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WRITING GROUPS: Star Fleet: PRIME (SD- 2427) | Star Fleet: ORIGINS (SD- 2261)- DEFUNCT | Star Fleet: BEYOND (SD- 2771)- DEFUNCT
- INFORMATION CLASSIFICATION: SECRET
- RELIABILITY CLASSIFICATION: B (multiple prolonged contacts by various OSFI/Star Fleet/hostile assets but somewhat dated)
The Treaji reside in an area of the galaxy called the Galapagos Cluster, within Silver Fleet's Area of Operation. While they were, at one time, a primary threat race in Silver Fleet, it has been some time since the Treaji have made an appearance in RP aside from a brief mention here and there.
HISTORY OF CONTACT
The UFP were first made aware of the Treaji from an unmanned Treaji SETI probe which was intercepted by the USS Kingston in 2378. Two years later, the USS Krakatoa traced the location of the Treaji homeworld during her survey of the cluster. First official contact was made in 2380, initiating peaceful, if distant, relations between the two powers. The cluster's geographic isolation and the Treaji's limited range made more meaningful pursuits too difficult. The Treaji exchanged diplomatic pleasantries with every Federation vessel it enountered and offered escorted passage through their space, but little else came of the encounter before the 25th century.
When the Krakatoa conducted the first close-range exploration of the cluster in 2380, it uncovered the existence of a dozen interstellar civilizations. In the intervening years, fifteen new species in Galapagos have either developed interstellar civilizations on their own or been helped to modernization by one of the leading powers. TACFLEET estimates that by the late 2500s most or all of the species in the cluster will be taking part in the interstellar arena; the number and population of advanced civilizations there will rival the Federation.
A reptiloid race which inhabits a handful of star systems on the outer fringes of Galapagos. The Treaji Government is organized as a Commonwealth of Worlds , nominally headed by an Emperor, each Treaji world is an internally sovereign dominion of the commonwealth. Matters of external importance to the dominions (inter-dominion trade, foreign policy, etc, etc) are handled by the Dominions Council, a body made up of appointed representatives from each Treaji world and chaired by a hereditary Emperor.
They were not the first in the cluster to discover FTL travel, but possessing the technology for just over a century, they are among the oldest and most technologically advanced in the region. They are presumed to be an influential race in Galapagos, mostly due to the apparant success of the A'Treaj Royal Trading Company, a civilian merchant fleet owned by the Commonwealth government. ARTC vessels have been observed well beyond the Treaji borders; their goods and currency found in roughly a third of the cluster's markets. High volume agricultural equipment, zero-gravity alloys and high-speed computers for a variety of consumer and industrial applications appear to be particularly popular exports; observers have noted the prevalance of such goods on developing worlds.
In spite of Treaji's apparant commercial successes, TACFLEET believes them to be a comparatively weak military power. Their naval fleet is dispersed across the cluster, almost three quarters of her known forces patrol beyond her borders protecting shipping routes from pirate activity. Her immediate neighbours pose no threat to Treaji sovereignty, most of them being small, friendly powers that rely on Treaji trade to prop up their economies. But her territorial claims are small Compared to the other older powers in the cluster. Fleet movements observed in the last decade suggest that empires such as the Gao'Rothi are whittling away at the Treaji sphere of influence.
The Commonwealth appears to be combating this on primarily diplomatic fronts. The Treaji have opened up diplomatic relations with a number of other Galapagos powers in recent years; it's believed that they are trying to negotiate mutual defense pacts. Along the same lines, the Treaji have hosted a number of trade summits (2406, 2408, 2409, 2410) with the intention of drafting a treaty spreading around the responsibility for deterring piracy. Support for said treaty has been described as reluctant.
The Treaji use warp drive in their interstellar craft, but their propulsion methods are radically different from the norm. A Star Fleet vessel uses warp drive to bend spacetime, shortening the distance between two points, and then traverses the condensed distance propelled by the energy of controlled matter/antimatter reactions. Instead of matter/antimatter propulsion, the Treaji have exploited the high amounts of ionized hydrogen in the interstellar medium throughout the cluster by developing a primitive ion drive. The vessel collects hydrogen ions through a high-intensity ion scoop, and funnels them into an acceleration coil. Fueled by a deuterium-helium-3 fusion reactor, the hydrogen is accelerated and exhausted through the stern, propelling the craft forward.
The Treaji propulsion system works very efficiently in Galapagos, even if it does move their vessels at markedly slower speeds compared to the matter/antimatter drive. However, as the starship leaves the cluster the ionized hydrogen becomes more rarified in the interstellar medium. There is a point at which the ion scoop can no longer gather enough hydrogen ions to propel the craft, imprisoning the Treaji more or less in Galapagos.
The remainder of Treaji technology is several centuries behind the Federation equivalent, but considered sufficiently advanced to remove them from the protection of the Prime Directive.
In 2401, TACFLEET became interested in the accelerating pace of Galapagos' technical advancement. The cluster being a very unstable region politically, analysts at Emerging Threat Assessment became increasingly interested in the possibilities of Galapagos uniting under a hostile banner. They made a strong enough case to policy makers that Galapagos became a long-term strategic objective to UFP external affairs. In 2404, the Federation placed an embassy on the Treaji homeworld, a move which the Treaji welcomed but never reciprocated. By 2408, the Treaji agreed to initiate talks about closer diplomatic ties. In late 2409, talks had officially opened to include the possibility of Federation membership.
The Treaji have recently extended an invitation to construct a joint Treaji-Federation starbase which could accomodate a permanent Star Fleet presence in the area. The proposal is currently being studied by committee in the Federation Council.
It should be noted that while the Emperor and the Dominions Council are inclined to support Federation membership, there are elements of the population that are strongly opposed. Certain figures in industry have pointed to the Prime Directive as a direct threat to Treaji commercial supremacy, noting that a significant portion of the Commonwealth's trade is done with species that might fall under the PD's umbrella of protection. Talks have stalled a number of times over gray areas in precisely this area.