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Memory Alpha was first in a series of outpost facilities that were created to house the whole of the Federation's extensive library of knowledge. Memory Alpha was created specifically as an open, undefended center of knowledge of the Federation and the galaxy. It is located in the Alpha Quadrant. (TOS episode: "The Lights of Zetar"; ST reference: Star Charts)
Memory Alpha was located on a planetoid in what is referred to as the Memory Alpha system, in the Teneebia sector, within the Alpha Centauri sector block region of space. (ST video game: Star Trek Online)
After an attack on it by beings from Zetar, the Symphony Alpha complex was also built on its surface, headed by Commissioner Mira Romaine. (TOS video game: Star Trek: Starfleet Academy - Strategic Command)
During the time when Memory Alpha was out of commission due to the Zetar attack, a new outpost named Memory Prime was created to help protect and decentralize the model of Federation library facilties after the great loss of the Alpha archive. During this time, the expensive plans to bring Memory Alpha back online as a sister facility ran into major holdups and was sometimes jokingly referred to as "Memory Omega". (TOS novel: Memory Prime)
After the death of Shinzon, researchers at Memory Alpha completed a study to determine what would have happened if the mad Praetor had not been stopped. The published preliminary analysis revealed that both the Alpha and Beta quadrants would have been consumed by total thalaron war which would have made a new dark age that would have consumed and devastated entire civilizations. The aftermath would have resulted in surviving powers being too weak to challenge the Borg Collective. (TOS novel: Captain's Blood)