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Four Letter Code ZLDN
Federation Status Member
Planet of Origin Zaldor
Encountered By the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D (TNG: "Coming of Age")
T/E Rating T0/E0
Current Tech Level M
List of Named Zaldans

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"Say what you mean. I do not trust your sugary words."
a Zaldan warning.
The Zaldan are a species who believe in being painfully blunt and truthful. So much so that many other species often mistake their attitude for being insulting. This might cause them some difficulties in some situations but their natural aggressive tendencies which have been redirected into many different physically demanding and challenging sports means that most of them can easily defend themselves against most attackers.

Home System

  • Quadrant: Beta
  • Location: La'Dor Sector (coordinates B27-0001-1296)
  • Proper Name: Dorkrin system
  • Star: It orbits a class K (Yellow) star
  • Distance from Star: its orbit is approximately 72 million km
  • Companions: 5 other planets. It is the 3rd planet in the system
  • Moons: it has 2 moons.

Home World

  • Proper Name: Zalda (also known as Dolium V)
  • Diameter: 21,663 km (13,461 miles)
  • Gravity: 1.02 standard gravity with a density of 3.3
  • Axial Tilt: 25.7% with earth like seasonal effects
  • Orbital Period: 471 days
  • Rotational Period: 31 hours
  • Classification: M
  • Surface Water: 63%
  • Atmosphere: 1.14 is a standard pressure with 72% nitrogen, 26% oxygen, 2% trace chemicals
  • Climate: Earth like climate zones.
  • Terrain: It has a number of swamps, large islands and a few active volcanoes.
  • Population: Just over 6 billion


They became a unified people early in their history and expanded to settle just about every section of their world. Even in the early days they understood the need to redirect their natural aggressive tendencies towards other endeavors. As a result they developed a number of highly competitive physically demanding sports as a way to deal with this problem.

It was only after they discovered space travel that they first learned about war. As a result they quickly built a large fleet of war ships with which to defend themselves.

Almost 200 years later in 2290 they first achieved warp speeds and soon made contact with the USS Antigua. This almost resulted in hostilities except for the natural abilities of the Starfleet Captain. Less than 50 years later the Zaldan became members of the Federation.

In the 2370s and 2380s, the Zaldans were represented on the Federation Council by Molmaan.

Ricktor Prime was the site of a Zaldan colony. During the Dominion War, the planet was attacked by the Jem'Hadar and the Cardassians.


They have a unique government that reflects their culture in the fact that physical competition and challenges are an intricate part of their daily parliamentary procedures. The green and orange sun burst symbol it the emblem of their unified people.

Zaldan insignia.jpg


They are humanoid in appearance save for a webbed membrane between the fingers and slightly amphibious features. On the whole they tend to have a reddish weather beaten complexion and dark hair. The men tend to be 6'2" to 6'4" and the women tend to be 6' to 6'2".


They tend to be athletic and tall with well developed musculatures. They have a high resistance to pain and while they suffer from a normal range of medical conditions they also seem to be fairly resistant to most common viral infections.


They tend to have a higher level of aggressive behavior than most species but are able to control this with ease. They are also highly competitive athletes and tend to do very well in all physically demanding sports. Other than that they suffer from a normal range of mental issues.


They have a unique belief system that involves their highly competitive nature and love of competitive sports and athletic events.


They have many legends and stories revolving about great athletes, teams and sporting events.


Considering how blunt and direct they are one would expect a higher level of civil unrest or disruptions but crime is almost unheard of and civil unrest never occurs. They have a fairly happy society with any personnel differences being dealt with in a very quick yet effective manner.


Soft soothing melodies and tranquil nature pictures/paintings form the majority of their artistic efforts.


As a culture, Zaldans are infuriated by courtesy, viewing it as a form of phoney social behaviour designed to camouflage true feelings. This has meant they have found integration into the galactic society difficult. Once this is taken into account, however, they are a friendly and helpful people.


They are slightly behind most Federation member species.


They are self sufficient and while that do have a wide range of export goods they tend to have difficulty finding and keeping trading partners. Still even with this they have a strong economy and a few long term trade partners. Many dislike them, but Zaldans play an important role in facilitating Federation trade with the Klingon Empire.


Before becoming a member of the Federation they had a large fleet of military ships with larger than normal complements of infantry. Since then they have sold off all these ships and now serve in the Federation. Due to their background they are one of the few species that have been allowed to provide the entire crew for a ship in Starfleet. In fact they have consistently had more than 1 ship with a complete Zaldan crew ever since the 10th anniversary of their acceptance into the Federation.

Federation Intelligence Files

In late 2366 a Borg cube invaded Federation space and due to the Borg's vastly superior power Starfleet suffered a disastrously one-sided battle with the cube, called the Battle of Wolf 359. A fleet of 40 starships assembled to combat the cube, and 39 of those ships were completely destroyed, with the cube emerging unscathed. 2 of these vessels were crewed completely by Zaldan crews. For more information see files # TNG-2366-5372 and TNG-2366-5373


Information for this article was obtained from Memory Alpha and Beta as well as the TV episodes TNG: Coming of Age, TNG: Battle of Wolf 359, TNG: The Best of Both Worlds and TNG: The Best of Both Worlds, Part II. Other sources used were ST novel: A Singular Destiny, ST novel: Articles of the Federation, TNG short story: " Four Lights and Last Unicorn RPG module: All Our Yesterdays: The Time Travel Sourcebook.


This file was updated and approved by the SDC on 20 November 2013

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