Unrelated to other Stardate systems, Reference Stardates were based on the Earth calendar and could be calculated retroactively. Using the Earth year 2000 as a baseline, Reference Stardates marked centuries ahead of a forward slash, followed by two digits for the year, two for the month, a decimal, and the date (e.g. Reference Stardate 1/5104.16 for 16 April 2151, or -1/6609.08 for 8 September 1966).
Notes and References
- Wheeler, Wm. John with McLimore, Guy W. Jr., Poehlein, Greg K., and Tepool, David F. "Cadet's Orientation Sourcebook." Star Trek: The Role Playing Game, Book 2004A. FASA Corporation, 1983.
- The Reference Stardate system introduced in FASA's Star Trek: The Roleplaying Game was an early effort to reconcile stardates with Earth calendar dates. The dates given were all based upon the Star Trek: Spaceflight Chronology.