||Nick was born in 2253 to a pair of loving parents in Athens, Greece on Earth. His childhood was spent hopping from starbase to starbase as his family moved with his father as he progressed with his career. With a father that was dedicated to work, he and his brothers, Vasilis three years older, Spiros seven years younger, were raised primarily by his mother. As a result, all three brothers have a close bond with their mother. However, their relationship with their father did not suffer. In fact, it was that relationship that was the driving force that led two of them to enter Starfleet.
From an early age, Nick exhibited signs of a scientist. He was highly inquisitive and observational. He would often wonder what would happen if he did something, from there he would wait for the consequences, thereby discovering the cause and effect method of experimentation. However, he was not a wunderkind.
Despite his clear intelligence, he was not succeeding academically. He was detached and bored with his regular classes. This was due to a combination of not being challenged, and due to constant moving, Nick exhibits a predisposition to shyness that endures to this day. It was in high school where Nick finally started to excel. He fell in love with astrophysics during this time, because it was the most challenging field he had studied to date, and he rather enjoyed the lab experiments he and his classmates conducted. During this love of ancient things developed due to a series of interesting and engaging history teachers, most notably Mr. Zientarski and Doctor T’Mel, a Vulcan historian who passed along her insight and interpretation of ancient Federation cultures.
It was also during this time when Nick made the decision to apply for Starfleet Academy. His father was his scientific enabler, who always challenged Nick to better understand the nature of life and the universe. While there would have been excellent opportunities available if he stayed a civilian, only Starfleet would be a way to help him better understand the vast mysteries and wonder of the universe.
Although he was ready for the physical and academic riggers of the Academy, he was not prepared for the social ones. Papandreou found it hard to socialize and make friends, causing him to miss out on the full Academy Experience. In turn, he let this drive him and motivate him as he strived for excellent results, which he routinely had. However, he was eager to get to space.
His first assignment was the science vessel, USS Gagarin in 2275. He was assigned to the astrophysics department, on a two year mission to catalog previously uncharted star systems in the Beta Quadrant. It was during this mission that he observed two planetary bodies in the middle of shifting positions. This resulted in the inspiration for his eventual doctoral research in Type II Planetary Migration. He served on the Gagarin until 2279, where he eventually became Chief Science Officer. Nick was put on detached duty to the Vulcan Science Academy, where he worked on his Ph.D. in Astrophysics, and continued his research on Planetary Migration. After two years of work, he completed his Ph.D. in 2281, and was offered to return to the Academy as a professor of Astrophysics. He served there for two semesters, before he was itching to get back to space.
Papandreou was assigned to the USS Nephthys, a Miranda Class cruiser, as Chief Science Officer in 2282. It was there that he served under Captain Venture, who would leave a lasting impact on the trajectory of Papandreou. He recognized that Papandreou is capable of more, and showed a great deal of trust in him by letting him command the night watch three nights a week. This first taste of command has led Nick to consider a possible move to command in the future. However, his primary focus was on their two year planetary survey to the Alpha Quadrant frontier. He was personally responsible for the survey of three hundred and two planetary systems, and the discovery of seventeen new planetary systems. Despite feeling comfortable on the Nephthys, Captain Venture was promoted to the admiralty, and the Nephthys was decommissioned. This opened the door for Nick to undergo command training.
After a stint at Headquarters, where he studied command courses, Nick was slated to serve aboard the USS Grissom, in their investigation of the Genesis Incident due to his expertise in planetary science. He was slated to serve as Captain Esteban's Second Officer and Chief Science Officer. However, his transport underwent engine trouble, and he was unable to make the rendezvous in time. Eventually, this saved his life because the Grissom was subsequently destroyed by a renegade Klingon Bird of Prey.
Until a position could open up, he served as a researcher on Jupiter Station.
Later that year, he took a posting as Second Officer and Chief Science Officer aboard the science vessel, USS Copernicus. Aboard the Copernicus, he faced a series of challenges. Notably, gaining the respect of the officers and crew under him, many of whom were ten or more years his senior. It was here that he sculpted his no-nonsense command style and promptly executed it. Thus, earning the respect of those more veteran subordinates.
After a year, Captain Darling recognized Nick’s ability and when his own first officer left to pursue a command of her own, he offered the position to Nick. Papandreou thrived as a first officer under Darling, and was clearly on a path towards the center seat due to the knowledge and wisdom the experienced Darling had to offer.
After two years as Darling's First Officer, Captain Darling recommended that Papandreou be considered for a Command. Nick was reluctant at first, feeling that he was not yet ready for the burden of Command. However, after a discussion with Darling, he understood that if Starfleet pulls out the center seat for you, you sit in it. The next ship to open up, was the Columbia. And despite his comparatively low rank, Papandreou was next on the promotion list, and ultimately selected due to his knowledge and expertise fitting the profile of the exploration and scientifically driven Excelsior-Class.
||2271-2275: Cadet, Starfleet Academy
2275-2277: Ensign, Astrophysicist, USS Gagarin
2277-2278: Lieutenant, J.G., Chief Astrophysicist, USS Gagarin
2278-2279: Lieutenant, Chief Science Officer, USS Gagarin
2279-2281: Detached Duty/Doctoral Student, Vulcan Science Academy
2281-2282: Lieutenant, Professor of Astrophysics, Starfleet Academy
2282-2284: Lieutenant, Chief Science Officer, USS Nephthys
2284: Lt. Commander, Command Courses, Starfleet Headquarters
2285: Lt. Commander, Researcher, Jupiter Station
2285-2286: Lt. Commander, Second Officer/Chief Science Officer, USS Copernicus
2286-2288: Lt. Commander, First Officer/Chief Science Officer, USS Copernicus
2288-Present: Commander, Commanding Officer, USS Columbia