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Four Letter Code ZEON
Federation Status Neutral
Planet of Origin Zeon
Encountered TOS: Patterns of Force
T/E Rating T0/E0
Current Tech Level L
List of Named Zeons

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"Peace is to be desired but not at the expense of freedom."
a Zeon saying.
The Zeon are a species who would prefer to live peacefully with others but have had the misfortune to be treated worse than slaves by the other species in their system, the Ekosians. This has made them distrust most other species and to have hard feelings to match their painful memories of the Ekosians. Even time, the great healer of all wounds, seems to be working slower than normal in this case.

Home System

  • Quadrant: Beta
  • Location: Dran'tis Sector (coordinates B24-0002-1300)
  • Proper Name: M43 Alpha
  • Star: It orbits a class G (Yellow) star
  • Distance from Star: its orbit is approximately 52 million km
  • Companions: 5 other planets. It is the 4th planet in the system
  • Moons: it has 1 moon.

Home World

  • Proper Name: Zeon
  • Diameter: 19,100 km (11,868 miles)
  • Gravity: 1.01 standard gravity with a density of 3.7
  • Axial Tilt: 22%, with earth like seasons
  • Orbital Period: 394 days
  • Rotational Period: 26 hours
  • Classification: M
  • Surface Water: 57%
  • Atmosphere: 92% is a standard pressure with 71% nitrogen, 28% oxygen, 1% trace chemicals
  • Climate: Extremely earth like
  • Terrain: Extremely earth like
  • Population: Just over 5 billion


By the mid-23rd century, Zeon had been living in peace for many generations, and had developed the beginnings of interplanetary spaceflight. Noticing the state of anarchy among the warlike, pre-spaceflight Ekosians, many Zeons came to Ekos in an effort to help their neighbors learn peaceful ways. Sometime after 2218, a Zeon colony was established on Ekos.

After the cultural contamination of John Gill and the takeover of the Nazi regime by Melakon, Zeons became a hunted people on Ekos. Using the Nazi model, Melakon used the presence of Zeons in much the same way as Adolf Hitler used the Jews of Germany and Europe, scrape-goats to be blamed for Ekos' problems and eventually a threat to be eliminated. With the technology elicited from Gill, Melakon rapidly upgraded Ekosian weapons. By 2268, the "Final Decision", a genocidal invasion on the planet Zeon, was preparing for deployment.

The USS Enterprise, assigned to discover what had happened to John Gill, arrived just before the launch of the invasion against Zeon. The intervention of Kirk, Spock and McCoy roused Gill in time to call-off the attack, and Gill recanted his beliefs to Kirk as he died, insisting that the Prime Directive was "the only way".

The regime created by Gill and Melakon proved to be weaker than their German model. The Nazi government and the "Final Decision" were not embraced by all of Ekos. An underground alliance of Zeons and Ekosians had formed, including high-level Nazi party members who wanted no part in the genocide. Kirk's actions allowed the Zeon Isak to kill Deputy Führer Melakon. Afterwards, there appeared to be no impediment to the worlds working together. Spock observed that the union of the two cultures would make a fine addition to the Federation.

However by 2268, relations with Ekos still remained strained and all most all of the Zeons have returned to their own world. Eventually talks broke down between them and conditions worsened until they exploded into full scale war. The Federation did its best to broker peace between the two planet, but the war continued for more than 10 years.

Peace between them was finally achieved in 2279 but while they are still on peaceful terms with the Ekosians now, and most of the people who lived through the insanity have passed on, there is still a faint undercurrent of belief that has prevented them from becoming allies.


They have a council of elders that represents all 8 regions on the planet. The total number of individuals on this council is in a constant state of change. The only requirements for membership on this council is that the individual must be 50 years of age or more and have at least 2 different degrees in 2 different fields of study.


They are peace-loving pacifists, who are almost physically indistinguishable from Nordic and European archetypes on the planet Earth.


Other than a few minor chemical and hormonal differences their physiology is fairly close to that of the Ekosians. Both species have many similarities with Terrans.


On the whole they tend to be fairly stable mentally as a race however they also seem to be genetically predisposed to avoiding conflict and any act of aggression.


They believe that regardless of the species that all individuals are brothers. All a part of the same universal family. Created by the same spirit that created the universe itself. This being, the Creator watches over all.


They have a rather long list of colorful individuals who seem to have learned important lessons of one kind or another. In most cases the Creator is the teacher even though he may never have let the hero know who he was.


As a people the Zeon are very close, sharing good times and the bad. They work well together and seem to treat the community or even their whole society as one large extended family.


They do tend to spend more time on science, learning and hard work than the arts but they have great respect for poetry, stories and music that touches the soul. At social gatherings music and dancing along with good food are the main form of celebration.


They have a number of interesting customs such as the Rashiva where a male child at the age of 10 undergoes a series of tests to prove they are ready for adulthood.


They tend to be a very intelligent species and excel in technological advancements as is evident by their arts and sciences. Due to their genetic disposition towards finding peaceful solutions to problems they are natural diplomats and a generous people. They are very open to sharing their discoveries with their neighbors.

However because of the shared history with the Ekosians they have adopted a different policy with them. While they will share all medical knowledge as soon as it has been proven to be useful they do not pass on other technology until it has become obsolete for them.


They have a very well developed internal as well as external trade system. As a result they export and import a wide variety of items. The only species they reserve the right to control what they trade to them are the Ekosians.


They have never had a military force and still do not. However they have built and placed into orbit an incredibly large number of defensive satellites. They also have a few deep space scanners and advance warning systems as well. These are regularly upgraded as needed.

Federation Intelligence Files

For more data see Federation Intelligent File #TOS-2355-1842.


Information for this article was obtained from Memory Alpha and Beta as well as the TV episode TOS:Patterns of Force. The following sources were also used, Star Trek 12 novelization: Patterns of Force and SCE eBook: Fables of the Prime Directive.

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