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|Four Letter Code||YELI|
|Planet of Origin||Yelik|
|Encountered||The Homecoming (DS9)|
|Current Tech Level||M|
|List of Named Yelikans|
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- "May peace bring you prosperity."
- a Yelikan greeting.
- "May peace bring you prosperity."
- The Yelikan are a species that overcame an incredibly violent past and have since embraced planet-wide peace. They enjoy both a central government and a strong yet ridged religious background. Fortunately, both allow peaceful contact with other species. However, several years prior to the Federation's arrival, the planet is undergoing a political upheaval due to the inequalities created in their class-based system. .
- Quadrant: Alpha
- Location: Alrakis Sector (coordinates A01-0004-1298)
- Proper Name: Aviyel system
- Star: It orbits a class M (Red) star
- Distance from Star: its orbit is approximately 45 million km
- Companions: 3 other planets. It is the 2nd planet in the system
- Moons: it has 6 moons.
- Proper Name: Yelik
- Diameter: 21,514 km (13,368 miles)
- Gravity: 0.98 standard gravity with a density of 3.2
- Axial Tilt: 13.7% minor seasonal changes.
- Orbital Period: 422 days
- Rotational Period: 23 hours
- Classification: M
- Surface Water: 57%
- Atmosphere: 1.07 is a standard pressure with 75% nitrogen, 24% oxygen, 1% trace chemicals
- Climate: Temperate with semi-tropical at the equator.
- Terrain: It has a number of very large extremely rough, hilly and mountainous regions covered with dense jungles.
- Population: Just over 3 billion
Their early history was one of constant wars. As a result it took a long time before any form of industrial revolution occurred on their world. In fact, they almost wiped themselves out a few times. The last time this happened was the last time they fought a war among themselves. Ever since then they have had a single world government.
While the formation of a central government did have the beneficial result of ending planet wide armed conflicts there have still been numerous internal conflicts inside the borders of some of the various 17 regions. Fortunately these occurrences were generally on a much smaller scale than any of the previous border disputes. However even that slowly died out and they have had no such problem in over 300 years, until recently.
The modern history of the Yelikan species has been plagued with internal class-based conflicts despite major peace between the regions, with that of the upper classes disregarding and often neglecting the majority of those that are stricken with poverty. Often these conflicts have been little more than skirmishes over prolonged periods of time, with groups such as The Blue Hand and The Undersiders leading these conflicts, delivering troublesome blows to key government facilities.
They have a single world government with a representative from each of the 17 regions. These representatives are always selected from the same ruling family in each region. These families are the decedents of the various warlords that controlled that region prior to the formation of a central world government.
Each representative is allowed to bring 2 bodyguards, 2 clerks, 2 servants and 2 administrative helpers. These individuals take care of all their needs. When the government is in session then only the clerks and administrative helpers may be in the council chamber.
This council has been set up on a large island that did not belong to any of the previous 17 regional governments. Only the councillors, their personnel staff and a small permanent staff of 50 soldiers, 50 clerks, 50 servants and 50 administrative helpers with their families are ever allowed on the island.
Only scheduled supply ships are allowed within visual range of the island.
They are humanoids with pale lavender skin tones. They are on average about 5' tall with a wild mane of dark purple hair. For the most part males and females are very similar in height, weight and hairstyle. They have various shades of bright neon eyes which range from bright shimmery pinks all the way to deep purples. These eyes are all multicoloured, with no recognizable pupil.
Their diet which is rich in certain chemicals is the cause of the lavender and deep dark purple colors in both their skin and hair tones. They must have these chemicals and when away from their home world will use substitute sources to remain healthy.
Other than this they have a normal complex physiology much like every other intelligent life form, however, they are also known to be abnormally flexible when compared to that of an average humanoid. Yelikans are easily able to match the physical flexibility of a human dancer and to a lesser degree, a contortionist with training involved. Their evolutionary process has enabled the species to retain an unusually large range of motion throughout their joints and muscles with a high amount of mobility utilizing the softer tissues surrounding their bones .
For the most part they seem to be fairly stable mentally however a larger than average number of individuals who have reached old age do suffer from numerous cognitive problems. It is unknown at this time why this is. Depending on region, city and class, Yelikans are known to be very hardy and optimistic people, with their lower-class citizens, in particular, having phenomenal coping skills as well as a high amount of resilience. This isn't quite reflected with those coming from higher standards of living, however, mental fortitude regardless of class and background is a common trait shared amongst the species.
They have a very strict religious foundation that is very rigid yet allows aliens to do as they please. Outsiders, aliens are not covered by their beliefs. This makes their beliefs unusual as they do not appear to interfere in any way with their social contact with alien species.
However they will not discuss these beliefs with outsiders. If asked they simple respond that they are the Chosen and aliens are not. But in recent years, this is not as widely practised beyond those born into noble families, which tends to be a vast majority of the population.
These are a vital part of their religion and as a result they will not discuss these with outsiders. In fact they even go to great lengths to ensure that no aliens come in contact with any data regarding their beliefs and mythology.
They have a class system with the ruling family at the top followed by a set of nobility, then an intellectual class, a merchant class followed by a worker class and an agricultural class. Whichever class you are born into is generally the class you will die in. There are a few exceptions but not many. But in recent years, this class-based system has been rethought with the arrival and partnership of the United Federation of Planets, as monetization has no place in a world where the currency is no longer a relevant resource. There have been many factions popping up and groups that have been labelled as extremists by the council in response to their sluggish changes to the planets internal workings.
They still have a martial aspect to their culture even though they have long since stopped fighting among themselves. However they also have a very spiritual aspect as well.
- They celebrate 5 sets of 4 religious holidays each year. If they are not on their own home world at this time they will either remain on their ship for the 4 days or arrange for private quarters where they will remain for 4 days. - When speaking to one of the higher class, Yelikans must out of respect refer to them by their title. - When celebrating a holiday, giving gifts of clothing or accessories is seen as a sign of friendship and can be used as a form of courting ritual.
They are noticeably behind the Federation in a number of areas. However, due to being rather open with their planetary borders and independent trade being commonplace among the locals, many people source technology from other species via trade.
Their weaponry is rather crude, with the Enforcers utilizing energy weapons that take the form of large baton-like devices. .
Alongside this, their architectural developments have been quite impressive for a species of this level of advancement, many of their cities stretch into the ground of the mountainous terrain, oftentimes with the higher classes living on the top and the lower classes living on the bottom.
They are self-sufficient but do trade luxury goods with a few other species.
They have a small military with a decent handful of ships at their disposal. These large unusual craft are not warp capable and are used strictly for planetary defence. They are more like mobile weapons platforms than real ships. They have way more weapons, power and defences than would normally be found on a ship of this size. The Yelikans have some warp-capable vessels, but they are not as heavily armed and are behind the Federation in terms of speed and durability
Still rather militarized, the Yelikan government utilizes a specialized branch of the military known as Enforcers, who despite serving as police, are trained to act as guardsmen and foot soldiers. Enforcers often serve in place of their military at times as they've had no need to mobilize a large fighting force. Their uniforms are made of a durable blue velvet-like material that is trimmed with metallic silver.
Federation Intelligence Files
First contact between this species and the Federation was in 2263 when one of their trading vessels visited Tivirin IV at the same time that the USS Broadsword was there.
Information for this article was obtained from Memory Alpha and Beta as well as the TV episode DS9: The Homecoming.
This file was updated and approved by the SDC on 26 Jan, 2012
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