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In the Star Trek universe it is necessary to have a dating system. 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 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.
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: ''For conversion from stardate year to OOC year, as designated In Character, click the "Discussion" tab above.''
  
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 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 in this group.
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In the Star Trek universe it is necessary to have a dating system, however the calendar system that is used on Earth is not suitable, 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 system is used.  
  
You will be glad to hear that the our stardate system is very simple indeed. Our stardates are of the following format:
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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 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 in the UFOP group.  
  
: yyyymm.dd
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You will be glad to hear that the UFOP Stardate system is very simple indeed. Our stardates are of the following format:
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: '''yyyymm.dd'''
  
 
Where:  
 
Where:  
  
: yyyy = The current IN CHARACTER year
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: yyyy = The current UFOP year
 
: mm = The current REAL month
 
: mm = The current REAL month
 
: dd = The current REAL date
 
: 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 is the 3rd day of the month, then you would use '''03'''. If today were the 22nd day of the month, you would use '''22'''.
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The current REAL date is simply the current date. '''Today's date is {{CURRENTDAY2}}.''' (Note: The date is always two digits, so the 4th of the month would be 04).  
  
The current REAL month is a two digit number representing the real month. So, for example, {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} would then be '''{{CURRENTMONTH}}'''.
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The current REAL month is a two digit number representing the real month (so if it is January the number is 01, February is 02 etc). '''The current month is {{CURRENTMONTH}}.'''
  
The IN CHARACTER year roughly places our sim within the timeframe of recent movies and Star Trek shows. Our In Character game is set 377 years in the future, so you can calculate the IC year by adding 377 to the current ''real'' year. As the current year is 2006, then the IC year is '''2383'''.
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The UFOP year is simply the current UFOP year. UFOP is set 377 years in the future, so this is achieved by adding 377 to the current year. '''The current UFOP year is {{#expr:({{CURRENTYEAR}}+377)}}.'''
  
Adding all of these parts together gives you your stardate. As you can see, once you understand the principle behind it all, finding a stardate is very simple. If you are still unsure of the system, or have any questions about it, contact your captain for another explanation.
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Adding all of these parts together gives you your Stardate: '''{{#expr:({{CURRENTYEAR}}+377)}}{{CURRENTMONTH}}.{{CURRENTDAY2}}'''
  
And, keep in mind that you can always find the current stardate on the [http://www.starbase118.net/members main page] of our website.
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As you can see, once you understand the principle behind it all, finding a Stardate is very simple. If you are still unsure of the system, or have any questions about it, contact your captain or any member of the UFOP Executive Council (EC).
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===Prior Systems===
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Before the year 2000, stardates were calculated in a different manner. This method is obsolete, but is included here for reference. Stardates were calculated as follows:
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: '''yymm.dd'''
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Where:
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: yy = The last two digits of the REAL year
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: mm = The current REAL month
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: dd = The current REAL date
  
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For conversion from stardate year to OOC year, as designated In Character, click the "Discussion" tab above.

In the Star Trek universe it is necessary to have a dating system, however the calendar system that is used on Earth is not suitable, 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 system is used.

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 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 in the UFOP group.

You will be glad to hear that the UFOP Stardate system is very simple indeed. Our stardates are of the following format:

yyyymm.dd

Where:

yyyy = The current UFOP year
mm = The current REAL month
dd = The current REAL date

The current REAL date is simply the current date. Today's date is 11. (Note: The date is always two digits, so the 4th of the month would be 04).

The current REAL month is a two digit number representing the real month (so if it is January the number is 01, February is 02 etc). The current month is 07.

The UFOP year is simply the current UFOP year. UFOP is set 377 years in the future, so this is achieved by adding 377 to the current year. The current UFOP year is 2397.

Adding all of these parts together gives you your Stardate: 239707.11

As you can see, once you understand the principle behind it all, finding a Stardate is very simple. If you are still unsure of the system, or have any questions about it, contact your captain or any member of the UFOP Executive Council (EC).


Prior Systems

Before the year 2000, stardates were calculated in a different manner. This method is obsolete, but is included here for reference. Stardates were calculated as follows:

yymm.dd

Where:

yy = The last two digits of the REAL year
mm = The current REAL month
dd = The current REAL date


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