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The location of Outpost 3, 2266

The location of Outpost 3, 2366

Outpost 3 was an outpost constructed on an asteroid by Starfleet in 2160. This outpost was one of seven Earth Outpost Stations located on the Federation side of the Romulan Neutral Zone in Sector Z-6 of the Beta Quadrant.

In 2266, the Federation lost contact with the base. It was determined by the USS Enterprise that the station was destroyed by an unknown vessel that was later discovered to be a Romulan Bird-of-Prey.

During the Neutral Zone Incursion, the location of Outpost 3 was labeled on a map of Sector Z-6 that was displayed on the bridge viewscreen of the USS Enterprise. (TOS: "Balance of Terror", production art)

Between 2266 and 2366, this outpost had been rebuilt. The location of the new Outpost 3 was labeled on a tactical intelligence analysis star chart. This base received a warning from Starfleet Command about an alleged Romulan base on Nelvana III. (TNG: "The Defector", okudagram)

This outpost was only mentioned in writing.
This outpost's quadrant of origin is inferred based on the location of Sigma Nelvana's system, in the vicinity of sister outposts 4 to 6, as seen in the star charts appearing in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Defector" and in the Star Trek: Picard episode "Maps and Legends".
In the Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 66), the location of 23 Earth outposts were depicted on a map of the Beta Quadrant. Outposts 1 to 8 were mentioned in dialogue or were seen on the Z-6 Sector map in "Balance of Terror" and Outpost 23 was mentioned in dialogue in "Future Imperfect". Outpost 3 was constructed in an area of space that been contested over during the Romulan War Theater of Operations (2156-2160).

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