Let's take a look at the location for most of the game-play in Star Trek Borderlands.
Federation colonization of the Delta Quadrant has left Starfleet overtaxed and overextended. The newly-formed Delta Freedom Alliance vies with the Federation for the hearts and minds of the Delta Quadrant denizens, and numerous criminal and terrorist factions have set up shop in this wild and lawless region of space.
There are also colonies of the Romulan Star Empire in the DQ.
The three factions mentioned make up the major powers dealt with in Star Trek: Borderlands play.
You will notice
from the map (left), that the Federation has most
of the colonized space. Starbase Horizon, Outpost Hope One, and
Starbase Phoenix are easily located with the blue section representing
As you can see, we are right at the outer edge of the territories dealt with in the series Star Trek: Voyager. This is previously unknown space made accessible by the Genosh Wormhole.
Our crews face the unknown on a regular basis, but they must also deal with the same old Alpha Quadrant politics as they eke out their existence and explore this vast new frontier.
This why we call it Borderlands.
The map (below) shows the Alpha Quadrant. Though it is much less frequently used, it is still important in understanding the world in which our characters have been raised. Click this small map for a greatly enlarged version, when needed.