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Four Letter Code MINA
Federation Status Neutral
Planet of Origin Minarian
Encountered TOS: The Empath
T/E Rating T0/E0
Current Tech Level D+
List of Named Minarans

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They are mute, as a result no quote is available.
The Minaran are a species of humanoids who appear to be humans but with extremely sensitive empathic abilities. Since every member of their species is mute their emphatic abilities allow them to communicate basic ideas, thoughts and feelings.

Old Home System

  • Quadrant: Alpha
  • Location: Miletos Sector (coordinates A27-0002-1300)
  • Proper Name: Minara system
  • Star: Star went supernova in 2268 (Presumed A class star)

New Home System

  • Quadrant: Beta
  • Location: Unknown
  • Proper Name: Unknown
  • Star: Unknown
  • Distance from Star: Unknown
  • Companions: Unknown
  • Moons: Unknown

Original Home World

  • Proper Name: Minara
  • Their home planet was completely destroyed when their sun went supernova in 2268.

New Home World

  • Proper Name: Unknown
  • Diameter: Unknown
  • Gravity: Unknown
  • Axial Tilt: Unknown
  • Orbital Period: Unknown
  • Rotational Period: Unknown
  • Classification: M
  • Surface Water: Unknown
  • Atmosphere: Unknown
  • Climate: Unknown at this time
  • Terrain: Unknown at this time
  • Population: Estimated to be approximately 500 million


The Minaran evolved on the 2nd planet in the Minarian star system. They enjoyed a peaceful existence without wars, or internal conflicts of any kind. Food was plentiful and their population grew at a fairly slow but steady rate.

Even though they still had not developed any significant technology or even come close to even attempting powered flight they had been contacted by other species. In fact by 2152 various raw materials including food was being transported from their world to a number of other systems.

In 2268 the Federation starship USS Enterprise entered the system to evacuate a scientific outpost studying the Minara’s sun which seemed on the verge of exploding into a supernova. An Enterprise landing party discovered the outpost abandoned.

Unknown to anyone the reclusive and secretive Vians who also lived in this system had determined that the sun would soon be destroyed.

Taking advantage of the confusion, the Vians captured Captain Kirk, Mister Spock, and Doctor McCoy and subjected them to tests as part of a bizarre plan to provoke an instinct for self-sacrifice in Gem, a member of the Minaran species.

In testing the Minaran and the Anjurwan, the Vians had decided to only save them from the supernova blast if the species demonstrated its worth. Indeed, there were others in the system that they would not be able to save based on their decision.

The Vians were eventually persuaded to release the Enterprise captives after being convinced that the Starfleet crew did not deserve to be sacrificed because they, too, possesses a strong benevolent sense of self-sacrifice.

The Minaran were saved and transported to a far corner of the galaxy. As of this report the location of this new world is unknown. The Vians also saved the Anjurwan when the Minara's sun went supernova and destroyed all of the planets in the system. The Vians transported them to the Delta Quadrant.


Based on the records obtained from the various species that visited their world they did not have any formal type of unified government. Each community governed itself and the area around it and while most communities had a council of some kind they came in a number of different styles and formats.


They appear to be normal humanoids with many of the differences in height, weight and appearance that can be found among humans who they resemble. Unlike humans however they are all Caucasians.


As with most intelligent humanoid species they have a very complex system with specialized organs, and unique hormones, chemicals and enzymes. They are typical humanoids with most of the physical, mental and biological medical problems that seem to plague most humanoids.

They were mute; however, the lack of vocal cords was not a disability, but was physiologically normal for their race. They were not only able to sense the emotions of others, as Betazoids could, but appeared to have an innate desire to help others. It is still a mystery of exactly how do the empathic Minarans communicated with each other but with members of other species they were able to use there emphatic abilities to allow them to communicate basic ideas, thoughts and feelings.

ESP Ability

Not only did they possess a highly developed form of empathic ability but they also possessed the ability to absorb pain from another person and to heal injuries. When they absorbed the injury from another individual an identical wound would then appeared on the Minaran, and they were able to dissipate the absorbed injuries throughout their own body.


On average they were seen to be peaceful, relaxed, happy, hardworking people. No records have been found from any source that does not support these conclusions.

Some Minarans were capable of adapting after contact with other species; if exposed to passion and bravery, they would become passionate and brave. If exposed to cowardice and treachery then they would mirror those character traits as well. It is unknown if this was a universal aspect of their unique psychology or merely restricted to a portion of the population.


Every village or community had what most observers feel was a shrine or a temple of some kind. It was usually situated in the very heart of the community and had numerous windows to allow sunlight to fill the structure at all hours of the day. It would be surrounded by gardens, sculpted with plants, ponds and small waterfalls to be a tranquil and relaxing place for individuals to go and sit or wander around.


Due to the fact that all of the Minarans are mute it seems that at no time did any of the visitors to their world enquire into this aspect of their culture. As a result there are no records available at this time.


Their cities were spacious, clean, simple with ample infrastructure, amenities and recreational facilities for all. They did not need any police as crime was unheard of and people helped each other whenever they needed it.


Even though they could hear it was the visual arts that were the most common. What music they had was rhythmic, with a steady, pounding beat. Murals, paintings, statues and elaborately carved fountains could be found everywhere.


Due to the fact that all of the Minarans are mute it seems that at no time did any of the visitors to their world enquire into this aspect of their culture. As a result there are no records available at this time.


Prior to the destruction of their homeworld by a supernova in 2268 they were a simple agrarian people who had learned to master a number of different methods by which they could produce electricity for their own use. Every community had their own production facility and depended on their own limited industrial capabilities to provide them with what they needed.


The Minaran were not a unified people. Trade was conducted by other species with each individual community. This would usually involve trading simple goods and alien food, fruit and clothe in exchange for mining rights and the excess foods produced by that community.

They had a vast network of roads connecting all of their communities and trade was conducted between all of them.

Since the destruction of their original home world no data is available in regards to their current economic situation.

Minaran spinach

Minaran spinach is a type of orange vegetable from the Minarian star system. It was exported to many worlds. Since the destruction of their solar system due to the supernova of 2268 it is still available. As part of the off world trade a large number of plants can now be found growing on a number of different worlds.


They have no military and as best can be determined from the few available records never have had one.

Federation Intelligence Files

In 2152, the crew of the visiting Enterprise NX-01 picked up some Minaran spinach on Risa. Chef later tried to convince the crew he'd find a way to make Minaran spinach edible.

The empathic Minaran were just one of the intelligent humanoid species native to the Minarian star system, prior to Minara's supernova in 2268. The Anjurwan and the Vians were also native to that system.

The Vians, are a telepathic, technologically advanced race with enlarged cranial cavities and purplish skin that were capable of injuring their subjects by magnifying the power of their own thoughts.

The Vians used the crew of the USS Enterprise as subjects to test the worthiness of an empathic Minaran, dubbed by McCoy as "Gem", for survival in a threatened star system.


Both Memory Alpha and Memory Beta were used as references as well as the following TV episodes, ENT: Singularity, TOS: The Empath and TOS: Turnabout Intruder.

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