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Four Letter Code ONAS
Federation Status Allied
Planet of Origin Onash
Encountered CON: "The Tangled Web"
T/E Rating T0/E0
Current Tech Level G
List of Named Onashs

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"Adversity breeds strange results."
a Onash proverb.
The Onash are a species of intelligent humanoids that were the victims of Romulan military expansion and rule. Once this ended they were able to unite as one people and reverse engineer the abandoned technology left behind by the Romulans.

Home System

  • Quadrant: Beta
  • Location: Soumet Sector (coordinates B26-0001-1302)
  • Proper Name: Omanteal Theta system
  • Star: It orbits a class K (Orange) star
  • Distance from Star: its orbit is approximately 37 million km
  • Companions: It is the 4th of 9 planets in the system
  • Moons: it has 2 moons

Home World

  • Proper Name: Onash or Omanteal Theta IV
  • Diameter: 20,506 km (12,742 miles)
  • Gravity: 0.96 standard gravity with a density of 3.3
  • Axial Tilt: 30.2%, with severe seasonal changes
  • Orbital Period: 393 days
  • Rotational Period: 24.8 hours
  • Classification: M
  • Surface Water: 60%
  • Atmosphere: 0.93% is a standard pressure with 74% nitrogen, 24% oxygen, 2% trace chemicals
  • Climate: Mainly a temperate planet with numerous and frequent massive savage storms.
  • Terrain: The center of all 3 continents has small mountain ranges that become rough hills and then rolling grasslands and forests.
  • Population: Just over 1.5 billion


They had a fairly ordinary history with the early development of 3 main groups that over time became countries. Some wars were fought between them but for the most part these were mostly border disputes over fishing grounds and various islands.

All this came to an end when the Romulans invaded and took over control of their world. What little remained of their military forces after the invasion were disbanded and all contact between the 3 nations were severed. They suffered under their iron rule for over 75 years and then suddenly it was over, the Romulans left.

It took them a while to re-establish their own governments and to repair the entire infrastructure destroyed by the Romulans before they left. Unknown to them the reason the Romulans left was as a result of the treaty talks with the Federation that established the creation of a neutral zone, one where their home world was now safe with in this zone.

As a result of their exposure to the Romulans they had seen and witnessed the power of various different advanced technologies and while they had no idea how any of it worked they knew they needed to learn in order to remain free.

Part of this was the establishment of contact between all 3 nations and the slow development of a unified planetary government. This took them almost 20 years. During this time all 3 nations formed massive R & D facilities, gathered up any and all left over alien tech and sought to not only understand it but learn how to duplicate it.

Almost 10 years after the establishment of a unified government they began experimenting with solid-fuel and nuclear powered space exploration. Initial successes allowed them to continue to develop newer and more efficient technologies. It was also during this time that re-negotiations between the Federation and the Romulan Star Empire resulted in the shifting of part of the neutral zone. Their world was now no longer inside the zone but within Federation controlled space.

By 2378, a couple of centuries after the first successful space flight they had managed to build three semi-permanent space stations which are currently in orbit around the planet. It was also in this year that long range observation revealed that they were about to start testing on their warp designed engine.

The Federation dispatched the USS Constitution-B to observe these test and to establish first contact if they were successful. It was while the USS Constitution-B was en route to their world to observe these tests that threats of sabotage against the Onashians warp project were discovered. Further investigation unmasked the presence of Romulan agents who had been manipulating their research and their society.

As a result of the intervention by the crew of the USS Constitution-B the presence of the Romulans was discovered and the threat to their test flight was prevented. It proved to be the first successful warp-capable flight conducted by them.

It was also considered to be a successful first contact, one that continued to grow and soon saw the establishment of permanent diplomatic relations between them.

Following the destruction of the Hobus star and the ensuing chaos and civil unrest that plagued the former Romulan Star Empire they requested to join the Federation and they began the negotiations required to determine if they would be allowed to do so.


Onash has had a single unified planetary government for a little less than a century, making the planetary government relatively unstable. Only the executive power is in the hands of the planet-wide government, headed by Governor Tarken.

Legislative and other powers still are in the hands of the continental governments, although there is a planetary senate with veto power over the Governor, as well as power to depose the ruling planetary Governor.


The Onasihians are hairless, with a faint ridgeline that starts at the top of their mouth, then splits into two and climbs up the center of their face to end where the eyebrows are on most humanoids would be. Running from side to side on the top of their head is a kind of ridged crest. Their hands are less sensitive than those of most other humanoids and their skin is much more leather like and tougher being mostly gray in color.

On average the females stand between 4'10" and 5'4" and the males stand between is 4'10" and 5'8". Both males and females will wear pants fitted into tough boots. In most cases the pants have numerous small pockets for carrying stuff. Other than this they normally only wear a set of belts or shoulder straps to carry other items. In bad weather they wear a hooded poncho like garment designed to be rain proof and fur lined for cold weather.


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.


Prior to their invasion by the Romulans they would and were more mentally prepared to deal with a first contact situation. After the Romulans left the majority of people experienced increased paranoia about alien species and this continued until 2378 when they met the crew of the USS Constitution-B. Since then they become more at ease around most alien species.

As for their mental health they experience many of the same kinds of problems as other intelligent humanoid species but lack the skills and training needed to effectively treat most of those conditions.

ESP Ability

Onashians all have a minor telekinetic ability, although it takes great energy to use. In most cases they cannot move or affect anything heavier than a pound. Also it is easier to conduct fine and delicate movements with smaller and lighter objects than it is with heavy ones. For the majority of their people using this ability for 10 to 15 minutes is as taxing and demanding on their system as running a 4 minute mile would be.


The Onashians actually have 3 different schools of religious belief depending on which of the 3 main island continents they come from. The first is a belief in a being of light, one that sometimes appears as a person and was the source of the original spark that created their system and world. Next is a pantheon of between 30 and 40 gods and goddesses which represent 4 families that have intermarried and last of all are those that believe that they came through a massive gateway from another world, that they were banished, sent here as a punishment and that they need to atone for their sins if they ever hope to be allowed to return to that utopian world of their origin.


As one would expect when dealing with a species with 3 completely different forms of religious belief they have a wide, complex and often contradictory set of legends, tales and fables that detail many events and teach lessons but all from different points of view.


Over 75% of all of their communities are built below ground so as to be safe from the numerous savage storms that rage across their world. Surprisingly enough this has not prevented them from making these cities and towns into large, spacious, well lit communities with all of the expected amenities, infrastructure and recreational facilities one could want or need.


They enjoy most forms of artistic expression and use music and dance in almost all of their celebrations. While their use to be in many cases distinct and easily recognizable ways to tell which of the 3 island continents they originated on this is no longer true as styles, forms and all types could and have been created in places where they would never have been found before.


While some customs now seem to be slowly becoming wide spread and part of their entire culture and society many remain distinctly unique to the island continent that they originated on.


In 2378, they had been experimenting with solid-fuel and nuclear powered space exploration for a couple of centuries now, with three semi-permanent space stations currently in orbit around the planet. Pre First Contact, they were considered to be an F on the Planetary Scale of Development, also called the Richter scale.

Since then they have continued to make great strides and based on their current capabilities they would be considered to be a G on the Planetary Scale of Development.


Since the development of their first successful warp drive in 2378 they have slowly explored the universe around them on the Federation side of the neutral zone. As a result of this they have managed to meet many new species and have established a number of successful trade deals. While still in its infancy their efforts have so far seen a slow and steady increase in trade.


Each of the 3 main continents had their own forces for a time but they were disbanded by the Romulans during their occupation. With the sudden and unexpected removal of all Romulans from their world they were able to slowly rebuild and solidify a small but well trained force supported initially by all 3 governments and in the end by the unified planetary government.

Currently this force has a noticeable presence on all 3 orbiting space stations as well as almost 20 ships ranging in size from the flag ship which is a small dreadnought down to a frigate class warship.

Federation Intelligence Files

Onash or Omanteal Theta IV is about 40% land, 60% water, with most of the land mass grouped into three continents -- two in the southern hemisphere and one in the northern. With a 30% axis, seasons tend to be more severe than Earth norm.

Omanteal Theta system was located within the old Romulan Neutral Zone. This changed due to renegotiations between the Federation and the Romulan Star Empire.


This is an original Starbase 118 species created by the crew of the USS Constitution. More details about the mission and its outcome can be found at The Tangled Web