# Changes

## Stardate

, 19:45, 4 May 2008
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fixing stardate, useless having todays date, if it constantly changes.
{{Academy-Miscacademy}}In the Star Trek universe it is necessary to have a dating system. The , however the calendar system that is used on Earth is not suitable, however, as it based on Earth specific time units (i.e. the Earth year is the time taken for Earth to orbit its sun). As such the stardate Stardate system is used so that all vessels and starbases, which are not bound by the environmental contraints of a setting sun, can have a common frame of reference.
Stardates are used in Star Trek as a Federation-wide common system for the measurement of time, much in the same way we use the Gregorian calendar system today (January, February, March etc). It is not necessary to understand the theory behind how a common stardate Stardate system would really be calculated (even in the Star Trek series' the numbers were arbitrarily selected between a series start value and end value), however it is important that you understand how we decide stardates Stardates in this the UFOP group.
You will be glad to hear that the our stardate UFOP Stardate system is very simple indeed. Our stardates are of the following format:
: yyyymm.dd
Where:
: yyyy = The current IN CHARACTER UFOP year
: mm = The current REAL month
: dd = The current REAL date
The current REAL date is simply the current date of the month in two-digit terms. For example, if today i.e. Today it would be 18 (Note: The date is the 3rd day of the monthalways two digits, then you would use '''03'''. If today were so the 22nd day 4th of the month, you would use '''22'''be 04).
The current REAL month is a two digit number representing the real month. So, for example(so if it is January the number is 01, {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} would then be '''{{CURRENTMONTH}}'''February is 02 etc). The current month is August and so this is represented by 08
The IN CHARACTER UFOP year roughly places our sim within is simply the timeframe of recent movies and Star Trek showscurrent UFOP year. Our In Character game UFOP is set 377 years in the future, so you can calculate the IC year this is achieved by adding 377 to the current ''real'' year. As the The current UFOP year is 2008, then the IC year is '''2385'''.
Adding all of these parts together gives you your stardateStardate. As you can see, once you understand the principle behind it all, finding a stardate Stardate is very simple. If you are still unsure of the system, or have any questions about it, contact your captain for another explanation. And, keep in mind that you can always find the current stardate on or any member of the [http://wwwUFOP Executive Council (EC).starbase118.net/members main page] of our website. ==Stardate to real date equivalents==* 2385 = 2008* 2384 = 2007* 2383 = 2006* 2382 = 2005* 2381 = 2004* 2380 = 2003* 2379 = 2002* 2378 = 2001* 2377 = 2000* 2376 = 1999* 2375 = 1998* 2370 = 1993* 2365 = 1988* 2360 = 1983
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