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Four Letter Code GALA
Federation Status Allied
Planet of Origin Galador II
Encountered DS9: The Maquis, Part 1
T/E Rating T0/E0
Current Tech Level N (spacefaring)
List of Named Galadorans

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Home System

  • Quadrant: Beta
  • Location: Enasni Sector (coordinates B22-0002-1294)
  • Proper Name: Strunoc System
  • Star: It orbits a class G (Yellow) star
  • Companions: 2nd planet of 6 in the system

Home World

  • Proper Name: Galador 2
  • Diameter: 13,271km (8,246 miles)
  • Gravity: 1.13 standard gravity with a density of 6
  • Orbital Period: 400 days
  • Rotational Period: 40 hours
  • Classification: M
    • Surface Water: 70%
    • Atmosphere: 1.07 is a standard pressure with 50% nitrogen, 25% oxygen, 24% carbon dioxide, 1% trace elements
    • Climate: Warm semi-tropical with tropical at the equator.
    • Population: Just over 300 million.


The Galadorans are a race of space-faring, sentient, diploblastic beings, similar in appearance to Terran ‘jelly-fish’ but that is where the similarities end.

It is unclear how far in the dim and distant past that the Galadorans started their technological developments, but it is over a millennium since they entered a post-industrial society. They are non-native to the present day Galador itself, originally hailing from a distant corner of the galaxy. However, their homeworld was destroyed by an expanding wormhole centuries in the past. Fortunately, the Galadorans were forewarned and therefore prepared long enough to build a fleet of massive ships to escape their dying world and set out across the galaxy in search of a new home. These ‘ark’ landed on the deserted but fertile planet in the Strunoc system that they renamed Galador 2 (the second Galador effectively). The warm moist climate suited their needs and they settled in the lowland swamps near the equator where they constructed their domed cities.


Galadoran society is comprised of two sister races - the Toaijans and the Gnaijans (known as Trojans and Ganizers to outsiders), but they are on good terms and co-exists peacefully. Each group live in their communal domed cities, and their society often appears to act like an extended clonal colony rather than a state of many individuals, although strictly speaking they are not a super-being, but follow more of a hive mentality.

The Galadorans are allies of the Federation, and trade freely with them, but do not partake in the activities of Star Fleet.


The jelly-like Galadorans prefer wallowing in shallow warm pools under their domes of tranquility than for venturing outside. Without use of their personal travel machines, they would be only able to ‘slide’ their way across open ground or shallow water. The Galadorans are also able to glow in dark light. This ability is due to luminescent pigments in their blood.

The two main groups of Galadorans are the Gnaijans and the Toaijans. The main physiological differences between the two are more superficial than deep-rooted. The Gnaijans are taller and more slender, and have many trailing tentacles, or filaments that extend from their body, emitting light and vibrations. They are generally considered to be the more developed and higher caste of Galadorans. Meanwhile, the Toaijans could be more generally, if not politely, referred to as more grub-like in appearance with talon-like limbs, and more obvious internal organs showing through their translucent bodies.


Galadorans have strong psychic energies within their own species, able to communicate freely with one another without the need to use their more conventional light and energy emitting forms of communication. This mental ability, however, does not extend to reading the minds of other races. The only telepathic ability they have in regard to other species is being able to project their voices into the minds of others via telepathy.


The Galadorans’ highest moral code is a desire for their entire race to eventually be reunited into one glorious sentient entity, and travel the galaxy learning about the mysteries of the universe.


The Galadorans have little time for myth and superstition but tales of their ancestors are very popular and retold often, but are always portrayed as historical fact rather than anything more fantastic.


Galadoran society is confined to its few domed sanctuaries, and is akin to a mass colonial group like an ‘Ants’ Nest’. As they reproduce asexually, family units are not even a notional concept, and offspring are literally offshoots of their parents, and have to a more or less degree the same psychological make-up. This allows for great cohesiveness within Galadoran society.


Galadoran arts and culture tend to center around the production of fascinating light shows, generated by the Galadorans’ bodies themselves. It seems these luminous light displays perform the functions of art, song and stories all in one.


Galadorans are very respectful of their own kind, their ancestors – of whom they are effectively clones, and are generally welcoming (if a little wary) of outsiders until their true intentions are revealed. So far their only outside ‘ally’ is the Federation.


Lacking any obvious limbs beyond stout pod like appendages, it is a marvel that they have been able to even wield basic tools, let alone build spaceships to fly amongst the stars, but in fact the early Galadorans were able to control small rod like devices that used a combination of chemicals and electro-magnetic fields to control larger pieces of equipment. It took them many centuries, but eventually these simple machines were used to builder more complex devices, and their technological development snowballed from there. Now with advanced robotics and nanotechnology, the physically frail Galadorans are masters of machinery. Consequently, the Galadorans have developed their own unique brand of technology, largely chemical and optical based. Light is passed through a number of fluid filled chambers, some constructed and some within their own bodies – and these have been used for a wide number of purposes such as communication, energy transfer and medical purposes.


They are traders in energy and nanotechnology. Their highly developed matter conversion systems are very similar to replicators, but on a much larger scale. These also tend to be more concerned with the conversion of raw materials such as rock and water into highly concentrated energy packets. The Galadorans are working on finding a more abundant alternative to dilithium crystals.

A new diversification is the encouraging of tourism to Galador for Federation citizens. Its warm climate, peaceful status and non-threatening inhabitants makes it a potential lucrative destination to rival Risa.


The Galadorans have no standing army, but have devised highly developed and automated defense grids and weaponry to keep them safe from surprise attacks. Their ships are also usually heavily armed, all be it civilian, cruisers. Otherwise, the Galadorans are peaceful, and have little interest in governing anyone beyond their own species.

Federation Intelligence Files

The Galadoran are a space-faring race which had no ship in Deep Space 9's local sector at the time of Dukat's kidnaping in 2370 - a clue to confirming that a ship claiming to be of such registry was really Maquis. This form of the word is used only for the natives; adjectival forms display the usage as seen in the example "Galador ship."


Both Memory Alpha and Memory Beta were used as sources as well as the TV episode DS9: The Maquis, Part 1.


This file was updated and approved by the SDC on 11 July, 2012

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