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11th Jun '16 8:23:33 PM NewVirginiaCreeper
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*** I gather we're supposed to think that the name of the Klingon homeworld, Qo'noS, transliterates to "Kronos," the same name as the Titan, and this is a coincidence.
3rd Jun '16 10:19:59 AM NewVirginiaCreeper
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** We do do very occasionally (like Jono listening to Talarian electronica in "Suddenly Human," allowing Picard to sneer at this "music" in sitcom dad fashion).
3rd Jun '16 10:13:24 AM NewVirginiaCreeper
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*** That Roddenberry "was the one who ultimately decided what was canon and what wasn't" is nominally true insofar as he liked to issue edicts like "Star Trek V is apocryphal!" in flailing attempts to exercise post hoc control over a franchise that lay in the hands of others (and which were promptly ignored by virtually everyone on the production end, even if they were accepted by some fans with particularly narrow horizons as to what counts as "legit" Star Trek). While one could regard story elements created after his death as non-canon if one so chose, that would be redefining "canon" into something extremely limiting, and if you wanted to be absolutely consistent, then EVERYTHING after his death would have to be consigned to the shadowy illegitimacy of non-canon... you shouldn't get to pick and choose.
2nd Jun '16 6:01:15 PM Luppercus
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***That's a good example. The Federation calls "Cronos" (another Greek god) the Klingon homeworld, but the name in Klingon is Qo'noS, so we know that at least there's other case of translation convention. Wether cases like Cardassia or Bajor remain (probably) untraslated, that's not uncommon in real life either. Deutschland in German is call Germany in English and Alemania in Spanish for example, but Costa Rica is call the same in every language even when it means "Rich Coast", so there are cases in which, for whatever reasons, some names are translated and some not. Maybe the same happens with planets.
2nd Jun '16 2:41:07 PM NewVirginiaCreeper
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*** This is just it: who's to say that they're not? The Romulans hail from a planet that for whatever reason got the classical appellation "Romulus." The Cardassians hail from a planet that did not get such a name -- but it could well be that "Cardassian" is still just the name the Federation uses, rather than the indigenous name the Cardassians use for themselves (just as we English speakers generally say "German" rather than "Deutsch").
30th May '16 6:22:16 PM Luppercus
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***Well actually Klingon is not the name the Klingon give to themselves, is tlhIngan.
30th May '16 4:25:41 AM Tuomas
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** If it's just a case of TranslationConvention, why are there meaningful human names for these three planets, but not for any others, such as Klingon or Cardassia or Bajor?
28th May '16 3:02:01 PM NewVirginiaCreeper
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** The concept is probably that these are just the human names for them and they have indigenous names that we don't hear just because of a TranslationConvention. Duane Carey famously invented "Rihannsu" as the Romulans' name for themselves.
11th May '16 7:24:41 AM Luppercus
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:Well, the expanded universe does explains that the alien seen in the episode ''Who Mourns for Adonais?'' Named itself Apollo belong to a race of god-like aliens that inspired Earth’s Greek-Roman culture and ancient Vulcan culture. If this is ever explained on-screen, IDK.

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:Well, **Well, the expanded universe does explains that the alien seen in the episode ''Who Mourns for Adonais?'' Named itself Apollo belong to a race of god-like aliens that inspired Earth’s Greek-Roman culture and ancient Vulcan culture. If this is ever explained on-screen, IDK.
11th May '16 7:23:31 AM Luppercus
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:Well, the expanded universe does explains that the alien seen in the episode ''Who Mourns for Adonais?'' Named itself Apollo belong to a race of god-like aliens that inspired Earth’s Greek-Roman culture and ancient Vulcan culture. If this is ever explained on-screen, IDK.
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