The Borg Collective is an expansionist intergalactic dominion, represented by a collective consciousness, or "hive mind". The individual members of the collective are cybernetically-enhanced members of many thousands of sapient species. Their ships are often based on geometric shapes, and possess powerful weapons, shields, endurance and regenerative abilities, including the ability to adapt to any weapons they are exposed to. At the heart of the collective is the Borg Queen, who seems to be able to direct the actions of individual Borg ships and drones. The United Federation of Planets was introduced to the Borg Collective by the entity known as Q.