Colony file: Argaya III
The Star System
Surface Temperature: ~7000 K
Planet count: 8
Argaya I: class D, hot, no atmosphere, significant deposits of uridium, duranium and nitrium extracted by automated mining bots.
Argaya II: class L, potentially habitable, plenty of plant life, no animal life, atmosphere contains high levels of hydrogen sulphide, poisonous to most humanoid life
Argaya III: class M, site of the Argaya colony
Argaya IV: class K, thin atmosphere dominated by carbon dioxide and methane, no significant mineral deposits, no life
Argaya V: class K, thicker atmosphere dominated by carbon dioxide, significant deposits of niobium, copper and gold discovered
ArgayaVI: class T, gas giant with no discernible surface, rich in deuterium and methane, large ring system and 42 moons rich in exploitable raw materials
ArgayaVII: class J, gas giant with a large core of liquid helium, 31 moons, few significant raw material deposits
Argaya VIII: class D, merely a chunk of rock and ice
Planet: Argaya III
Planet Class: M
Distance to Sun: 1.61 AU (~240.85 million kilometres)
Orbital Period: 525 d (~461.5 planetary rotations)
Orbital Speed: ~33.36 km/s (~120,100 km/h)
Rotation Period: ~27.3 h
Diameter: 14921.4 km
Average Surface Temperature: 286.35 K (~13.2°C)
Surface Gravity: 1.102 g
Axial Tilt: 21°13’
Atmospheric Composition: 71.6% nitrogen, 22.9% oxygen, 1.1% argon, 0.08% carbon dioxide, 4.32% other gases, including water vapour
Surface Area: 38 % land mass (9 continents and thousands of islands), 52% ocean, 10% polar ice caps
Natural Satellites: Vreka, Kiroma, Tarilla, class D; Tarilla is rich in dilithium ore deposits
Official Designation: Argaya Colony
Capital City: Dhramir
Government: Federal Republic
Governor: Dinas ni-Trate
Population: 1.472 billion
(38% Andorians, 21% Vulcans, 12% Terrans, 8% Tellarites, 7% Bolians, 5% Trill, 9% others, including Deltans, Orions, Bajorans, Betazoids, Risans, Caitians, Grazerites; in order of population numbers)
The following provides a general overview of the Argaya III Colony’s history. It is not comprehensive and designed only to reflect the most important events that led to the development of the colony into the form in which it exists by 2369
Argaya III was first settled by members of the Andorian Trate clan in 2124, forming a border colony of the Andorian Empire. As such, Argaya was home to a large garrison of Imperial Guard troops and a repair and resupply facility for civilian as well as military starships.
The first capital was Arambireva, or New Arambir, after the Trate clan’s capital on Andoria. It is located on the southernmost continent, deep within the planet’s antarctic zone and exposed to permanent winter, just the way the original Andorian colonists liked it.
When the Federation was formed, non-Andorian settlers arrived to claim lands in climate zones Andorians had so far not settled in.The first to arrive were Vulcans who, in the course of a century, transformed the planet’s deserts into prime farmland.
At first, few Vulcans would trust the sincerity of the Andorians to put past bad blood behind them, so only a few settled on Argaya in 2171. The community grew in size, and thanks to the established Andorian colonists offering critical support more Vulcans were eventually attracted.
When Tellarites settled on Veleran, an island dominated by a dormant volcano which was ideal for building a major spaceport, trade began to flourish. The Tellarites offered ship repair facilities as of 2189 and other communities began settling various areas of the planet’s surface until, by the early 2260s, all land areas had either been claimed or protected.
It was still the Andorians who were the majority on the planet, and it was in cooperation with the Vulcan population that a law was passed which limited the growth of agriculture and industry with the aim of preserving the planet’s natural beauty. Industrial facilities were henceforth to be built largely underground and concentrated in a few special economic zones, kept separate from residential areas and connected with them and one another by a sophisticated underground railroad system developed jointly by Terran and Tellarite engineers, augmented by overseas air transport as well as a planetwide transporter system for use in emergencies and to reach more remote areas.
Agricultural and settlement development was allowed only as long as it was not considered ecologically problematic. A network of wildlife corridors was kept in place and no vast stretch of countryside was given over entirely to economic exploitation. There was significant trouble trying to enforce these regulations as many argued that with all the foreign lifeforms introduced to the planet during the first 50 years of colonisation there was no truly natural ecosystem to protect. In the long run, the view that a humanoid-made landscape dominated by use for living space and food production could still provide space for an intact, if not natural, ecosystem, benefiting all residents.
This has caused a large number of small villages to remain small, with agriculture taking place in small fields tilled by the farmers themselves or by farming robots specifically designed to maintain a diverse range of crops in a varied landscape offering sustenance for the planet’s population as well as many different species of plant and animal life.
The result is a densely populated and highly industrialised planet which has maintained its early colonial atmosphere. Where the landscape was formed by the planet’s inhabitants, buildings have been integrated so they are not only pleasing to the eye, they are also energy efficient and tend to be on the roomy side, allowing the average citizen a measure of personal space that would be unimaginable on planets dominated by major cities, urban wastelands with buildings as tall as mountains and the average flat the size of a class IX shuttle, and a ruthlessly efficient agricultural system.
At the same time, Argaya III produces a surplus of food thanks to a larger percentage of the population engaged in small-scale farming (increasing the productivity of a plot of land significantly, as compared to conventional industrialised farming methods), while refineries just below the planet’s surface process the various ores found on other planets within the solar system.
To provide a source of income for Argaya the colonial government encouraged colonists to start up a civilian shipyard. This has become known as Argaya Orbital Productions, the largest corporation headquartered on the colony. It successfully builds the AOP line of freighters, civilian research vessels, passenger liners, yachts and shuttles of various sizes. These craft are now in use throughout the Federation and beyond. A major success is the‘Gamma Type’ variant of the Ju’Day class, a vessel designed as a cross between a police cruiser and a system defence craft popular with civilian governments enforcing safety of shipping lanes.
Argaya III once more gained strategic importance with the outbreak of hostilities between the Federation and the Cardassian Union. Its location and state of development made the colony an ideal hub to resupply Starfleet’s efforts at the front lines. In 2350, the Imperial Guard stationed five Sindar class and seven Siral Tir class destroyers at Argaya III to augment the twelve Finas class gunboats already present. Starfleet started building Starbase 279 in orbit in 2354, construction finished in 2360, only slightly behind schedule. Argaya III itself received a state-of-the-art planetary shield grid and no fewer than fifty planetary defence phaser banks, the same type X emitters that were later to form the primary armament of Starfleet’s Galaxy class starships.
A plan to add orbital defence platforms with photon torpedo batteries was cancelled in 2362 in favour of allocating these resources to Iadara VI, closer to the Cardassian border.
Today, Argaya III remains the home base of an Imperial Guard fleet comprised of seven Sindar class destroyers, three of the new Tinar class destroyers and twelve Siral Tir class corvettes, the old ships having recently been repurposed to a support role, guarding the two brand-new Trelak class assault carriers standing ready to send Andorian ground troops into the demilitarised zone in case the Cardassians should decide to renew hostilities.
Argaya III is home to the largest Bajoran population outside Bajor, consisting of refugees who started arriving in the late 2340s, as well as their children. They have been granted Federation citizenship and a Bajoran currently serves as minister of science and education in governor Dinas ni-Trate’s cabinet.
As of 2334 Argaya III’s new capital city is Dhramir, a floating structure two-thirds submerged in the planet’s ocean, to one third consisting of administrative buildings above the waterline. Dhramir has but few permanent residents, most people come to work by air transport and leave as soon as their job is done. As Dhramir is entirely representative and administrative in nature, only the engineers who maintain the place live there permanently, along with some medical and security staff necessary to provide emergency services. Dhramir steers a course along the coastlines of the planet’s nine continents and often offers a spectacular view both above and below the surface. The new capital is a relief especially to non-Andorian or Bolian administrative personnel, since they won’t have to deal with the bitter cold of Arambireva any more.
The city possesses an independent shield grid as well as air defence phasers (type VI and VII banks) and can be completely submerged in an emergency, constructed to withstand pressure up to two thousand metres below the surface. It is the brainchild of the Vulcan architect Strelok wand was built between 2324 (construction started during the colony’s 200 year anniversary celebrations) and 2333, a project which has drawn much interstellar attention towards Argaya III and which also serves as proof of the colony’s technological prowess to those interested in acquiring one of the AOP ships.