Denobula - Class M - United Federation of Planets
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Denobula is the homeworld of the Denobulan species. Located in the Denobula Triaxa system, the planet has a single large, inhabited continent. Fauna of Denobula include the Denobulan lemur. The planet is heavily populated, with approximately twelve billion inhabitants in 2152. In 2153, a group of Denobulan scientists studied a system of caves on the planet Xantoras, seeking to avert seismic disasters on Denobula. The Enterprise NX-01's Dr. Phlox was Denobulan. The Denobulans hail from the system Denobula Triaxa, and only require six days of sleep per year (though, according to Dr. Phlox, two will suffice). It is common for Denobulans to have multiple spouses Phlox has three wives, who, in turn, each have two other husbands. Mating among this species is apparently very complex compared to human traditions, yet most Denobulans do not like to be touched.
Denobulan medical ethics considered a patient's will to be absolutely binding, including his denial to be cured or live. This was noted to be pretty unlike the Hippocratic Oath followed by Humans, which compelled a physician to save a patient. By the 22nd century, the Denobulans had experimented with nanotechnology. Although Denobulans don't keep pets, they tend to address or greet animals they meet by imitating their sounds, even insects.
On Denobula, dermal art was very common until sometime before 2153. Denobulans had prominent facial ridges running down either side of the forehead to the cheeks, an enlarged brow ridge under a high receded hairline, a vertical crevice in the center of the forehead, and a ridged chin. They also had ridges on their back, along the spine. Their toenails were dark brown and yellow striped, and they grew so rapidly that they needed to be groomed once a week. Denobulans also had very long tongues, and they used tongue scrapers. Denobulan males had a line of hair down the middle of their chest, up to their throat. Denobulan females had very potent pheromones that the males could sense, and they released them when they were romantically interested in someone, and presumably during their mating season. Denobulan males were known to become violent during the mating season. Denobulans had a unique ability to enlarge their faces. This was an instinct for when they felt threatened. It was likely similar to the defense mechanism of the blowfish, an aquatic lifeform native to Earth. They also had an unusually wide smile for humanoids. Denobulans seemed to change their eye color depending on their moods.
Denobulans normally required very little sleep, but they did hibernate for five to six days each year. However, at a minimum, two days were sufficient. If a Denobulan was awakened prematurely, the results could be somewhat unpredictable; hibernating Denobulans, if woken, appeared extremely disoriented and confused, with oddly-pitched voices, and had difficulty maintaining normal motor skills and cognitive functions. Denobulans did not talk during meals, as they considered it a waste of time. Denobulans had highly-efficient natural climbing abilities similar to those of Earth lizards, being capable of scaling vertical rock faces at a rapid speed with no equipment whatsoever, appearing to scuttle up the rock face without needing to find handholds.
Denobulans appeared to possess particularly powerful immune systems; when Phlox was nearly assimilated by the Borg, his immune system was able to fight off the nanoprobes long enough for him to find a means of destroying them, although he admitted that his immune system would not be able to hold them off indefinitely. The exact life expectancy of Denobulans is not known, but indications suggest that lifespans are extremely long. Phlox, in the 22nd century, once stated that his grandmother lived through Denobula's last war with the Antarans, a war which ended while Earth was in the 19th century. This indicates that at least three generations of Denobulans had existed during the three-hundred-year span between the events, suggesting a long lifespan. Since the 20th century, the Denobulans practiced genetic engineering, with generally positive results.
Since the Denobulans' last war with the Antarans was in the late 1800s, the B'Saari must have made contact before then. The Denobulans first met the Human race sometime prior to the 2130s. This was around the time Nathan Samuels was 18, and when his father was killed in a crash involving a Denobulan pilot. (ENT: "Demons") By the 2130s, Denobulans and Humans had built the joint research station Cold Station 12. When the Vulcans formed the Interspecies Medical Exchange, Denobulans were involved and contributed medical personnel.
Doctor Phlox lived on Earth for "a great many years" before being assigned to Enterprise. It is unclear the exact time-frame in which Denobulans and Humans first met each other. In 2155, a Denobulan ambassador was sent to Earth to join in talks of forming a Coalition of Planets. One of the USS Enterprise-E's doctors, Tropp, is a Denobulan.
In the mid-23rd century, the national reserve bank in the capital city was broken into. The thief or thieves stole nearly three hundred million credits' worth of ancient gemstones. The crime was unsolved by August 2267, but Lieutenant Haniff Jackson of Starbase 47-Vanguard suspected one Joshua Kane as the culprit.