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People say Ketar V was once the jewel of the region, but no one who actually would have seen the colony in its heyday is still alive. When the Mother Road was discovered at the turn of the century, Ketar V was effectively bypassed by merchants and traders as it was faster and safer to stay on the route onward to the next colony in the Colonial Coalition, Meridian. Since then, there have been countless turnaround plans and talk of renewal as its population continues to decline every year.
Still, Ketar V remains on the map as the second largest colony in the Coalition because of the shipyards that employ tens of thousands. They were constructed here long before the Mother Road and keep the local economy going. Nearly all of the civilian ships constructed in the Coalition come from Ketar V. The outreach of Ketar's construction reaches out far past the Shoals, however, as these civilian vessels are also used outside the Shoals, one having even been seen outside of Federation space and in active use.
After the destruction of Romulus and Remus by the Hobus supernova in 2387, Romulan and Reman refugees were settled into the Shoals, including on Ketar V. By 2396, a modest but growing community had been established, and that year Tessara was elected as the first Romulan representative to serve within the colony's government.
Major Civil Rights Reforms and a New Path to Renewal
In early 2397, Federation Secretary of the Exterior Lily Ventu visited Ketar to help mediate talks between the Romulan/Reman refugees, represented by Tessara, and the colony's original settler population. Tensions had risen to dangerous levels between the two groups (including a raid in a Romulan district by the Colonial Coalition Marshals Service that inflamed into a near riot), but ultimately, Secretary Ventu was able to build an accord between both sides. Major legislation was passed to address inequalities and discrimination the refugees faced, and for the first time in nearly a century, the best days of Ketar lay ahead in its future and not behind in its past.
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