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The New Atlantis Project

The New Atlantis Project, generally referred to as just the Atlantis Project, was a project initiated in 2367 as a way of creating a new subcontinent on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in the Atlantic Ocean on Earth. Information on this project was available through the New Atlantis Development Project Presentation Database.

It was supervised by 200 people, including Louis, a childhood friend of Jean-Luc Picard, but lacked a satisfactory director who would lead the project. One of the challenges was to accelerate the build-up on the underside of the mantle without increasing the stress on the tectonic plates. During his explorations on the USS Enterprise-D, Picard had kept up with the project through journals.

Picard met his friend shortly after his rescue from the Borg, and suggested to Louis to use harmonic resonators to relieve the tectonic pressures, as they had done with Drema IV.

Louis saw in Picard the person the government was looking for and offered the job of project director. Picard turned down the offer, preferring to return to the Enterprise. (TNG: "Family")

Background information

The Atlantic location of the new subcontinent is a commonly theorized location for Atlantis, perhaps explaining the name. [1]

For the emergency background chatter for the Starfleet Command scenes in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, there were lines written which mentioned Commander Christine Chapel sending a message to "Governor Okuda" of "New Atlantis". (Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 49))


According to the novel "Stone and Anvil", Atlantis existed as a vital project as early as the 2350s.

The Dominion and the Breen take an interest in the Atlantis Project in the short story "Solace in Bloom" from the anthology "Strange New Worlds 9".

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