Location: Alpha Canaris system
Dominant Species: Human
Gravity: 1.2 g
Diameter: 10,200 kilometers
Equatorial circumference: 36,800 kilometers
Length of day: 22 hours
Land mass percentage: 40%
Alpha III, or Kericindal, is the third planet in the Alpha Canaris system located inside Federation space.
Alpha III was originally home to a technologically advanced civilization that called their world Kericindal. These people never left their planet and eventually died out under unknown circumstances thousands of years ago,. Traces of this civilization were not immediately evident when humans colonized Alpha III, but became known after a series of archaeological excavations. Terra Four is a Human colony founded on Alpha III sometime in the 22nd century. The Statutes of Alpha III is considered among the most important political documents ever written.
Alpha III is a full-status Federation member world. By the 2270s, the planet was a member of the Federation Security Council, and still held that status by the mid-2360s. Its ambassador to the Federation in the mid-2360s was James Kara. The Federation Tribunal, the Federation's highest court, is based on Alpha III. The USS Explorer was built in orbit here, using the Dry Dock Construction Yard.
The world had a population of 170 million in circa 2270. It is a major cultural and administrative center of the United Federation of Planets, and concerned primarily with culture, industry and trade. In the late 23rd century, Alpha III has a technological/sociopolitical index of 885753-88 and a planetary trade profile of BCBDBBC/C (B). In the 2270s, it had only class 2 facilities for starship support.
Alpha III is a Class L planet, similar to Earth but geologically inactive. Alpha III has seven moons.
It has a total surface area of 370,000,000 square kilometers and, with 40% land mass, a total land area of 148,000,000 square kilometers. It has a gravity of 1.2 g, a diameter of 10,200 kilometers and an equatorial circumference of 36,800 kilometers. About 70% of its makeup is normal metals, 20% radioactive elements, 5% gemstones, and it has trace deposits industrial crystals and special minerals.
The dominant animal on Alpha III is a docile, reptilian biped which is typically 0.94 meters tall, weighs 30 kilograms, and have a lifespan of 23 years. They have limited intelligence but display a strong sense of loyalty uncommon in animals. As they quickly develop attachments to people, these reptiles are commonly found as pets of the colonists.