On the wall behind Cassius are a map of the Milky Way galaxy (left) and a star chart (right).

In the vast emptiness of the universe, we have found a fullness of cultural diversity. And when a first contact unfolds like this, the cosmos becomes a living, breathing organism. So that within that emptiness, we become a way for the universe to know itself.Ed Mercer to the Regorians[1]

The Universe, or the cosmos,[2] was all of space and time and their contents, including planets, stars, galaxies, and all other forms of matter and energy.

While the Universe contained untold billions of galaxies, the Planetary Union divided its own Milky Way galaxy into quadrants, which were subdivided by sectors. Exact locations within a sector were indicated by positional coordinates and marks.

Galaxy[edit | edit source]

There are billions of planets in our galaxy, and we've barely charted a fraction of them.Captain Ed Mercer[3]

The Milky Way galaxy contained billions of planets, including Earth and all the worlds of the Planetary Union. The size of the Milky Way galaxy was enormous even to civilizations capable of faster-than-light travel, and as of 2420, the Union had barely charted a fraction of its planets.[4]

The Milky Way was roughly 100,000 light years in diameter, a distance which the quantum drive of the USS Orville could cross in 10,000 hours or 416.6667 days, about a week short of a year and two months.

The Milky Way galaxy was replete with complex and sentient life. According to Talla Keyali, the Union was aware of thousands of different cultures.[5]

Quadrants[edit | edit source]

So, how many ships in the fleet these days?"
"About 3,000, spread over the whole quadrant, which, when you think about the size of the galaxy, is actually not - What is that? Is that a beer?
Gordon Malloy and Ed Mercer[6]

In stellar cartography, a quadrant was major region of space encompassing one-fourth of a galaxy. Quadrants were sub-divided into units called sectors.[7]

The quadrants of the Milky Way galaxy have not been explicitly delineated. It is believed that the quadrants were named Alpha, Beta, Delta, and Gamma, and subdivided into smaller units known as "marks," based on the reported coordinates of the USS Druyan as "3-1-9 alpha, mark 7."

Alpha Quadrant[edit | edit source]

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This subject matter was never named by a canonical source. However, for the purposes of identification and clarity, the term Alpha Quadrant has been provisionally adopted by the Wiki.
Geography[edit | edit source]

Similar to the rest of the galaxy, the Alpha Quadrant was filled with stars and their satellites. Three civilizations covered large swathes of space: the Planetary Union, the Krill, and the Chak'tal (the latter of which little is known).

The Union and the Krill's territories often abutted each other - but not always. For example, when Doctor Darden manipulated the Orville's navigational array, the ship immediately crossed from Union space into Krill space.[8] However, at other places in space, there were gaps in their border which neither the Union nor the Krill claimed. For example, somewhere between the Union and Krill territories was a dangerous pocket of unclaimed space with a two-dimensional spatial anomaly.[9]

About one day's travel from the Gatria system was a stable wormhole connecting the 29th century to the 25th, destroyed in 2419, which was five days away was Union Outpost 49.[10] Earth was 182 light years from Gatria,[11] between 58 and 422 light years from the wormhole, and between 778 and 1,622 light years from from Outpost 49.

8,750 light years from Earth was Outpost 23.[12] Between 8,750 and 9,000 light years from Earth was the Chog homeworld. Up to 250 light years from the Chog homeworld and 9,000 light years from Earth was the magnetar AXP 1E 1048-59.[13]

The Epsilon system (including Epsilon 2) was about 2.5 light years from Sensoria 2 and half of a light year from an unnamed planet where Ed and Teleya fled from the Chak'tal.[14]

Civilizations[edit | edit source]

Planetary Union territory spread throughout one quadrant with numerous member species including Humans, Xelayans, Moclans, Retepsians, and Gelatins and many colony planets. Another major power in the same quadrant was the Krill, an aggressive reptilian humanoid species who hailed from a nearby, but unspecified home world.

Other major civilizations of the quadrant included the Kaylon, Calivon, Navarians, Bruidians, Chak'tal, Janisi, and myriad unnamed species. The outskirts of the quadrant were inhabited by other species but uncharted by the Union, and were considered the "frontier" of space.

By the 29th century, a species known as the Benzians became known in that quadrant of the galaxy.[10]

Systems[edit | edit source]

The Septar binary star system

  • Alibar system - Contained Alibar, the "Construct," and what appear to be five or six other satellites.[15]
  • Delta Pavonis - Home to a museum which received the Saratoga Springs time capsule from the Orville. Doctor Sherman stated that the Delta Pavonis Museum had been "itching" for its arrival.[16]
  • Epsilon system - Consisted of at least two inhabited planets including Epsilon 2 and Epsilon 5.
  • Epsilon Eridani - Commander Ed Mercer was commuting to Epsilon Eridani for work every day in 2418.[17]
  • Gamma Velorum system - Contained seven planets, including Regor 2.[5]
  • Gatria system - Hosted deposits of dysonium. Pria Lavesque was stranded on a sun diver, a moribund comet about to collide with Gatria's sun.[10]
  • Izar system - Home to the Janisi.[5]
  • Kaylon system - Contained the planet Kaylon 1.[4]
  • Lakkar B - Distant to Union space, this system contained the Envall homeworld.[18]
  • Matar system - Hosted mineral deposits mined by the Vega Mining Consortium.[10]
  • Nekkar system - The Orville took the engineer Toren to a research vessel in the Nekkar system.[19]
  • Septar binary system - A pair of stars consisting of the primary, a type B7 white dwarf star, and the secondary, a type M2 red dwarf. The radial velocity of the white dwarf was 89.6 kilometers per second.[20]
    • In December 2420, Isaac performed a spectrographic analysis of this system with full data cataloging variations in radial velocity.[20]
  • Solar system - Consisted of a star known as Sol or the Sun and eight planets, including Earth. Site of the Battle of Earth in February 2421.
  • An unnamed K-type star system hosted three planets in orbit. The innermost planet was habitable and colonized by Moclan females, establishing "The Sanctuary."[19]
  • Vendek system - Contained the planet Vendek 2.[17]

There are several unidentified star systems as well:

  • An unidentified star system lied within a class-six absorption nebula, consisting of a K-type star with three planets in orbit, including "The Sanctuary."[19]
  • An unidentified star system within Planetary Union space, its fourth planet was habitable.[14]
Planets[edit | edit source]

In addition to the list below, there was an unidentified planet as well:

  • Pria Lavesque said there was a planet on the frontier where business negotiations began by showing their genitals.[10]
Cosmic and stellar bodies[edit | edit source]

The magnetar.

  • J-2837 (star) - On the edge of the frontier of charted space. When discovered in late October 2419, the Bio-ship was on course to collide with the star in six months time.[31]
    • Ed says there are no space stations nearby.[31]
  • Giliac - A star in this constellation collapsed into a black hole in 702 BCE.[5]
  • Class-2 Spatial Fold - An aperture spanning 1,000 light years across.[10]
  • Two-dimensional space - Host of two-dimensional beings. Located in space at 3-4-8, mark 9-14.[9]
  • Temporal wormhole between the 25th and 29th centuries (destroyed November 2419)[10]
  • AXP 1E 1048-59 (magnetar) - A neutron star with a very powerful magnetic field. Isaac spent a few days investigating this star in June 2420. According to Gordon, the magnetar was too boring to have been given a name.[13] This magnetar is roughly 9,000 light years from Earth.
  • Black hole located somewhat near a Resistance base which was in the process of assuming the debris of a recently destroyed planet.[22]
Space stations[edit | edit source]

Additionally, there were unidentified stations:

Alternate timeline[edit | edit source]

In an alternate timeline in which the Kaylon won the Battle of Earth, they proceeded to wipe out half the known galaxy in less than nine months in 2421 as part of their campaign to exterminate all biological lifeforms.

Other galaxies[edit | edit source]

Based on the navigational bridge screen of the USS Orville, several galaxies are known to be used as reference points to coordinate the ship's relative position, they are CGCG-161, IC 6041-B, KUG 1285, NGC 4854, and NSC 4926A.[34]

Other realities[edit | edit source]

  • A two-dimensional space was discovered by the USS Orville in late 2419.[9]
  • Soon after, the Orville discovered a planet which uniquely existed in a multiphasic orbit. While relatively spending the majority of its existence in another universe, this planet periodically appears in our universe for a few days before returning to the other, where 700 years pass before it returns to our universe, only 11 days later from the Orville's perspective.[35]

Production[edit | edit source]

Originally, creator Seth MacFarlane envisioned the Planetary Union to encompass more of the Milky Way galaxy, which is reflected in an early draft of Old Wounds where Ed states that the Union Fleet is spread over two quadrants. This was scaled back to one quadrant in the final version.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Regorians viewed the Universe as ordered and determined, which is why they strictly followed an astrological system to find meaning. "So you all just think the universe is chaos?" the First Prefect said to Ed. "No order? No significance to anything? I wouldn't want to be part of a community that believes that."[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Episode 2x05: All the World is Birthday Cake
  2. Ed Mercer calls it both in All the World is Birthday Cake.
  3. Episode 2x08: Identity, Pt. 1
  4. 4.0 4.1 Episode 2x08: Identity, Pt. 1
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Episode 2x05: All the World is Birthday Cake
  6. Episode 1x01: Old Wounds
  7. Ed: "There shouldn't be any Krill in this sector." Episode 2x04: Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes
  8. 8.0 8.1 Episode 1.5x03: The Word of Avis, Pt. 1
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Episode 1x11: New Dimensions
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 10.9 Episode 1x05: Pria
  11. Gatria (Gamma Trianguli Australis) Star Facts. Universe Guide. Last accessed Oct.28, 2019.
  12. 12.0 12.1 This is because the magnetar AXP 1E 1048-59 is 9,000 light years from Earth, from which Outpost 23 is a day's journey. The top travel speed of the Orville is over 10 light years per hour (Episode 1x05: Pria), making the outpost approximately 8,750 light years from Earth.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Episode 1.5x01: New Beginnings, Pt. 1
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Episode 2x04: Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes
  15. Episode 2.5x01: Launch Day, Pt. 1
  16. Episode 2x11: Lasting Impressions
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Episode 2x13: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Episode 2x10: Blood of Patriots
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Episode 2x12: Sanctuary
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Episode 2x06: A Happy Refrain
  21. 21.0 21.1 Episode 1x02: Command Performance
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Episode 2x14: The Road Not Taken
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Episode 1x06: Krill
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 Episode 1x01: Old Wounds
  25. 25.0 25.1 Episode 1x03: About a Girl
  26. Episode 1x09: Cupid's Dagger
  27. Episode 2.5x04: Heroes, Pt. 2
  28. Episode 2x02: Primal Urges
  29. Episode 1x07: Majority Rule
  30. Episode 1x10: Firestorm
  31. 31.0 31.1 Episode 1x04: If the Stars Should Appear
  32. Episode 1.5x02: New Beginnings, Pt. 2
  33. Episode 2x01: Ja'loja
  34. @TomCostantino. "MORE - I was bored waiting on the bridge so I took this random picture @TheOrville S3. @joncassar 🎥@planetary_union @hulu 🚀👽🎬@SethMacFarlane #TheOrville👾". Twitter. Oct. 17, 2019.
  35. Episode 1x12: Mad Idolatry
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