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Four Letter Code BOSL
Federation Status Neutral
Planet of Origin Unknown
Encountered Deep Space Nine (DS9: Sons of Mogh)
T/E Rating T0/E0
Current Tech Level P
List of Named Boslics

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Home System

  • Quadrant: Beta
  • Location: Cthosis Sector (coordinates B25-0003-1301)
  • Proper Name: Boskia
  • Star: It orbits a class K (Orange) star
  • Distance from Star: its orbit is approximately 49 million km
  • Companions: 8 other planets. It is the 3rd planet in the system

Home World

  • Note: While specific scientific proof seems to indicate that Boslic is their original home world the 2 other worlds of Cort and Bosala II are also considered as acceptable home worlds depending on the family in question.
  • Proper Name: Boslic
  • Diameter: 12,629 km (7,847 miles)
  • Gravity: 1.04 standard gravity with a density of 5.8
  • Axial Tilt: 2.3%, no appreciable tilt and no seasons
  • Orbital Period: 413 days
  • Rotational Period: 33 hours
  • Classification: M
    • Surface Water: 68%
    • Atmosphere: 1.07 is a standard pressure with 75% nitrogen, 24% oxygen, 1% trace chemicals
    • Climate: Warm semi-tropical with tropical at the equator.
    • Population: Just over 1.3 billion on Boslic, 3 billion on Cort, 5 billion on Bosala II and another estimated 16 billion scattered over the galaxy.


The Boslic have an unusual history. They are a basically peaceful people with no real history of internal conflict. Those few recorded references to internal conflict have always been more along the lines of feuds between families and while some of these did become very violent and destructive the conflict was restricted to only those families involved. This is believed to be a result of the unusual development of their civilization on their home world of Boslic. Since their home world is a huge massive ocean with literally thousands and thousands of small islands, it created a people who never adopted a national identity. The family unit was and has always been the only real form of both political and social organization.

They started as mainly a sea faring race and over time as the populations increased and land became congested and more highly developed many members of their species ended up living their entire lives aboard ship. This mentality easily translated to space travel and once they had developed space craft it was not long before whole family groups had made the leap into space. They developed space travel and eventually warp power fairly early compared to other species. This was mainly due to the complete absence of large armed conflicts. This allowed them to trade and co-operate in such a way as to develop at an even pace. The huge push towards space was as a result of overpopulation. From the initial concept of entering space to the actual result was less than 50 years. By the end of another 50 years almost 1\4 of their population was living in space. Those living in space were mostly involved with mining and the development of better space technology. The result was whole families now living their entire lives in space. Before the end of another 100 years they had developed warp power and the technology needed to make their ships both safer and more efficient. These included solutions to many problems including the medical disadvantages of living ones entire life in space.

This short lived burst of technological advancements came to an end once they embarked on a massive exploration of space. As a result of this they eventually discovered 2 unoccupied planets that were similar in many ways to their home world, just with fewer islands and more land space. They established colonies on both worlds and the 1st planet was called Bosala II and the 2nd one was named Cort after the family that discovered it, the Cortavas. These 2 colonies are now both more than a 1,000 years old. Even with the discovery and establishment of these 2 colonies a large majority of their population still lives in space. In fact it is well known that many of these families have never stopped moving farther and farther out into the galaxy, so much so that some of them were even encountered by the USS Voyager in the Delta Quadrant. See Starfleet Intelligence file VOY-2376-2854.

One of the earliest encounters with the Boslic was in 2154 when the crew of the USS Enterprise met several Boslic slave traders attending the Orion slave auctions on Verex III. See Starfleet Intelligence file ENT-2154-3872 Numerous Boslic freighters frequently visited Deep Space 9 during the 2370's. See Starfleet Intelligence file DS9-2373-0857 In fact in 2372 a Boslic freighter was involved in a contraband smuggling operation uncovered by Klingon-turned-Bajoran officer Kurn.

At one point their colony on Cort was conquered and occupied by the Romulan Star Empire. The occupation lasted for ten years until the Boslics were able to overthrow the Romulans and drive them off the planet. This fact is some what debatable as the Romulans claim they just finally got fed up with dealing with them and removed their forces. After all when each and every family controlled their own destiny and were not bound by the actions or agreements of any other family it was impossible to establish any effective form of control.


The Boslic have remained unaligned, despite a long history of trade relations with the Federation, and have yet to achieve a unified planetary government. This is largely do to the fact, as a space faring people, most of them are born aboard their freighters, and they are governed by the requirements of the family unit.


Boslics have at least two distinct morphologies to their appearance. One type of Boslic had a smooth forehead with a centered ridge reminiscent of a Y, and brow that brimmed slightly over the eyes, and meeting from both sides, together at the top of the nose. The second morphology type is characterized by ridged foreheads, wrinkled noses, and creased cheek bones. They may be variations as are known from other species with ridged foreheads.

Other than this they have the same degree of complexity and variety as any other humanoid species. It is common however to find certain features more often than others.

Females seem to commonly have hair in purple hues, ranging from light lavender to deep violet, and bright eyes. But other combinations in various colors are not unknown. Males do commonly have brown or black hair, but are also known to have varied hues.

For the most part they have adapted so well to living in space that it has no long term affects on them.


Unlike many other species they do not suffer from any adverse psychological effects from living their whole lives in space. For the most part they are extremely well adjusted mentally.


The Boslic do not have any established form of religion. No evidence has been found even in their oldest surviving records to indicate that they may have had some form in the past. While unusual certain experts believe that this is merely a natural aspect of their development.


While they do not have any true mythology they do have numerous tales and legends about how their people developed and what it was like to be a sea faring people trading between one island to the next.


Having no particular allegiance to a home world, most Boslics make their homes on their freighters. The crews are usually made up of two to three different families, who socialize aboard ship, often choosing mates between family units. Some crews are made up of single family units, and mates are found at meets where they sell their cargo.

In general, Boslics are very secretive to keep others from exploiting their trade routes and contacts. They are known to amassed fortunes, but only use it to purchase what they need, but will splurge on new and larger freighters to maintain their trade. Generally ethical people, they will transport anything for the right price. Some have ties to gunrunners, pirates, and slave traders, although they keep it low key.


Boslic free-traders are sanctioned by the Boslic culture, which is much like that of the Ferengi, but more ethical, elegant and charismatic. While they are still consumed by a desire to amass great profits it does not control their lives.


Bowing of the head is a sign of respect in the Boslic culture.

Marriage Trade

They have many different mating rituals but the most common one is the marriage trade. This involves 2 or more ships arranging to meet at a neutral location in order to arrange some marriages. Each ship will then list all their single crew who are available. Over the next couple days these individuals are inspected, questioned and allowed free access to the other ships and their crews. At the end of the 3 days the heads of each family will discuss any unions they wish to arrange. Normally this results in an equal number of individuals being swapped between ships.


Boslics are warp capable, but more often than not, they rely on purchased vessels (freighters and shuttles), so they can devote their energies to trading. Weaponry and other technology are also purchased and traded. This change from discovering their own new technology to trading for it is an aspect of their nomadic lifestyles. The same goes for their need to purchase ships instead of building their own.


The Boslic economy is dependent on what they can managed to buy and sell. Although they generally adhere to trading legal merchandise, some of the families have been know to trade with pirates, acted as gunrunners, and indulged in other questionable activities. In 2154, several Boslic slave traders attended the Orion slave auctions on Verex III. Several Boslics appeared in the audience of a holographic Tsunkatse match, in the Delta Quadrant. Many buy and sell their wares on virtually every station and planet within known space. During the 2370s, Boslic freighters frequently visited Deep Space 9. In 2372, a Boslic freighter was involved in a contraband smuggling operation uncovered by Klingon-turned-Bajoran officer Kurn.


They do not have any formal organized military, each family trains and arms their own security forces. Even those families still living on one of the 3 planets claimed by them do not have any formal military. Only those forces raised by each family are available to defend that family and their holdings.

Federation Intelligence Files

For more data see Federation Intelligence files # ENT-2154-3872, DS9-2372-9840, DS9-2373-0857 and VOY-2376-2854.


Canon references used in this work came from Memory Alpha, episodes ENT: "Borderland", DS9: "Babel", DS9: "Sons of Mogh" and VOY: "Tsunkatse". The recent TLE Novel: Serpents Among the Ruins, and Memory Beta was also used.


This file was updated and approved by the SDC on 21 April, 2012

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