharnThy'lek ShranAntocadra sh'ThyfonKitazoanra zh'Vethris
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Lecheb sh'MakeshFinirath ch'MezretChelienal sh'RegdaVeneth RoosAvaranthi sh'RothressTrenev SharnUzavehMenteshay th'Zaigrel


Fintar BokalMathas KajelPehle RetabSohon RetabGolouv Ruehn
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Olivia AkomoJonathan ArcherMiguel AvilaHari BanerjiElizabeth CutlerDanica EricksonFlint (Willem Abramson, Antonius Taranullus) • HarrisHong Sun-wooJeremy LucasMorgan KellyEdiz KemalSamuel Abraham KirkTravis MayweatherSteven MullenKatrina NdiayePedro OrtegaAlexis OsmanCaroline ParisMalcolm ReedReynaldo SanguptaHoshi SatoBryce ShumarRegina TallaricoCharles Tucker III/Philip CollierMarcus WilliamsValeria WilliamsSandra Yuan
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Haroun al-RashidSanta ClausEmory EricksonMaxwell ForrestSamuel GardnerW.M. JefferiesTakashi KimuraGeorge La ForgeTherese LiaoLingUttan NarsuDonna O'NeillMichel RomaineArik SoongElizabeth Tucker


AlejdarAntaakB'orelD'KhurDeqanGhopmoqJa'rod, son of DurasK'Vagh, son of Wor'maqKalunKholarKhorkalKlorekKon'JefKor, son of KaltarKorokKrellKrit, son of AntaakKrugtLaneth, daughter of GarjudLokogNevokhRamnokVhelisWorik
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BakokhDuras, son of ToralGarjudKahless the UnforgettableKaltarKrimM'TarM'RekMarab, son of K'VaghMur'EqRynarTygrak




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Rinheith ChepFendopGaraverVinik-HevBoda JahletPorthosRonledWylbet SkosHavek-TalTchonethTurimUmplorDaskel VabionTefcsm var SkosBexa-Xak
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BosharChouerdGondobGrollMaltuvisMazrilNimthuDworra SindarSorbodElizabeth T'Les TuckerUrwen Zeheri

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Atlirith (Kumari-class) • Atmospheric transport craftBalduk destroyerUSS Docana (Kumari-class) • USS Endeavour (Columbia-class) • USS Essex (Daedalus-class) • USS Flabbjellah (Sevaijen-class) • Freight shuttleIKS Gantin (Raptor-class) • IKS Haj (D5-class) • USS Kinaph (Sevaijen-class) • Klingon bird-of-preyUSS Pioneer (Intrepid-class) • ShuttleSuD QavTajtiq-classUSS Tashmaji (Ilthirin-class) • USS Thelasa-vei (Kumari-class) • USS Trenkanshent sh'Lavan (Sevaijen-class) • USS Vol'Rala (Kumari-class) • Ware battleshipXarantine freighter
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USS Apollo (Columbia-class) • USS Ares (Columbia-class) • USS Buran (Columbia-class) • USS Ceres (Ceres-class) • USS Charybdis (Columbia-class) • DY seriesEnterprise (NX-class) • Ganges-classJ-classKarik-tor (Maymora-class) • Marshall-classNeptune-classUSS Phoenix (Columbia-class) • Poseidon-classRonuasUSS Shenlong (Columbia-class) • USS Soyuz (Columbia-class) • Tellarite freighterIGS ThalisarUSS Valiant (Columbia-class) • USS Zabathu (Ilthirin-class)


Andor (Laikan) • Antar (Capital MetrocomplexEnphera DesertTileb Prison) • Ardan IVArvospu system (Cometary belt) • Avathox (Zytheel) • Beta LankalBorderlandBriar Patch/Klach D'Kel BrachtCentauri VIICotescDenobula (Gronim CityGronim RiverKaybin DistrictMorxin Prison ComplexTregnig Towers) • Earth (Golden Gate BridgeSan FranciscoSausalitoStarfleet Headquarters) • EtrafsoMempa (Mempa VII) • Menvoq (Menvoq VI) • Nierl home systemPebru homeworldPheniot VQo'noS (Qam-Chee) • Rastish (Oceantop City) • SrisWare construction complexWare origin worldWare repair stationWare trading post
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AlrondArken IIB'Saari IICanadaCheronChinaCoridanDa'KelDelphic ExpanseDenevaGhahakGintoril rainforestGre'thorHokkaidoKaferiaKandari sectorKromnoth sectorMempa IIMempa VIIINarendraPegenorPheben (Pheben III) • Qu'Vat sector (Qu'Vat colony) • Rigel (Rigel IV) • São PauloSauriaSolStarbase 12Sto-vo-korTheta Cygni (Theta Cygni XII) • TiburonTitanTokyoUnroth IIIVanotVenusVulcan (Irinthar Mountains) • YeqZenubex

Races and culturesEdit

Andorian (AlrondianTalishThalassan) • AntaranArkeniteBaldukBoslicCentauranDenobulanEnlesriHumanHurraaitJelnaKlingon (HemQuchQuchHa') • MonsofNierlNuvianOrionPebruSris'siTellariteTiburonVanotliVulcanXavothWare
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ArkonianAugmentBorgCoridaniteGuidonKrutuvubKyrawManochaiMempanMenaikNausicaanPhebenReehansaRomulanSaurianTheta CygnianTyrellianVissianXarantineXindi

States and organizationsEdit

Abramson IndustriesAnti-Antaran movementCentral Investigation BureauFederation CommissionFederation Starfleet (Andorian GuardAlpha Centauri Space Research CouncilTellar Defense ForceUESPAVulcan Space Service) • House of AntaakHouse of Mur'eqHouse of PalkarInterspecies Medical ExchangeKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireKlingon High CouncilOrion SyndicatePartnership of CivilizationsPoliceSection 31Silver ArmadaStarfleet CommandTrue Sons of AntarUnited EarthUnited Federation of PlanetsWorldwide Automatics
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Andorian Empire in exileConfederated Martian ColoniesDenobulan CuriaFederation CouncilFirst Families of RigelGrennex AerospaceGuidon PontificateHabitat for HumanoidsHouse of KorKeepers of the ThroneLechebistsRigellian Children's FundRomulan Star EmpireSmithsonian InstitutionStarfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet IntelligenceTerra PrimeUnited Earth StarfleetVegan Choriomeningitis SocietyVulcan High CommandThe Ware CorporationWare task force

Science and technologyEdit

adrenalineanlac'venantimatteratmosphereawakening protocolazotosomebio-electric fieldbiology bioneural circuitrycarboncarbon dioxidecelebiumchronometerdata slatedeflector shielddeuteriumdilithiumdisruptorDNAelectromagnetic fieldengineeringenvironmental suitethaneFesoan classfluoridegenetic engineeringgenetic sequencergenomegranitehorticulturehydrogenimpulse podinertial dampenerion traillife-supportlightning rodmagnetic bootsmagnetic fieldmathematicsmetaphasic radiationmethaneMinshara-classnavigational deflectornitrogennuclear propulsionPa'nar Syndromeparticle beam weaponphase cannonphase riflephaserphotonic torpedophysical therapyphysicsplasma conduitprobeQu'Vat virusquantum fluctuationreplicatorsandstonesensorsensor artifactstellar windsterile field generatorsubspace communicationssulfursupernova remnanttelepathytheoretical astronomytransparent aluminumtransportertransporter scramblertrelliumuniversal translatorwarp bubblewarp coilwarp drivewarp fieldwarp nacelle

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralagentambassadorArbiter of SuccessionArkonian Ambassador to the Federationarmory officercaptaincha'DIchchairmanChancellor of the High Council of the Klingon Empirechief of staffChief of Staff for the Federation Starfleetchirurgeonchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommissionercommodorecommunications officerconstablecouncillorcrewmancyberneticistdiplomatDirector of the Central Investigation BureaudoctorEmperor of the Klingon EmpireensignFederation Commissioner of Defensefirst officerFleet admiralFleet commanderflight controllergeneralgenetic engineergeneticistgovernorhelmsmanhistorianlieutenantlieutenant commanderlinguistmercenarymerchant princessmission specialistnavigatorovermatepilotpiratepotterPresident of the United Federation of Planetsprotocol officerquantum engineerrelief communications officerrelief science officerresearcherscholarscience officersecurity chiefSenior Partnersensor officerterroristtribuneUndersecretary for External AffairsundermateVulcan Administratorwardenxenobotanistyeomanzhavey

Other referencesEdit

189520th century21572190Altairian marsupialAndoriiantelopeanaerobicAndorian calendarbaptismbarbat'lethBattle of CheronBattle of GhahakBattle of MenvoqBattle of Qu'VatBattle of RastishBeagleBerengarian dragonBhakubloodwineBuddhismbulldogCaptain's log, USS Vol'RalacentiphasecheesechokerchurchClan of Cheencoffee/qa'vInCorgid'k tahgDenobulan wineDenobulan-Antaran Warsdesertdistress signaldolphinEarth-Romulan WarEnglishEugenics WarsEvacuation of Ardan IVEvacuation of Cotescfamineflabbjellahflegnar beastThe Forgotten Enterprisegarottegauntletgrishnar catHa'DIbaHhallucinatoriumhazelnutHomneHhurricaneIDICja'chuqjarjeghpu'wI'khest'nklongatlemurlight-yearLor'veln cyclemarsupialMauk-to'Vormilliphasemind meldmochamonsoonparleyPhasePrime DirectiveqeS'a'QuchHa' uprisingraptor-wolfRite of Successionrobesea-hornet moundsexualityshelthrethsia lentharsoap operatargTemporal Cold WarterrorismtlhIngan Holvghlar beetlewalrusvoatWare crisiswaterweddingXindi incidentyurhaathzabathu

Related storiesEdit

Notes Edit

  • Author Christopher Bennett noted on Trekbbs the reasons behind the disappearance of the Ware and the Partnership in later chronologically set stories:
    • Honestly, my goal was to explain why all these species -- not to mention the Ware -- were never seen again in the 23rd or 24th century. They've basically ceased to exist as starfaring entities. Mostly, they've either reverted to a basically animal existence in the wilds of their home/colony worlds or become subsumed into the Klingon Empire, or both (although I implied that the Klingons wouldn't find them useful enough to enslave). The lucky ones are under the protection of the Balduk, but they aren't likely to have much of an interstellar presence ever again. The "conglomeration of races" is gone, period. It has no future. The individual species will endure, but their Ware-enabled collective civilization is destroyed forever. That sucks, but it's essential to the story. And even though it was the Klingons who did the deed, the outcome is the consequence of Section 31's actions, and arguably of Starfleet's intervention in general. And it's a terrible loss -- not as bad as the total extinction of the species involved, because I'm not David Mack , but still drastic and irreversible. And that's what motivates Archer's decision to push for a non-interference policy and Trip's decision to turn on Section 31. So I can't let the Federation off the hook by reversing this loss, by going "Oh, it's okay, the Partnership got all better again." Essentially, most of Ware space is Klingon space from now on. It's that "peninsula" of Klingon territory adjacent to the Romulan Neutral Zone on the Star Charts maps. Though some portion of it may eventually be Federation territory. [1]
  • He also used the story to suggest why Denobulans were far from visible in the later Federation.
    • I initially considered coming up with a more drastic explanation, maybe something similar to what David A. Goodman posited in Federation: The First 150 Years (that they were devastated by a Klingon attack and retreated from space), but I decided there was a simpler solution. Given what Enterprise had canonically established about their preference for clustering together on a single continent, it stood to reason that only a minority of them would be inclined to wander far from home. [2]
  • Certain events in the novel were inspired by Keith R.A. DeCandido's The Klingon Art of War, as Bennett also noted on TrekBBS:
    • That event was established by Keith R.A. DeCandido in The Klingon Art of War, as were the events surrounding the death of the previous chancellor. If Keith thought it was in character for Klingons to use such a tactic, then I'm sure it is. [3]



This novel covers the period from July 8 to December 29 in 2165.

Production historyEdit

Published Order
Previous novel:
Uncertain Logic
Enterprise novels Next novel:
Patterns of Interference
Previous story:
Uncertain Logic
Stories by:
Christopher L. Bennett
Next story:
Time Lock


Star Trek: Enterprise prose publications
Novelizations Broken BowShockwaveThe Expanse
Original novels set during the series By the BookWhat Price Honor?Surak's SoulDaedalusDaedalus's ChildrenLast Full MeasureRosetta
set after the series The Good That Men DoKobayashi MaruThe Romulan War (Beneath the Raptor's WingTo Brave the Storm) • Rise of the Federation (A Choice of FuturesTower of BabelUncertain LogicLive by the CodePatterns of Interference )




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