|Planet Name||Class||Diametre (km)||Position||Moons||Gravity||Day (hrs.)||Atmosphere||Climate||Industry|
Nausicaa - Class: M - Independant|
Gravity: 0.7 G
Climate: Standard atmosphere, 40% hydrosphere, Cold temperature
Demographics: Hundreds of thousands of natives
Civilization: Anarchic Feudalism with despotic overtones
Resources: Extensive flora and fauna, textiles, thugs
A wild, rough world of predators and harsh winters, Nausicaa is also the home of the Nausicaans. These imposing figures are seen at the fringes of civilization, threatening those they can successfully intimidate, and remembering days of glory long ended by the Federation and other powerful empires.
The Nausicaans live in a kind of anarchy. After becoming old enough to survive on their own, Nausicaans work for the family. Encounters with others involve friendly greetings and one-upmanship, turning into shouted claims of mighty deeds and adventures - real or not - to highlight the honor of their own families and themselves. Fighting is common, but serious injury is not. Nausicaans know what they're getting into when they fight.
Because they treat other races the same way they treat each other, Nausicaans are usually employed as brute force labor. They can't be trusted to supervise themselves with much else - not because they're thieves (though many are) but because they will naturally inflate their own efforts when reporting. They have risen to about Federation Standard technology, save weapons and high warp technology for their ships. No galactic power has yet seen profit in providing such dangerous technology to a race so given to violence and lying. Even the Ferengi have chosen not to arm the Nausicaans to that degree. There is more profit in employing them as labor.
Given their history and pride in high piracy, many Nausicaans who leave Nausicaa join the Orion Syndicate or other unsavory organizations or ships. Most pirates or privateers who can employ Nausicaan enforcers. Because of their natural competitive drive, Nausicaans employ artificial gravity in training facilities all over their planet. Nausicaan ships typically operate under 1.1 G, to help give them an edge when on other worlds or ships. They were strong even in their planet's naturally light gravity. With this training, they are fearsome indeed. In part, this compensates for a sense of inferiority the Nausicaans have developed over their minor status in the galaxy. Rather than acknowledge the power of Starfleet, it is easier to train until they are stronger than Humans.
While the Nausicaans were never a threat to the warlike Andorians, they did see the potential in these new ships. The age of high piracy began as the Nausicaans spread into the universe- and discovered plenty of rich targets hauling freight, technology, and resources the Nausicaans could use. These pirates were accorded great honor among the families of Nausicaa, and Nausicaan pirates spread throughout the sector, preying on the slow, the weak, or the unorganized.
These times began to change as more and more races developed more powerful technology than the unscientific Nausicaans. Still, for each planet whose freighters became too well protected, another less powerful planet began to ply the space lanes. In 2151, at the height of the Nausicaan Era of High Piracy, a Nausicaan pirate ship attacked the Terran Freighter Horizon. Horizon's distress call was received and answered by NX-01 Enterprise, the first warp 5 capable starship in Starfleet. After fighting off the Nausicaans, Captain Archer warned the pirates that a lot more of their starships would be joining Enterprise soon enough. The Nausicaans had heard this before, and figured that as the Humans became too powerful, the pirates would instead focus on weaker people.
In this, they were wrong. With the foundation of the Federation in 2161, starships began protecting the spacelanes. Weaker freighters suddenly had assistance even if their worlds had no warships of their own. The Nausicaans adapted their methods, turning their pursuits to hit and run raids. Through much of the 22nd and 23rd century they had success in this, but by the end of the 23rd century Starfleet had had enough. Nausicaa was presented with an ultimatum. Either rein in its pirates, or be considered directly responsible and pay the price. The Nausicaans, knowing too well when they were dominating and when they were being dominated, accepted the terms.
In the years since then, Nausicaan traders have taken up the very same roles as the prey they followed for so long. Those Nausicaans who could not stand a peaceful life hire themselves out as muscle, doing what they do best across the galaxy. Today, any less reputable port likely has some Nausicaans aboard, and they remain dangerous if not handled correctly. It was a Nausicaan who stabbed Ensign Jean-Luc Picard through the heart, after a disagreement over damjaat. Even as far away as Federation starbase Deep Space 9, Nausicaans can be found terrorizing bartenders and tailors when they can get away with it.
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