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Beta Portolan was the primary of the Beta Portolan planetary system. The system was located in the Alpha Quadrant. Its location in the Milky Way Galaxy was depicted on a Federation star chart in 2293. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, production art)

Neural parasites destroyed the civilizations inhabiting its planets long ago. In the mid-23rd century, Federation archaeologists believed these civilizations were the parasites' first victims. Spock's theory that the parasites originated in a place where normal physical laws did not apply suggested that the parasites did not originate on this world, but came there from somewhere else. (TOS: "Operation -- Annihilate!")

"The Explored Galaxy" was a map of charted space in the Alpha Quadrant. Beta Portolan was located between the Tholian Assembly and Romulus. Both locations were identified in DS9: "The Search, Part II", "Call to Arms" as being located in this quadrant. The chart was also seen in several Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes set in the 24th century, from the year 2364 to 2370. These were TNG: "Conspiracy", "The Measure Of A Man", "The Emissary", "The Mind's Eye", "The Game", and DS9: "In the Hands of the Prophets", "Cardassians".

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