Pax Galactica. Enemies become allies. Old secrets are at last revealed. Long-held beliefs and widely accepted truths are challenged. Man turns to leisurely pursuits.
In this golden age, two old friends are drawn together. They seek to understand, and wonder how what they have long believed, what they have been taught was never so.
Over two hundred years ago, the life of one of Starfleet's earliest pioneers came to a tragic end, and Captain Jonathan Archer, the legendary commander of Earth's first warp five starship, lost a close friend. Or so it seemed for many years. But with the passage of time, and the declassification of certain crucial files, the truth about that fateful day—the day that Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III didn't die—could finally be revealed.
Why did Starfleet feel it was necessary to rewrite history? And why only now can the truth be told?
The story starts out with Nog walking down a street, and it is revealed that his previous leg replacement has been removed in favor of a new leg grown from his own tissue. He finds the house he was looking for, which is Jake Sisko's. He notes that the house has little technology on the outside such as a doorbell, which is very strange for earth houses of the period. Jake happily invites him inside, and the two reminesce. Nog has married four times, five if you count the wife he married twice. He reveals the purpose of his visit- he was studying 22nd century warp mechanics when he found some recently declassified files about events everyone in the Federation was taught happened in 2161 but actually happened in 2155. Nog has brought with him the datachips containing two versions of events- the ones everyone was taught and the one he found. He and Jake start playing the datachips...
A Romulan scientist, Ehrehin I'Ramnau Tr'Avrak, is in a research complex with his assistant, Cunaehr, testing a prototype of a warp seven engine. The experiment is approved to continue, and he starts the engine. The engine does not work, and engulfs the complex in flames. Most of the research team is beamed out by a nearby military vessel, and Ehrehin ponders his fate.
Jonathan Archer is at a meeting for the Coalition of Planets, an interstellar alliance of which he is the founder. The senior staff of Enterprise present (Doctor Phlox, Hoshi Sato, Travis Maywhether, Captain Archer, and Malcolm Reed) are seized by deja vu as two days prior, during a similar meeting, it was discovered that Paxton, a leader of a xenophobic terrorist group, had cloned Trip and T'Pol and made their daughter, Elizabeth. This saddens Archer, as Trip and T'Pol had gone to bury their daughter on Vulcan instead of being at the meeting.
Shortly before the burial, Trip tries to hug T'Pol, but she pushes him away and Trip wonders if that was the moment their romantic relationship ended. During the burial, T'Pol laughs, which surprises Trip. He comes over to hug her, and this time she lets him. They hug and cry with each other for a long time, during which T'Pol feels that being around Trip would prevent her from healing properly, and that is why she decided to end their relationship.
Former admiral Valdore is taken from his prison cell, as he was arrested after the failure of the Romulans automated drone-ship program, as the Romulan government needed to hold someone accountable. They need him again, and say they will reinstate his former rank of admiral with the condition that his colleague, who was also arrested for the same reason, will be executed in his place. Valdore argues that if his colleague is executed, he will not work, thus being counter productive. The woman who had him taken from his cell agrees, and a look passes between Valdore and his colleague. Valdore realizes that his colleague has little to lose and would have probably preferred to be executed then go back for decades in his cell. Valdore is given a chance to bathe, eat properly, and change his clothes. He is brought up-to-date with what he missed since being imprisoned. Remembering how the drone-ships were piloted by Aenar, Valdore decides to have several more of them kidnapped to start working on more telepresence ships.
Shran, Archer's old Andorian friend/adversary, has been living with the Aenar for eight months. Although he and another Aenar, Jhamel, are in love, she is getting joined to three other Aenar in a bonding ritual that's common for Aenar and Andorians (Andorians/Aenar have four genders, all of which are needed for procreation). Shortly before they can complete the ritual, however, Orions attack the Aenar settlement, and with the Aenar being pacifists, cannot fight back. One of Jhamel's bondmates, Thrax, runs away in fear, leaving Jhamel and one of her other bondmates alone in the center of the room, the other bondmate having been separated from Jhamel and the other bondmate. Shran tries to reach Jhamel, but cannot, so he opts to try and fight the Orions since the other Aenar cannot. He ends up killing one and acquiring his weapon and shoots several more. They retreat, but capture many Aenar.
Jake is perplexed by this, as the rest of the Federation were taught that in 2161, after Shran got married to Jhamel, their five-year-old child was kidnapped and that was why Shran left the military and requested Archer's assistance. Nog says that Commander Tucker's 'death' is what Jake should really be concerned about. Jake is incredulous, and asks Nog if he "skipped ahead". Nog says yes, and Jake jokingly says that he doesn't want to know any spoilers. They continue watching.
Archer is preparing for the signing of the Coalition Pact which will happen in three weeks, which Trip and T'Pol will attend, and gets a hail from Shran. Shran asks Archer for help in locating the missing Aenar, specifically Jhamel.
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- Haroun al-Rashid • Jonathan Archer • Ehrehin i'Ramnau tr'Avrak • Baird • Gregory Black • Gannet Brooks • Mike Burch • George Casey • Hideaki Chang • R'Kal i'Rrhiol ch'Chulla • Cunaehr • Thirijhamel zh'Dhaven • D'tran • Garab • Sam Gardner • Garver • Gora bim Gral • Selma Guitierrez • Hanshev • Matthew Harris • Erika Hernandez • Kalev • Elena Kemper • Nelson Kemper • Khoulka'las • Lekev • Anitheras th'Lenthar • Lissan • L'Nel • Travis Mayweather • David McCammon • Fiona McKenzie • MoulMa's • Moulton • Nijil • Nog • Nveih i'Ihhliae t'Jaihen • Odo • Donna O'Neill • Meredith Peruzzi • Phlox • Tinh Hoc Phuong • Porthos • Lahvishri sh'Ralaavazh • Rhai • Malcolm Reed • Avaranthi sh'Rothress • Miguel Salazar • Nathan Samuels • Hoshi Sato • S'Eliahn • Shkt'kooj • Thy'lek Shran • Jake Sisko • Solkar • Sopek/Ch'uihv • Onalishenar ch'Sorichas • Soval • Stepanczyk • Taith • Tanekh • Terix • T'Ihlaah • T'Leikha • T'Pau • T'Pol • Albert Tucker • Charles Tucker II • Charles Tucker III • Elaine Tucker • Valdore i'Kaleh tr'Ihaimehn • Anlenthoris ch'Vhendreni • Vosleht • Vrax • Wungki
- Referenced only
- Aratenik • Henry Archer • Azeni Korena • Baird • Wernher von Braun • Charaleas • Chef • Clark • Zefram Cochrane • Dax • Jadzia Dax • Diressa • Rafael Douglas • Vic Fontaine • John Ford • Maxwell Forrest • Gareb • Homer • Bill Hunt • Boris Karloff • Sergei Korolev • Koss • Naarg • Friedrich Nietzsche • Odo • Palmieri • John Frederick Paxton • Quark • Claude Rains • Rom • Scheherazade • Sessinek • Shallash • Shanchen • Benjamin Sisko • Jennifer Sisko • Joseph Sisko • Solnev • Surak • Talas • Thirizaz • T'Karik • T'Les • T'Rheis • Deanna Troi • Elizabeth Tucker • Elizabeth T'Les Tucker • Uzaveh • V'Las • George Washington • Zheusal
- Adigeon Prime • Andoria • Coridan Prime (Idanev • Idanev Sea) • Earth (Alabama • Candlestick Park • Louisiana • New Orleans • Presidio • San Francisco • Terrebonne Parish) • Nelvana III • Rator II • Rigel X • Romulus (Dartha City • Hall of State) • Sector 001 • Unroth III • Vulcan (ShiKahr • T'Karath Sanctuary • Vulcan's Forge) • unnamed F-type star • unnamed orange star
- Referenced only
- Adigeon system • Apnex Sea • AR-558 • Bajor • Caribbean Sea • Coit Tower • Deep Space 9 • Delphic Expanse • Ferenginar • Florida • Germany • Great River Apnex • Gulf Coast • Mars • P'Jem • Risa • Tellar • Uridash City
Starships and vehiclesEdit
- Branson Rutan-class • Enterprise (NX-class) • Romulan bird-of-prey • T'Liss-class Bird-of-Prey • Krekolv • Lha Aehallh • Qiuu Nnuihs • Shuttlepod 1 • S'Task • T'Lluadh
- Referenced only
- Columbia (NX-class) • Kumari • Praetor Pontilus • Shuttlepod 2 • telepresence drone ship
Races and culturesEdit
- Adigeon • Aenar • Andorian • Coridanite • Denobulan • Ferengi • Human • Orion • Reman • Romulan/Rihannsu • Tellarite • Vulcan
- Referenced only
- Betazoid • Changeling • Klingon • Rigelian • Skorr • Suliban • Tandaran • Vissian • Xindi
States and organizationsEdit
- Andorian Empire • Andorian Imperial Guard • Coalition Council • Coalition of Planets • Confederacy of Vulcan • Coridan Defense Fleet • Ejhoi Ormiin • Founder • Imperial Fleet of the Romulan Star Empire • Imperial Senate of the Romulan Star Empire • MACO • Orion Syndicate • People's Republic of Coridan • Romulan Star Empire • Section 31 • United Earth • United Earth Starfleet • United Planets of Tellar • United Rigel Colonies • Vulcan Council
- Referenced only
- Klingon Empire • NATO • Syrrannite • Temple of Uzaveh • Terra Prime • Vulcan High Command • Vulcan Science Academy
- 2155 • 2161 • 2376 • 2377 • Aldebaran mud leech • alik • antenna • antigrav chair • antimatter • artificial gravity • asteroid field • asymmetrical peristaltic field manipulation • Augment • avaihh lli vastam • bandage • baseball • Battle of Cardassia • Beaujolais • biobed • biosynthetic limb • Blue Hawaii • bridge • captain's mess • cat • cheese • Chief Technologist • cochrane • chroniton • chronometer • civil war • Coalition Compact • coffee • Cold War • command chair • communicator • concrete • daeinos aehallh • data card • data chip • deuterium • dierha • dilithium • disruptor pistol • Dominion War • drabbik • dress uniform • duranium • dynospanner • eisae • environmental suit • Erebus • escape pod • Eugenics Wars • ewa • farron • February • ferravat • First Consul of the Romulan Star Empire • fog • forest • Frankenstein • fvheisn • glebbening • God • grain • graviton • Havreen • Heisenberg compensator • hlai • hnoiyikar • Honor Blade • hull breach • hull plating • hydrospanner • ice • ice borer • IDIC • inertial damper • inner eyelid • The Invisible Man • isolinear chip • January • jolan'tru • kaleh • kal-toh • katra • Kentucky bourbon • keva • khaidoa • Kir'Shara • kylin'the • latinum • leg • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance • manta ray • March • marlin • mask • medical scanner • memorial service • mind-meld • neutronium • Old High Rihannsu • Operation Return • optical cable • Orion Syndicate Economic Protocols • pacifism • padd • pergium • phase cannon • phase pistol • photonic torpedo • power relay • Praetor of the Romulan Star Empire • pressure suit • Quonset hut • rain • raktajino • Romulan ale • safety harness • salami • science station • shelthreth • sherawood • sickbay • Skagaran Lone Star Tequila • subspace transceiver • subspace transmitter • Sundering • sword • Sword of Damocles • tactical station • Tasmeen • telepathy • Throne of Life • titanium • toast • transparent aluminum • transparisteel • transponder • transporter • tree • trellium • trillium • turbolift • universal translator • Ushaan • Ushaan-Tor • viewscreen • warp field • whiskey • Whole • wine • World War III • xenophobia • zhavey • zombie
- This is Andy Mangels' & Michael A. Martin's longest book to date with a word count of around 121,000 words and over fifty chapters.
- An excerpt from this novel was published in issue 131 of Star Trek Magazine.
- There is a reference to the events of the DS9 relaunch, in that Jake and Nog say 2376 was an interesting year, as well as 2377.
- Numerous species are mentioned that Earth has not encountered yet. Mention is made of a Betazoid wedding and rumors that speak of the Skorr.
- Section 31 makes reference to their knowledge of the mirror universe.
- ENT episode: Kir'Shara ; Shows the reformation of the Vulcan government after exposing V'Las's ambitions. The book makes reference to loyalists from V'Las's government that Minister T'Pau is attempting to remove.
- ENT episode: The Aenar ; Introduction of Admiral Valdore and his plot to use telepresence drones to destabilize the Coalition of Planets by using telepathic Aenar to remotely control Romulan ships.
- ENT episode: Terra Prime ; Reference to Elizabeth T'Les Tucker and the relationship developed between Charles Tucker III and Commander T'Pol.
- ENT episode: These Are the Voyages... ; Final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise which shows Charles Tucker III dying.
|Star Trek: Enterprise prose publications|
|Novelizations||Broken Bow • Shockwave • The Expanse|
|Original novels||set during the series||By the Book • What Price Honor? • Surak's Soul • Daedalus • Daedalus's Children • Last Full Measure • Rosetta|
|set after the series||The Good That Men Do • Kobayashi Maru • The Romulan War (Beneath the Raptor's Wing • To Brave the Storm) • Rise of the Federation (A Choice of Futures • Tower of Babel • Uncertain Logic • Live by the Code • Patterns of Interference )|
Age of the Empress
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Last Full Measure
Andy Mangels & Michael A. Martin
Excelsior: Forged in Fire
A Less Perfect Union
Chapter 2 (sections 2)
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|The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2155.|
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in one other timeframe:
|Early 25th century||Next Adventure:|
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Epilogue, 34, 35, 36, 44