Planet Name Class Diametre (km) Position Moons Gravity Day (hrs.) Atmosphere Climate Industry
Efros M 14,300 IV 2 1.0G 29.0 Terrestrial Arctic Engineering
Efros - Class M - United Federation of Planets

World Name: Efros
System Name: Flarset
Number of Class M planets: 1
Position in system: IV
Number Of Satellites: 0
Planetary Gravity: 1.1G
Diameter: 14,300 km
Equatorial Circumference: 45,000 km
Total Surface Area: 642,400,000 sq. km
Percentage Land Mass: 36%
Total Land Mass: 231,000,000 sq. km
Length Of Day: 29 hrs
Atmospheric Density: Terrestrial
General Climate: Arctic

Efros, also known as Efros Delta, is the fourth planet in the Flarset system and homeworld of the humanoid Efrosians, a member of the United Federation of Planets.

Efrosian males have cranial ridges and are generally seen wearing long, white hair and flowing mustaches.

History
The planet Efros was in the throes of an ice age as recently as the mid-13th century. In fact, the very name "Efros" translates as "ice" in the Efrosian language.

Politics
The United Federation of Planets made first contact with Efros in 2278 when the USS Surak visited the planet. A notable citizen of Efros was Federation President Ra-ghoratreii.

Planetary Information
Geography
Efros is a cold world with virtually no variety in climate and massive glaciers dot the landscape. However, the planet does have an abundant supply of metals and geothermal energy. Most of the Efrosian people live in the small temperate zone aound the equator.

Planetary Description:
The planet is a cold, harsh world that only in the last thousand years emerged from a millennia-long ice age. Few native animals live on Efros, as the climate makes it extremely difficult for plants to thrive. However, the abundance of metal on the planet makes it valuable nonetheless. The planet is only barely Class M. The first survey, in fact, identified it as a Class L world. The Evironment is slowly changing as a result of the rrecession of the massive ice sheets that have wrapped the planet in a major ice age. Additionally, the Starfleet Corps of Engineers are using some terraforming technologies to help speed the planet's recovery.

Climate:
Efrosian frost-fields are features of the planet Efros. These are massive broad open plains covered with ice flows. Only a few hardy plants such as the Efrosian Orchid are capable of surviving in this harsh environment. The frost fields and similar terrain and environmental conditions account for nearly 80% of the planets biosphere.

The ice sheets are beginning to recede and as the planet warms, they sea levels are rising. This has seen an explosion in verdant plant growth which is beginning to take full advantage of the newer warmer equatorial environment. Nice sandy beaches and balmy weather is common at the equator. however, the rapid climate changes spawn violent and unpredictable storms, which have been know to completely devestate massive swaths of land. The Starfleet Corps of Engineers are performing Surveys to determine if Weather Modification Satellites could be implemented to assist in dissipating the most violent storms as they form.

Physiology

Efrosians are very similar in appearance to Klingons, save for the very slight cranial ridges in comparison to a Klingon's full crest, and a copper skin complexion. Their faces contain fatty deposits inherited from their primitive ancestors who neglected to cover their faces from the harsh cold of the planet Efros. Males tend to have white or blonde hair while females usually have black or dark brown hair. It is typical in Efrosian culture for the males to grow lengthy mustaches, and most Efrosians wear their hair long. Efrosians have two stomachs and require the oils found in Levithi nuts in order to remain healthy. These nuts are found only on Efros Delta, but are exported to other Federation worlds where Efrosians live. Most Efrosians have weak eyes but compensate with a heightened sense of smell. Some Efrosians who are blind can correct this disability with a type of special mechanical glasses. Interestingly, despite their poor eyesight Efrosians appear to have a greater range of vision than Humans, being sensitive to a wider portion of the spectrum. An inherent ability is their uncanny sense of direction. This is believed to have originated as a survival mechanism to deal with their world's often blinding snowstorms. As a result, Efrosians are often sought out as navigators.

Society and Culture
Cultural development
Efrosian culture is the result of living on the harsh, frozen world of Efros Delta for generations. Both technological and social development were minimal during the millennia-long ice age that ravaged the planet. Close-knit tribes formed out of a need for survival. Once the immense glaciers began to break up, the planet eventually united. Efrosians prefer to specialize in one area of expertise.

The Efrosians do not have a written language. Although introduced to the concept by other civilizations, the Efrosian culture is still based on memorizing oral history, with libraries resembling other worlds' music archives. Furthermore, the Efrosian language is music based, which is more common among aquatic species such as the Alonis, than mammalian humanoids.

Efrosians lack the concept of monogamy found in many other humanoid cultures, however this lack of monogamy does not necessarily translate into sexual promiscuity. Still, Efrosians consider sexual intercourse a useful way to learn to work well with others, helping one appreciate one's colleagues. It is actually considered somewhat rude not to flirt with someone of your preferred sex. Children are raised by their mothers alone; in fact, the Efrosian word for mother is the word which translates into English as "parent". The closest term for a father is "seed-donor." Most Efrosians never meet their father. The mother is aided in caring for the child by whatever male lovers she has taken at the time. This behavior arose out of necessity; given the harsh conditions on Efros Delta, males had to mate with as many females as possible, and leaving a mother dependent upon only one male, who might not return from foraging parties, was foolish.

Efrosians are often attuned to others' emotional needs. They are known as an emotionally complex people

Government
Each tribe during the ice age had at least one warrior-priest, an individual capable of exceptional combat as well as great healing. When the ice age ended, the warrior-priests soon united Efros under a religious oligarchy led by the still-revered S'skotomz. As members of the United Federation of Planets, an Efrosian delegation sits on the Federation Council. In 2289, Ra-ghoratreii was elected President of the United Federation of Planets and served until 2300.

Religion
Efrosians are deeply spiritual, as a rule. Their religion features the same binary morality as is found in many Earth religions. The Efrosian equivalent of heaven is known as "Endless Sky", and it is balanced by a fiery underworld. Efrosian funeral services feature a "death march" in honor of the deceased. . The Efrosian faith is rumored to obligate its members' names not be spoken (sung) aloud, on Efros. Nothing else is known ,because Efrosians refuse to discuss the matter with outsiders, except to mention that their religion is what enabled them to withstand the Efros ice age. Unfortunately, this has been the subject of speculation and some Tellarites believe child-sacrifice and ritual murder are common religious practices. This guarded secrecy very much remains in place in the 24th century.

History
Some Federation anthropologists claim there is some evidence that the Efrosians did not originally evolve on Efros. Other anthropologists suggest that the race was seeded on the planet before its ice age by the Preservers.

Unlike other planets where technology suffered under religious rule, the Efrosian warrior-priests believe technology betters life. As the climate warmed (at a very slow rate), additional energy and mineral resources were discovered that contributed substantially to their technological progress. First contact was made with the Federation in 2278 when the Vulcan crew of the USS Surak visited Efros. Delighted to learn of other intelligent life, the Efrosians soon joined the Federation and began educational and philosophical cultural exchanges with other worlds. Many serve in Starfleet and the Merchant Academy as helmsmen, navigators, and medical personnel .

In 2286, an Efrosian helmsman, Chitirih Ra-Dreii was aboard the USS Saratoga when it encountered the cetacean probe, along the Klingon Neutral Zone. An Efrosian ambassador was also present on Earth during the crisis. An Efrosian Commander was CO of the orbiting spacedock, when hailed by the bridge simulation. In 2293, Federation President Ra-ghoratreii granted extradition of Captain James T. Kirk and Doctor Leonard McCoy to the Klingon Empire to stand trial for the assassination of Chancellor Gorkon. Soon afterward, he handled the signing of the Khitomer Accords. In the 24th century, many Efrosians have protested the Integrated Officer concept in place at Starfleet Academy, due to their cultural preference to specialize in one knowledge area.

In 2377, an Efrosian male was serving as the chief mechanic of the Otamawan. He was killed by the Chalnoth bounty hunter Grauq.

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