Tesnian

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Tesnian
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Four Letter Code TESN
Federation Status Members
Planet of Origin Tesnia
Encountered ENT: "Shuttlepod One"
Current Tech Level L
List of Named Tesnians

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"May Varja keep you and care for you till the end of time."
a Tesnian greeting.
The Tesnian are a species of peaceful thinkers, believers in the goddess Varja for who the family and the higher ideals so common throughout the Federation are as second nature to them.

Home System

  • Quadrant: Alpha
  • Location: Soth Tau Sector (coordinates A25-0001-1297)
  • Proper Name: Tesnia system
  • Star: It orbits a class M (Red) star
  • Distance from Star: its orbit is approximately 37 million km
  • Companions: It is the only planet in the system
  • Moons: it has 4 moons.

Home World

  • Proper Name: Tesnia
  • Diameter: 21,787 km (13,538 miles)
  • Gravity: 1.06 standard gravity with a density of 3.4
  • Axial Tilt: 9.3%, with minimal to moderate seasonal changes
  • Orbital Period: 403 days
  • Rotational Period: 25 hours
  • Classification: M
  • Surface Water: 49%
  • Atmosphere: 1.07% is a standard pressure with 51% nitrogen, 26% oxygen, boron gas 21% and 2% trace chemicals
  • Climate: Mainly a temperate planet with arctic, tropical zones and frequent, almost daily rain storms.
  • Terrain: Occasional mountains with rocky foothills but mostly rolling hills and plains with forests and rain forests.
  • Population: Just over 15 billion

History

The Tesnians developed slowly in the beginning as there was no great need for change. Life was easy, food plentiful and it was not until 2,000 years ago when their population had grown so large that it had expanded into the northern and southern cool zones that new knowledge was needed. As a result a sudden golden age was sparked with numerous discoveries and advancements.

This lasted for close to 500 years as their population doubled and then doubled again. Cities developed and industry was created. An industrial revolution took place as machines and equipment was invented to make their lives easier, to do the hard jobs and to enhance their quality of life.

Their population continued to grow, more effort was made to make the land and the oceans more productive while not damaging them in any way. Science took great leaps forward and by 1896 they had discovered space travel. They explored their system and created their first warp drive in 1962.

In 2151, the Enterprise NX-01 rendezvoused with a Tesnian vessel, which suffered critical systems malfunctions and crashed on an asteroid just before it docked. Subcommander T’Pol later discovered that the ship had been struck by a microsingularity. The Enterprise was able to rescue the crew and transport them back to their homeworld.

This early act of compassion was viewed with respect by the leaders of the Tesnian people and resulted in the slow development of trade and mutual understanding. While they were not among the founding species that created the Federation they were firm supporters of it and when they eventually requested admission were immediately voted in. Since then they have been firm supporters of the Federation and its policies.

Government

They have had a unified government for almost 1,000 years. Their government is both democratic and designed to perform in such a way as to increase productivity and efficiency. As a result, numerous other species have studied their government and its set up.

Description

They are completely hairless with pale white skin tones with light shadings of light blue or light purple. Their eyes are deep sunk with a nose ridge dividing them. Their ears are contained within circular rings of flesh flat against the side of their head which is oblong with three slightly raised ridges on the tops of their heads. Most of them wear a semi-transparent one piece garment to protect them against sudden rain showers.

Physiology

They can breathe a nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere, but required six hours of boron gas a day. Other than this they have a complex system not unlike any other intelligent humanoid species.

The other unusual aspect of their physiology is the fact that they cannot mate and create a child until they have undergone the physical changes associated with the age of maturity. At this time the hair at the temples becomes lighter and their body chemistry alters to allow them to procreate. For most Tesnians this occurs approximately around the age of 30.

Psychology

While they seem to suffer from fewer forms of mental illness and have an amazing ability to handle high amounts of stress with no adverse effects than other species. However on the flip side they do have a number of unusual mental conditions that affect the elderly that have so far been impossible to cure.

Religion

The Tesnian people believe in a benevolent and caring female deity they call Varja. Most homes have at least one statue dedicated to her and there are numerous shrines with statues to her scattered everywhere as well. She seems to be a love your family and live your life well kind of goddess. While the entire population are believers and visit a temple almost daily they are not intolerant of others and their beliefs.

Mythology

The only thing they have that comes close to a myth is stories of a strange beast that will someday come and threaten Varja. In the past she was able to appease its blood thirsty appetite and her quiet passive determination to survive is a quality of most of these stories.

Society

They have an extremely well developed society with everyone having access to free education and medical treatment. There is no poor element to their society as everyone is cared for and treated with respect. Some believe this is a natural side effect of their strong, yet passive religious beliefs.

Culture

They have a strong love of music and many other forms of artistic expression. As a result they have numerous museums, galleries and theaters. Their cities are well laid out with plenty of space, clean and organized. They also have numerous gardens, parks and play areas for kids and adults.

Customs

The most common and well known custom is that of the age of maturity. When a male or a female reaches this pivotal milestone in their development they can finally form a lasting bond and mate. Prior to this it is impossible for them to conceive a child. As a result it is celebrated by family and friends and not unusual sometimes with a mating ritual.

Technology

They are about average for a Federation member world. Although they do have a number of very large universities and research facilities that work in conjuncture with other Federation species to produce new and useful technologies.

Economy

They have a very strong and well developed trade system with numerous other species. As a result they have a strong, well developed internal economy which allows them to care for their entire population and provide them with a high quality of life.

Military

They never maintained more than a token military force in their history. Even after they developed warp drives they never felt the need and this was proven true as they were not near any strategic location in space and did not have any truly desirable resources that might attract unwanted attention. As a result they have never needed to use their small token force which now serves as a kind of police force protecting the various shipping lanes near them.

Federation Intelligence Files

In 2151, the Enterprise NX-01 rendezvoused with a Tesnian vessel, which suffered critical systems malfunctions and crashed on an asteroid just before it docked. Subcommander T’Pol later discovered that the ship had been struck by a microsingularity. The Enterprise was able to rescue the crew and transport them back to their homeworld.

While they were not among the founding species that created the Federation they were firm supporters of it and when they eventually requested admission were immediately voted in. Since then they have been firm supporters of the Federation and its policies.

Sources

Both Memory Alpha and Memory Beta were used as references as well as TV episode ENT: Shuttlepod One. Also used was the DTI novel: Watching the Clock.

SDC

This file was updated and approved by the SDC on 1 August, 2012

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