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Bajor is an M-Class world orbiting a star that is not dissimilar to Sol. It is the 7th planet out of 14 in its system. Its surface is 68% ocean and 32% land. Its gravity is similar to earth. Bajor has 5 moons. The Bajoran day is 26 Earth-hours long.
Bajor's location is of great strategic important in the Alpha Quadrant as it lies very close to a stable wormhole. Traffic through the Bajoran wormhole is co-ordinated by the joint Federation/Bajoran administrated space station, Deep Space Nine. In 2388, Bajor became a member of the Federation.
Bajoran history can be loosely split up into ages. It is worth noting that the Bajoran civilisation is among one of the oldest in the galaxy, dating back some 500,000 years. The table below contains significant dates present in Earth-Gregorian format.
The Bajoran Government
Initially established as a provisional entity to govern world and interstellar politics, the Bajoran Government is led by the First Minister. All day-to-day policies regarding Bajor, including the judiciary system and diplomatic assignments are co-ordinated through this organisation. The Bajoran Government is also in direct command of the Bajoran Militia. Ministers are elected through democratic means. The seat of the Government is in the Chamber of Ministers in the Bajoran capital.
The Vedek Assembly
The Vedek Assembly holds considerable sway over the planet’s legal and cultural administration. The Kai and the First Minister often consult each other, and while their jurisdiction does not often coincide it is important for both leaders to be of an agreed political standpoint as often as possible. In 2371 Kai Winn became the first leader of the Vedek Assembly to ever serve as First Minister. After the Cardassian Occupation, the Vedek Assembly was the only official organisation with any political standing left on the planet until the inauguration of the Provisional Government in 2369.
In 2370 a xenophobic terrorist movement known as the Circle seized control of the Bajoran Provisional government under the leadership of Minister Jaro Essa. Despite the coup eventually being reversed, it had lasting repercussions on Bajor due to the election of Kai Winn, whose involvement with Minister Jaro aided her campaign a great deal. The Circle’s motto was “Bajor for the Bajorans”, reflecting the introverted nature of the Bajoran people, but amplifying it into something twisted and violent. The official political party whose motives were embraced by the Circle was known as the Alliance for Global Unity.
Some Bajorans have been known to show sympathy to the ideals of the Maquis due to their crusade against the Cardassians. Ro Laren was such an individual, and defected to their cause from Starfleet in 2370. On occasion, Major Kira Nerys expressed an affinity with their point of view, but never on an official basis and without actions to back up such an opinion. The Maquis were all but wiped out shortly after Cardassia joined the Dominion in 2373.
The Bajoran judiciary system is not dissimilar to that of the Federation. Representatives are called to present their case to an arbitrator, who considers their evidence and witness depositions before making a ruling according to Bajoran law.
Bajor enjoys healthy trade of arable crops and mineral resources with the Federation and other, smaller local powers.
Federation Intelligence File
Bajor enjoyed a healthy and friendly relationship with the United Federation of Planets. After having withdrawn from an approved membership arrangement in 2373 on the advice of Captain Benjamin Sisko, the Bajorans were finally welcomed into the Federation as members in 2388.
Bajor’s relationship with Cardassia was repaired in 2371 following a treaty signed by Kai Winn after much of the diplomatic groundwork was laid out by Vedek Bareil. Bareil died during the negotiation proceedings despite efforts by Lieutenant Julian Bashir, Chief Medical Officer of Deep Space Nine.
Weddings and Receptions
Bajoran weddings are spiritual affairs, including readings from scriptures and roles for each member of the spouses' extended family. Wedding receptions tend to be long drawn out parties that can last for days, where neighborhoods are inclined to eat, sleep, dance, and come and go repeatedly until the party calms down on its own. If weddings are scheduled close to other its possible the reception for one will blend into the next.