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Official UFPDOCA Colony Entry: Analavia IV
- Colony Name: Analavia IV
- Creator: James Braun
- System/Location: Analavian system(Blue Medium star); close to the Tellarite home system.
- Distance to nearest Starbase: Starbase 17 orbits the colony
- Planet Classification: M-Class
- Satellites/Space Stations: 3 small moons, captured asteroids. All uninhabited. SB17 is stationed in orbit.
- Land/Water Ratio: 22%/78%. Landforms consist of a supercontintal mass covering most of the nothern and equatorial regions, and a volcanic archipeligo of 17 islands in the southern region. Oceans and seas are wide shallow bodies, and most of the supercontinent is marshland.
- Climate Controlled: No
- Native Sentient Life: None
- Colony Age: 48 years
- Population: 770 000
- Species Present:
- Tellarite 78%
- Ferengi 16%
- Cardassian 5%
- Other 1%
- Colony Status: UFP Protectorate (Leased to Ferengi for 55 years)
- Government: The Ferengi Commerce Authority has set up a local lease board to administrate its interests. Liasons from the Federation Council and the Tellarite Miners Guild sit on the lease board.
- Major Cities/Settlements:
- Merangh--350 000.
Although surveyed by the Tellarite Mining Guild more than 250 years ago, this metals-rich planet was left untouched for centuries; most of the veins are located under oceans or marshes, making extraction difficult and expensive.
53 years ago, however, the latinum-strapped TMG proposed a plan to mine Analavia...going to the Ferengi Commerce Authority to get the capital it needed. Under the terms of the contract later worked out between the UFP and the FCA, Analavia was leased to the Ferengi for a period of 55 years. Colonists can choose between UFP or Ferengi citizenship, and all the profit from the development goes back to the Ferengi until the handover.
48 years ago, the Tellarites broke Earth on the tritanium mine at Merangh. In ten years, Merangh became a small city, and a number of smaller mines grew up along the western coast of the supercontinent. At this point, the Tellarites petitioned the Federation Council to scuttle the decreipt SB17 facility in orbit around the Tellarite home star, and built a new one over Analavia. The station, which is Federation owned and manned, has become a focal point for trade in the sector, and has grown to include zero-gravity foundries for the formation of particular alloys.
Although population has risen steadily since the colony's inception, the last real immigration wave was 30 years ago, when a host of Cardassian refugees fleeing Klingon aggression at home settled on the station. The Analavian operation, which was in dire need of skilled workers, turned a blind eye to the origins of anyone with mining or freighter experience; there the Cardassians found a friendlier home than most within Federation borders.
In recent years, with the steady expansion of the mining operations on the supercontinent, the Federation has become increasingly concerned about the effects on the Analavian ecosystems. The Galactic Envirionmental Protection Agency, along with the Federation Science Council, have leased 15 of the 17 islands of the southern archipeligo from the FCA, operating a wildlife preserve and field research station. Due to the predominance of ocean life on the planet, the Federation has managed to add a clause into the FCA lease prohibiting development 320 km off the shores of any landmass, and on any islands of the archipeligo.
Latinum-based. Tritanium, Latinum, Copper and Iron are all mined from the planet.
Analavian culture has been predominantly Tellarite, although Ferengi traditions have made their appearance through holidays, business practices, etc. Race relations have been remarkably harmonious, most of the citizens have been too busy reaping the rewards of successful mining ventures to pay much mind to the origins of their neighbours and coworkers.
Although Analavia IV has so far been a model of joint economic development cooperation between the great powers of the galaxy. However, as the date of handover approaches, Analavia's success may jeopardize it's stability. The FCA has already attempted to negotiate an extension of the lease period; the TMG has placed a similar offer on the table trying to buy out the Ferengi claim to the colony. Neither offer has met with any success.
As Stardate 110312 approaches, tensions are increasing among the factions of the lease board, and the possibility of violence has not been overlooked...although relations between the citizens still appear friendly, reports indicate that undercurrents of malice are beginning to manifest themselves. The lines between the Ferengi and the Tellarites are clear, what hasn't been determined(as usual?) is where the Cardassians will cast their lot should a fight erupt for control of the planet.
UPDATE: Stardate 110612
Under the watchful escort of the USS Osiris, USS Kingston, USS Singapore and a pair of Ferengi caravels, the Ferengi component of the lease board left Analavia IV on SD 110405, leaving the colony in the hands of the Tellarites and their newly-elected colonial government. A sizeable Ferengi population remains on the planet and in control of many key spinoff industries, but so far the handover has been a smooth one.