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Entered Starfleet Academy.
Graduated from Starfleet Academy.
The Federation agrees a treaty with the Cardassians setting a new border between the two. Several colonies must be relocated as part of the treaty.
Chakotay resigns from Starfleet and joins the Maquis.
Father, Kolopak, dies.
Lost in Delta Quadrant after being abducted from the Badlands by the entity known as "the Caretaker". Subsequently appointed First Officer of the USS Voyager when his own ship is destroyed.
Neural energy is temporarily 'drained' while on an away mission.
Becomes involved in the initiation of a young Kazon male.
Makes contact with 
Temporarily stranded on Earth 2 along with Captain Janeway after contracting a disease. Later cured with Vidiian medical technology.
Travels back in time to 1996 and helps to avert a temporal explosion which would have destroyed the Earth.
Encounters a group of ex-Borg; experiences a limited version of the Borg collective.
Temporarily commands Voyager after Captain Janeway is injured in an 8472 attack.
Is brainwashed by the Vori into becoming a soldier in their war against the Kradin.
Helps Voyager escape from captivity by the Dream Species.
Falls in love with a Ramuran woman, Kellin; she leaves him after being recaptured by her people.
Helps to communicate with a species occupying chaotic space.

Notes : Chakotays early life was not an altogether happy one; his father was a traditionalist who tried to educate his children in the ways and beliefs of their ancestors. Chakotay rejected those teachings, and this was a source of some friction between the two. Later he was to come to appreciate what his father had been trying to teach him, and Chakotay has tried to combine the best elements of the twenty fourth century with the traditions of his tribe.

At age eighteen Chakotay joined Starfleet Academy, and graduated successfully in 2354. His Starfleet career was a distinguished one, but when the Federation signed a treaty ceding considerable territory to the Cardassians, Chakotay resigned his commission and joined the Maquis to defend his home colony from Cardassian occupation.

In 2371, Chakotay was commanding a Maquis vessel near the Badlands when his ship was attacked by a Cardassian warship. He managed to loose the Cardassians in the plasma storms, but his ship was dragged into the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker as part of that entities experimental breeding project. Chakotay formed an alliance with Captain Janeway of the USS Voyager in order to try and find a way home. When his ship was destroyed by the Kazon, Chakotay was appointed First Officer of Voyager by Captain Janeway. He has served in this post ever since.

Chakotay has acted as something of a counterbalance to Janeways runaway ego on Voyager, and is often the ships main voice of reason. This has led to direct opposition on at least two occasions; the first came when Janeway allied with the Borg against Species 8472. When Janeway was injured she ordered Chakotay to make the alliance work in order to allow Voyager to cross Borg space. Nevertheless, once she was unconscious he dissolved the alliance and struck out on his own. On the second occasion Janeway attempted to force information from a member of the USS Equinox's crew by allowing hostile aliens to attack him. Chakotay disobeyed direct orders in order to protect the man, and later admitted that he had considered attempting to remove her from command.

Last updated : 24th April 2000.
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