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|Four Letter Code||ZAKD|
|Planet of Origin||Zakdor|
|Encountered||A Zakdorn strategist came on board the USS Enterprise, NCC 1701-D for battle training games (Peak Performance, TNG.)|
|Current Tech Level||N+|
|List of Named Zakdorns|
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- Quadrant: Beta
- Location: Abin Zak Sector (coordinates B24-0004-1296)
- Proper Name: Zakdor system
- Star: It orbits a class K (Orange) star
- Distance from Star: its orbit is approximately 203 million km
- Companions: 9 other planets. It is the 4th planet in the system
- Proper Name: Zakdon
- Diameter: 11,307 km (7,026 miles)
- Gravity: 0.93 standard gravity with a density of 5.8
- Axial Tilt: 28.4% with earthlike seasonal effects
- Orbital Period: 392 days
- Rotational Period: 36 hours
- Classification: M
- Surface Water: 63%
- Atmosphere: 0.98 is a standard pressure with 73% nitrogen, 23% oxygen, 4% trace gases/chemicals
- Climate: Mostly a temperate climate with polar caps
- Population: Just over 7 billion
Soon after first contact with the Federation starship USS Gandhi, the Zakdorn became members of the United Federation of Planets in 2344. Known for their pretentious and fussy demeanors, they are nevertheless valued allies, contributing their famed tactical expertise to the defence of the Federation. Historically, other races have been so fearful of the Zakdorn reputation for tactical supremacy that no-one has dared attack them; many Klingons therefore sneer at the reputation, dismissing it as "untested".
For nine millennia, they were regarded by potential foes as having the greatest innately strategic minds in the galaxy. Because of this perception, no one has tested the Zakdorn in combat in recent memory.
In 2365, the master strategist Sirna Kolrami visited the USS Enterprise-D to serve as observer and mediator during a war games exercise in the Braslota system.
They were one of the many species that attended the biennial Trade Agreements Conference held on Betazed in 2366. They operated the Starfleet Surplus Depot Z15 in orbit of Qualor II. Benjamin Sisko and Calvin Hudson were persuaded by Curzon Dax to play a game of dom-jot against two Zakdorn on Pelios Station. The Zakdorn were triumphant and Curzon revealed he had placed a bet on their victory.
The leadership of the people is determined by a very long series of competitions. These start on the day that the new Stratigo is selected and continue for 5 years till the new winner is then determined and becomes the new Stratigo. The next 10 best competitors then become his cabinet and become the leaders of each ministry as selected by the Stratigo.
Zakdorn are humanoids with pouches of thick, fibrous tissue on their cheeks. They have three pouches per cheek. They have pale blue/grey skin with many folds, and the majority of Zakdorns tend to be plump and short, but are not exclusively so.. This has not affected their reputation.
The vast majority of them appear to be obese and weak. However they have a fairly complex physiology that is resistant to most diseases and less susceptible to radiation or exposure. They tend to be unusually healthy although they do tend to suffer from a number of weight and eating issues.
Their minds are very complex with a natural affinity for organization, analytical thinking and probability calculations. Mental disease is only a problem for the very old. As a people, the Zakdorn were generally replete with self-assuredness and overconfidence.
The study of old battles and simulations is the closest thing they have to a religion.
They repeat, study, and treat old battle simulations and records of actual battles like most other species treat legends and myths. Although in their case they approach it more like a religion as every single citizen has studied the top 10,000 so many times that they have they memorized completely, and in most cases all the variables and possibilities that would have or could have affected the outcome.
They have a very structured society with almost no crime. They also do not have any poverty or hunger. All the people live to a comfortable level that tends to be better than that available to the vast majority of other species of the working class.
While they do enjoy music, art and other forms of entertainment they reserve most of their down time for strategic contests and games.
They have a complex series of customs that seem to revolve around their love of strategic competition.
They are slightly ahead of most Federation member species.
While many Zakdorn find employment as strategists or planners, the resounding majority serve in bureaucratic or minor political positions. They are almost self sufficient and export very little. They do however import more than they export. These are mostly edibles, wines, ales and other exotic foods.
Zakdorn strategists are of great value to Starfleet's Tactical Command. Other than that they have no military any more. They do maintain 6 very large satellites with extensive defensive capabilities and a large number of long range warning systems around their home world.
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Information for this article was obtained from Memory Alph and Beta as well as the following TV episodes TNG: Peak Performance, TNG: Ménage à Troi, TNG: Unification I and TNG: The Maquis, Part II. Also used with the source book the Last Unicorn RPG module: All Our Yesterdays: The Time Travel Sourcebook.
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