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]

Cassius classroom Ja'loja

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

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

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


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 contains billions of planets, including Earth and indeed all the worlds of the Planetary Union. As of 2420, the Union has barely charted a fraction of the planets within its own galaxy.[4]

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

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.


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[5]
In stellar cartography, a quadrant is major region of space encompassing one-fourth of a galaxy. Quadrants are sub-divided into units called sectors.[6]

The quadrants of the Milky Way galaxy have not been explicitly delineated. It is believed that the quadrants are 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."

In the original script of Old Wounds, Ed states that the Union Fleet is spread over two quadrants.

Alpha QuadrantEdit


Similar to the rest of the galaxy, the Alpha Quadrant is filled with stars and their satellites. Somewhere between Krill and Planetary Union space lies a dangerous two-dimensional spatial anomaly.[7]

About one day's travel from the Gatria system (at 10 lightyears per hour) was a stable wormhole connecting the 29th century to the 25th (destroyed in 2419); five days away is Union Outpost 49.[8] As Gatria is 182 light years from Earth,[9] the wormhole has a range of between 422 and 58 light years distance from Earth.


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

Other major civilizations of the quadrant include the Kaylon, Calivon, Retepsians, Navarians, Bruidians, Chak'tal, Janisi, and myriad unnamed species. The outskirts of the quadrant are inhabited by other species but uncharted by the Union, and are considered the "frontier" of space. By the 29th century, a species known as the Benzians becomes known in that quadrant of the galaxy.[8]


There are several unidentified star systems as well:

  • An unidentified star system lies 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 is habitable.[20]

In addition to the list below, the time-travelling thief Pria Lavesque says there is a planet on the frontier where business negotiations begin by showing their genitals.[8]

Cosmic and stellar bodiesEdit

The magnetar.

  • J-2837 (star) - On the edge of the frontier of charted space. When discovered in late October 2419, the Dorahl Bioship was on course to collide with the star in six months time.[37]
    • Ed says there are no space stations nearby.[37]
  • Giliac - A star in this constellation collapsed into a black hole in 702 BCE.[38]
  • Class-2 Spatial Fold - An aperture spanning 1,000 lightyears across.[8]
  • Two-dimensional space - Host of two-dimensional beings. Located in space at 3-4-8, mark 9-14.[7]
  • Temporal wormhole between the 25th and 29th centuries (destroyed November 2419)[8]
  • AXP 1E 1048-59 (magnetar) - A neutron star with a very powerful magnetic field. Isaac spends a few days investigating this star in June 2420. According to Gordon, the magnetar is too boring to have been given a name.[39]
    • This magnetar is roughly 9,000 light years from Earth.
Space stationsEdit

Additionally, there are unidentified stations:

Other realitiesEdit

  • A two-dimensional space was discovered by the USS Orville in late 2419.[46]
  • 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.[47]

References Edit

  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. Episode 2x08: Identity, Pt. 1
  5. Old Wounds
  6. Ed: "There shouldn't be any Krill in this sector." Episode 2x04: Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Episode 1x11: New Dimensions
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 Episode 1x05: Pria
  9. Gatria (Gamma Trianguli Australis) Star Facts. Universe Guide. Last accessed Oct.28, 2019.
  10. Episode 2x11: Lasting Impressions
  11. Episode 2x13: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
  12. Episode 2x05: All the World is Birthday Cake
  13. Episode 2x05: All the World is Birthday Cake
  14. Episode 2x08: Identity, Pt. 1
  15. 15.0 15.1 Episode 2x10: Blood of Patriots
  16. Episode 2x12: Sanctuary
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Episode 2x06: A Happy Refrain
  18. Episode 2x13: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
  19. Episode 2x12: Sanctuary
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Episode 2x04: Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes
  21. 21.0 21.1 Episode 1x02: Command Performance
  22. 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 2x10: Blood of Patriots
  27. Episode 1x09: Cupid's Dagger
  28. Episode 1.5x03: The Word of Avis, Pt. 1
  29. Episode 2x02: Primal Urges
  30. Episode 2x05: All the World is Birthday Cake
  31. Episode 2x12: Sanctuary
  32. Episode 2x13: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
  33. Episode 1x07: Majority Rule
  34. Episode 2x13: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
  35. Episode 2x12: Sanctuary
  36. Episode 1x10: Firestorm
  37. 37.0 37.1 Episode 1x04: If the Stars Should Appear
  38. Episode 2x05: All the World is Birthday Cake
  39. New Beginnings, Pt. 1
  40. New Beginnings, Pt. 1
  41. 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.
  42. Episode 1.5x02: New Beginnings, Pt. 2
  43. Episode 2x01: Ja'loja
  44. Episode 2x10: Blood of Patriots
  45. Episode 2x14: The Road Not Taken
  46. Episode 1x11: New Dimensions
  47. Episode 1x12: Mad Idolatry
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