The Rigelian Assembly, initially known as the Rigelian Trade Commission, was formed in the 16th century. Its formation included the Rigelians, the Chelon, and the Jelna, native species to the Rigel system, though the decision was made to exclude the primitive and volatile Kalar. Due to their close-working nature, outsiders traveling within the Rigel system would simply know those within the Rigelian Trade Commission as “Rigelian”. This is still a practise that is continued by most travelers today.
The four planets worked together in harmony, creating a governing body that would watch over the member colonies as they dealt with trade with outside species. The Orions, whom had ancient trades agreement with the vulcanoid Rigelians, would also join the Rigelian Trade Commission. However, as they rely very little on the other three species, joining the trade commission seems more like a formality as natives to Rigel VIII rather than a true desire to join an alliance of species. The trade commission would split into two before the 2000s - the Rigelian Trade Commission focusing only on trade negotiations with others outside of the Rigel system, overseeing such agreements so that they benefit the Rigelians, and the Rigelian Assembly would be created as the official governing body of the Rigel system, in control of most of the planets within Rigel (excluding Rigel VII and Rigel VIII).
In the mid-2000s, Jelna Rigelian citizens would branch out from the Rigel system, following their Orion partners. Due to their exploratory nature, meeting with other species and organizations through these travels, these Rigelians would become the face of both the Assembly and the trade commission. As such, Rigel VI ambassadors would handle outgoing diplomatic and trade relations.
On January 19, 2155, a pair of Rigelian ambassadors were present on Earth to participate in talks regarding the formation of the Coalition of Planets with Humans, Tellarites, Andorians, Coridanites and Vulcans. During the negotiations, six of the Earth universal translators experienced a "glitch" and started confusing the Rigelian language with Andorian. The terrorist threats from Terra Prime, an anti-alien Human group, scared the Rigelians into withdrawing from the talks.
Rigel V became a member of the Federation in 2184, after the Rigel Accords were signed and made into law. Eventually, the Rigelian Assembly would be admitted in full as a member state, with Rigel V becoming the capital planet of the Assembly.
Rigelian serpent-charmers were part of the circus of Vladimir Kossenko, which toured the Federation in 2118 SFC (c. 2192) as part of the Galactic Cultural Exchange project.
Circa 2264, the Tellarite criminal Muso ordered his people to collect a 10,000-credit bounty on a certain Rigelian, dead or alive.
In the mid-23rd century, doctors on Rigel V developed an experimental drug, a stimulant that increased production and replacement of blood in Rigelian test subjects, though it strained the spleen and liver. Doctor Leonard McCoy successfully utilized this drug on a Vulcan, Spock, in 2268.
In 2359, a Rigelian ambassador was scheduled to visit the Federation embassy on Betazed with only forty-eight hours’ notice. The head of the embassy indicated that it was typical Rigelian paranoid behavior to make such late arrangements, and feared that the ambassador wouldn't show up anyway
In the 2360s, Rigelians led by Administrator Pahtel were involved in a joint venture with a group of Kalar to establish a new Federation colony on the planet Votar VII. The Kalar were contracted to provide construction and repair services for suitable compensation, though in 2368, the Rigelians attempted to renegotiate their contract with the Kalar laborers and tried to force a lower rate of compensation upon them. The Kalar refused the terms of the new contract and in response launched an attack on a dam and a power planet, "repossessing" the facility, and cutting the power it provided, plunging the colony into darkness.
The Rigelians believed that the Kalar would destroy the dam if their demands weren't met, and prepared to abandon the colony. As Votar was a strategically important location to the Federation, Starfleet sent a ship to mediate the dispute. The Rigelians had convinced the Kalar that the Federation would side with them and force the Kaylar out, and lied about Kalar threats to destroy the dam. Once these facts came to light, Worf threatened to abandon the Rigelians to it and to cut future Federation contracts with the Rigelian group. This brought both sides to the negotiation table to find an amicable resolution to their dispute.
In 2369, a Rigelian freighter docked at Deep Space 9 before traveling through the Bajoran wormhole to the Gamma Quadrant. Flying a runabout, the security chief of DS9 shadowed the freighter to avoid Ah-kel, a Miradorn, while transporting Croden, a Rakhari fugitive, to the Gamma Quadrant.
In 2370, there were Rigelians present for the trade negotiations at Deep Space 9. The Rigelian ambassador was injured when a bomb exploded on the station.
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