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(Star Trek: First Contact, 1996)
Assimilation was the process by which the Borg added new members and new technology to the Collective.
Borg assimilation was predatory; every species the Borg encountered was assessed to determine whether its biological and/or technological distinctiveness was considered “worthy of being added to the Collective’s perfection”. If found to be so, the species was set upon and forcibly assimilated; the Collective considered the species’ will in the matter “irrelevant”. (TNG: “Q Who”, “The Best of Both Worlds”; VOY: “Mortal Coil”, et al.) When a species was assimilated, their neural pathways were restructured to link them to a single collective mind, the hive, and to augment their bodies with cybernetic technology. The end result was them becoming drones. (VOY: “Drone”)
By the 2370s, the Borg had assimilated thousands of species. As of the 24th century, the only species known to have been considered unworthy of assimilation were the Kazon, as the Borg believed that assimilating them would detract from their goal of becoming perfect. (VOY: “Drone”, “Mortal Coil”)
Assimilation tubules, also known as injection tubules, were a pair of flexible needle-like devices that extended from the wrists (female drones and the Borg Queen) or fingers (male drones) of Borg drones. They were the first step in the assimilation process.
Once they penetrated the skin, they released a series of Borg nanoprobes, the bloodstream being the initial target. They took over the blood cell functions in a manner similar to a virus. Assimilation was almost instantaneous. (VOY: “Scorpion”)
During initial stages of assimilation, Borg nanoprobes began attaching themselves to the victim’s red blood cells, allowing them to circulate throughout the body. (VOY: “Scorpion”) Within minutes, the nanoprobes spread visibly through the capillaries of the victim’s skin. The victim, at this point, still retained his or her individuality and had virtually none of the Borg’s standard array of defenses. Left unchecked, the nanoprobes soon begin self-replicating and producing larger constructs that form the necessary Borg implants. The body was also injected with stabilizing metals such as lithium so the body can handle nanoprobes. Seven of Nine could remember the smell and taste of the metals. (PIC: “Mercy”) Among the first major structures assembled was the neural transceiver, allowing the Collective to tap into the victim’s mind and usurp control of his or her body. A vocal subprocessor was also installed. By this time, the new drone’s skin coloration had changed to a pale gray and mottled as some small implants began to emerge inside and outside the body. In some cases, the skin and face became at least slightly deformed due to the implants growing in and on the body. (Star Trek: First Contact; ENT: “Regeneration”; VOY: “Unimatrix Zero, Part II”) The drone was then taken to a Borg facility to have larger implants surgically installed, including tools, weapons and exoplating. (VOY: “Unimatrix Zero”)