Player captains are essentially privateersThey don't need to wear uniforms, are responsible for supplying their own equipment, and are not issued direct orders by their superiors. In fact, they aren't even given regular wages, but rather rewarded for carrying out missions. Only NPC captains can be considered enlisted personnel in either Starfleet or the Klingon Defence Forces. Furthermore, because of their semi-official status, they are specially given permission to do things that the ordinary rank-and-file would not be entrusted with, possibly because their respective factions will have some measure of "plausible deniability" in case they are caught.
Several events depicted in previous Trek shows will occur in-game2409 is pretty much the perfect time to have a lot of these things happen.
The tutorial sessions takes place on the holodeck as a Secret Test of CharacterAll promising officers are given the test. Those that pass are given command.
The Guardian of Forever will be used to show us a ton of events from the showsThere are videos out there already of it showing scenes from TOS and Generations; we'll probably get to help beat Soran or meet Zephram Cochrane.
STO will explain exactly why the Romulans seem to have all the same names and whatnot as the Roman civilization on Earth.Oh, man. If that's not a hint, what is?
Admiral Quinn is totally a friggin' Undine/8472 infiltrator.Let's see, he sends you to "escort" that "ambassador" who turns out to be an infiltrator who attempts to murder you (first on the ground, then with a damn Tethys dreadnought), he sends you on another mission where a second Tethys is ripping apart the Klingons, and every time you manage to survive he seems more and more surprised. Suspicious? Nawwwwww...
Jean-Luc Picard's Irumodic Syndrome is going to get cured, and ass kicking will ensue.One Mission in the Task Force Hippocrates Quest has an NPC scientist who comments on the remarkable progress they've been making towards a cure for Irumodic Syndrome.
Everything is an Undine plot.This is made by Cryptic, after all. And since they are perfect shape-shifters, it only makes sense that they're everywhere in the higher ranks!
The Federation has absurdly high standards for Starfleet.Starfleet requires officer-training for postings that would be mere enlisted in an ordinary navy, and even then only takes in the very best of the best. This explains why the Federation is strapped enough for manpower that an ensign can be put in command of a ship (the Federation has been doing this for too long to let go of their standards easily), and how a mere ensign can be qualified to be put in command of a ship. This could be because of Starfleet beginning as the best-of-the-best working together in the early days of Coalition/Federation, when the various members still had their own navies as well.
The Dominion will returnSure, they may have gotten kicked in the teeth at the end of Deep Space Nine, but with this much chaos abounding, you can't really believe they'll stay in their pudding planet for long.
The reward for completing the Dominion featured series arc will be a Jem'Hadar Bridge OfficerKetracel White can't just be there for replicator trash, right?
If/when Star Trek returns to television, it will follow the basic plot of STOIt seems likely that the franchise is going to come back to TV sometime in the future, given the popularity of the most recent film. Since there's so much more 'official' involvement in the game then there has been for any Expanded Universe material, could it be possible that the Powers That Be are using Star Trek Online as a testing ground for new TV series ideas? That would be awesome.
B'Vat went on a long-term mission at some point.As in The Emissary. It would explain the Fridge Logic in him being old enough to have been around in Kirk's days and still being so spry in 2409 - he was in cryo-sleep for a goodly portion of the time in between, and so isn't actually 170 years old in terms of biological age!.
2013 will be a 'Year without Seasons'The devs have been unwilling to call the May update Season 8, saying that it is too big for that. Recent datamining have also revealed evidence of a playable Romulan faction incoming. This theory is that this faction will come this year... but not in the May update, which will merely lay the foundations for it while adding other stuff as well. Instead, what would have been Season 9 will also be a 'too big to be a Season' update, and that update will bring in the Romulans as a playable faction.
Admiral T'Nae in the main timeline is the same person as the T'Nae in Temporal AmbassadorDue to an apparant oversight by the timeship, the only person removed from the Enterprise-C at the end is the player, not T'Nae, Yar or who knows what other alternate timeline crewmembers were aboard. Sela's backstory establishes that crewmembers aboard the Enterprise were taking prisoner, therefore T'Nae could have been one, and could have escaped back to Federation space and joined Starfleet. This would account for how much of a General Ripper she is toward the Romulans. The real question is what happened to the main timeline T'Nae.
J'mpok is an Undine infiltratorWouldn't be the first time the Klingons' efforts at counterintelligence against alien infiltration failed so thoroughly. Reference the changeling who replaced Martok in 2372, despite the various blood tests. Also gives an alternate explanation for him being bound and determined to throw the whole Empire at the Federation: Undine!J'mpok is doing his part to weaken the KDF so that the Undine have an easier time taking on the AQ/BQ superpowers.
The Iconians weren't bombed for being bastards.
The Iconians haven't really come back. It's all a plot by the Tal Shiar, who have access to Iconian science and technology.Notice that we have never directly seen or interacted with an Iconian in the game and neither have any of the NPCs, including people that should have. The only hints that the Iconians control the Tal Shiar come from people like Obisek, leader of the Reman resistance, who have no firsthand, direct knowledge. The "Iconians" also captured Empress Sela, a known enemy of the Tal Shiar who attempted to assassinate the head of the order...a kidnapping done with Romulan ships and equipment. Why is it necessary to assume an alien force made the Tal Shiar capture someone who is already their enemy? In addition, in the "Countdown" comics, it was established the Romulans are hungry for revenge after the supernova, and their modus operandi for this revenge is to reverse-engineer captured technology from more advanced alien races, like the Borg technology to create Nero's ship, the Narada. The Iconians as malevolent ancient conquerors contradicts what we've learned about them from the episodes, which presented them as a scientifically advanced culture destroyed by less advanced races who feared them for their science. The TV episodes featuring the Iconians like "Contagion" strongly hinted that they were never conquerors. Zero evidence is presented for the view they were warlike, as, Picard himself pointed out, no Iconian weapons were ever discovered: the only known Iconian "weapon" is a probe that disrupts computers, though even that, disrupting computers, might be an accident without malevolent intent. Picard speculated that the Iconians were not malevolent or warlike, but were feared and misunderstood by less technologically advanced races. If they really were aggressive conquerors, would less advanced races have really destroyed their homeworld?
The Iconians built the Doomsday Machines.To the Death in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine established that they built structures with Neutronium and STO shows them using Anti-proton weaponry exclusively. Which is exactly what the Doomsday Machine is.
The Iconians and the Preservers are members of the same race.One faction dedicated to preserving sentient life, and another dedicated to conquering/destroying it. The unusual appearance of the Iconians seen in artwork might simply be full body suits they wear to look intimidating.
Tholians are Iconians.Or at least the higher-ranking Tholians are a genetically engineered sub-race of Iconians. Get to level 3 of the New Romulus reputation system and play the mission it gives you. Watch the video of the Tholian report to their headquarters, and compare what you see to this. See the similarity?
The Voth are going to be a Spanner in the Works for the Iconians.One of the things that make the Iconians so dangerous is that they're so technologically advanced, being hundreds of thousands of years old. Well, what about the Voth? They're millions of years old, being sentient dinosaurs. While they might never have endeavoured to have a greater impact on the galaxy, and dogma has restricted their advancement, but they should still have a few goodies lying around that could potentially make the Iconians' lives a bit more difficult should they every start something serious with them.