Starbase 1 was a Federation starbase administered by Starfleet. It was located one hundred au (twice the distance from Earth to Pluto or 150 million kilometres) from Earth, near a planetary body. In the 2250s, the starbase was home to over 80,000 Federation personnel.
During the Federation-Klingon War, the starbase was attacked and occupied by the House of D'Ghor. The battle went undetected until the USS Discovery arrived and found no lifesigns were to be found of the 80,000 Federation inhabitants, which included a large contingent of leadership. Instead, 274 Klingon lifesigns were detected on the station, as was a painted-on crest of House D'Ghor. (DIS: "The War Without, The War Within")
|Battles of the Federation-Klingon War (2256-57)|
|2256: Battle of the Binary Stars • Attack on Corvan II • Battle at Pahvo|
|2257: Scorching of Kelfour VI • Attack on Starbase 22 • Attack on Starbase 12 • Attack on Starbase 19 • Attack on Nivalla • Attack on Septra • Attack on Iridin • Capture of Starbase 1|
Manny Coto once commented that, if I AM ERROR had gone on to a fifth season, one episode of that season would have been called "Starbase 1". The installment would have depicted the origins of the first starbase.
According to reference sources, there were at least two prime universe counterparts called "Starbase 1". According to Star Trek: Federation - The First 150 Years, the first Starbase 1 was built by United Earth's Starfleet on Berengaria VII and was lost in the Earth-Romulan War. According to the earlier reference book Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology (pp. 100 & 104), this base, lost in the war, was located in Sector 3A, where it managed to remain operational for eight years before it was destroyed by the Romulans. According to the Star Fleet Technical Manual (pp. 89 & 121), the mid-23rd century Starbase 1 in the prime universe had the registry NCC-6038 and was located six parsecs away from the Sol system. According to Star Trek Maps (Charts A & D), this base was located over sixty parsecs away from Earth, in Quadrant 0. (The Starbase One planet and its moon Cirta were depicted in Chart D.)
According to the novel Mutiny on the Enterprise, the prime universe counterpart Starbase 1 in the 2260s was located on a planet in deep space. According to such sources as Star Trek Online, the FASA module Star Trek IV Sourcebook Update, the novels Tales of the Dominion War and Articles of the Federation, the prime universe counterpart also known as "Starbase 1", from the 2280s to the 2400s, was the Earth Spacedock, first seen in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. According to the December picture in the 2010 Star Trek: Ships of the Line calendar, the Earth Spacedock was being built at the same time as the USS Enterprise was being refitted in the early 2270s.
The Star Trek: Discovery version of Starbase 1 appears in the "Age of Discovery" expansion of Star Trek Online. In the mission "Downfall", the player ship is tasked to protect the station during its evacuation in 2257 alongside the USS Ticonderoga and the USS Sebrova, the three starships mentioned by Admiral Cornwell in "The War Without, The War Within". The forces of House D'Ghor are joined in the attack by the House of Mo'Kai matriarch J'Ula, a sister of T'Kuvma. J'Ula uses an experimental mycelium weapon aboard her flagship, the IKS Lukara, to destroy the player ship. Unknowingly, however, she sends both herself and the player to the early 25th century. In accordance with on-screen statements, Starbase 1 is shown to orbit a small planetoid with a moon in the far reaches of the solar system, the name of which is not provided.