I've been thinking about the Star Trek universe for some time, and I've come to a conclusion: the "main" universe isn't actually our own! No matter how people try to fit the Eugenics Wars into our history, it always ends up seeming out of place. The Earth that joined the Federation is in fact in an alternate universe that diverged from ours a few decades ago. This would explain away some of the other outdated "predictions". So, is our Earth left out entirely then? Not necessarily. There is another universe that is also introduced in the original series. Later dubbed the "mirror universe," this place has a humanity which has NOT overcome its problems or learned to live peacefully with its neighbors. Since we know nothing about this univere's Earth, there is no reason not to believe that this is not our "real" future. Could it be? Could our world become the homeworld of the Terran Empire, with the Federation existing in the other universe? Am I making any sense?