Date: 06/15/2017 1:44 AM Title: Conscience and Concern- Chapter 1
The TOS-era stardates were random numbers. Fans tried to impose order on them, but the official TOS Writer's Guide makes it clear that the stardate varies not just with the date but also with the ship's position in space, and they did that on purpose so that no one could tell exactly when all of this was taking place, so they wouldn't need to keep any sort of continuity going.
Here's what the writer's guide says about stardates: "We invented 'stardate' to avoid continually mentioning Star Trek's century (actually, about two hundred years from now), and getting into arguments about whether this or that would have developed by then. Pick any combination of four numbers plus a percentage point, use it as your story's stardate. For example, 1313.5 is twelve o'clock noon on one day and 1314.5 would be noon of the next day. Each percentage point is roughly equivalent to one-tenth of one day. The progression of stardates in your script should remain constant, but don't worry about whether or not there is a progression from other scripts. Stardates are a mathematical formula which varies depending on location in the galaxy, velocity of travel, and other factors, can (sic) vary widely from episode to episode."
So the only part of the stardate that has any meaning is the part after the decimal point, which tells you what time of day it is. Wild, huh? :-)
Date: 06/15/2017 1:24 AM Title: Balance of Power (Prequel to Conscience and Concern)
I've tried to put Into Darkness out of my mind and think only of the first and third reboot movies (and TOS, of course), but you're so good that for YOU I'm reading an Into Darkness story. If you knew how much I hated that movie, you'd be very impressed with yourself. :-)