The Terran Empire stole spacecraft and warp drive technology from Vulcans, who did not survive to warn the High Command, during that universe's First Contact, which occurred in that universe's Carbon Creek, Pennsylvania incident (the previously-untold mirror-counterpart of "Carbon Creek"). In that universe, the downed Vulcan ship was discovered, and thus began the warp program of the Terran Empire of the Mirror Universe--which was kept a secret from most of the world's population until after World War III.
The mirror-"First Contact" scene in the opening sequence of "In a Mirror, Darkly" thus did not actually depict first contact, in that universe. Cochrane and Co. knew that they would not be slaughtered by the superior weaponry of the unsuspecting Vulcans when they stormed the T'Plana-Hath. In fact, it netted them a working model of a warp engine, from which the Terran Empire developed their first prototype. Resulting from developments in and from the mirror-counterpart "Carbon Creek" and T'Plana-Hath incidents, the Vulcans were surprised at the Terran Empire arrival at their planet, resulting in the subsequent subjugation of the Vulcans to the Terran Empire.
The Terran Empire of the Mirror Universe never developed space probes such as Voyager 6. This failure was similar to the Nazi failure to develop a nuclear weapon in the "normal" Star Trek universe, a result of its persecution of its intelligentsia, except that this happened on a global scale in the Mirror Universe [this also explains Star Trek's weird fascination with various permutations of the events comprised in the rise of Nazism and Nazi Germany, depicted in Star Trek: The Original Series ("Patterns of Force") and Star Trek: Enterprise ("Storm Front")]. The Terran Empire did eventually develop nuclear weapons technology in time for World War III, but it was the Nazi victors who succeeded, and it was the subsequent regime that set the space-exploration agenda of the Terran Empire on a comparatively quite different path.
Therefore, the V'Ger Incident never occurred in that universe's timeline. This also explains why the moonwalker planting the Terran Empire flag on the Moon in the opening montage of "In A Mirror, Darkly" did so in a twenty-first-century spacesuit, when they had finally gotten around to it, after spending decades developing warp-driven spacecraft, sometime in the first half of that universe's twenty-first century, rather than the familiar NASA-astronaut twentieth-century spacesuit seen and used in the "normal" Star Trek universe moonwalks of 1969-1972. ProfessorTrek 11:17, August 12, 2011 (UTC)
(I will now receive your awe-inspired kudos and accolades on having delivered the most insightful, consistent and erudite response ever conceived here.)
So can you give a citation for where you drew this from? assumeing a novel?
Believe it or not, I am a proponent of pure canon. I have never read a Next Generation novel. But somehow I think I'd be good a writing them, eh?
You probably would.
But officially, there's no record of events in the mirror universe prior to 2063. So they could have built a Voyager 6, or not.
If they did, and V'Ger did return, I imagine they would have started by sending numerous warships to investigate. Those ships would probably get wiped out, so the Imperials would send more. And more. And more. Eventually they might try the one-ship approach, but I imagine it would be more like a Trojan horse attack than an attempt to reach peace.
I just thought of something--what if V'Ger DID trash Earth in the mirror universe? Maybe that's why they were weakened enough to fall to the Alliance (that and Spock's reforms). - 188.8.131.52 16:18, January 30, 2012 (UTC)
@ProfessorTrek: The question wasn't "would the V'ger incident have occurred" but "if it had how would they have handled it", therefore your answer is incorrect. A correct answer would be something like this:
- Because the defining factor of the mirror universe is that everyone is generally more aggressive the terran empire never would have attempted to make contact, they would have tried an all-out assault. This, of course, would fail, and everyone on Earth would have died.
--StarkRG 19:12, January 30, 2012 (UTC)
- That would be an ingratiating, righteous, let's-blow-the-shit-out-of-it answer. Not that there's anything wrong with that; it's just not my style. Mine was interestingly creative, and which included both in-universe and real-world perspectives.
- --ProfessorTrek 21:22, January 30, 2012 (UTC)