Planet Name Class Diametre (km) Position Moons Gravity Day (hrs.) Atmosphere Climate Industry
Rigel V M 14,000 V 2 1.5G 28.0 Terrestrial Warm Temperate Medical Sciences
Rigel V

Native Species: Rigelians

Location: Beta Rigel system

Rigel V is the fifth planet in the Rigel system. The planet is inhabited by Rigelians who have similar physiology to Vulcans.

Government
The Rigelians were governed by a monarchy over an aristocracy based around land tenure, service and psionic gifts, and their culture was described as emotional and traditional. The Kaylar meanwhile had a tribal society.

This world was a member of the United Rigel Colonies along with its sister planets in the star system. Rigel V is also a Federation member world.


People
Originally, Rigel V was home to a Kaylar population but it later became home to the Rigelians, a vulcanoid race. The population of Rigel V was known to be quite peaceful. Circa 2270, it had a population of around 1.2 billion, which had risen to 1.3 billion circa 2365, consisting mostly of the vulcanoid Rigelians. This included 1 billion Rigelians, 200 million Kaylar and 25 million Orions.

The capital city was New Jaleyl, while its spiritual center was the Monastery of Gol. Some Rigelians kept living quarters in both places, spending the winter in New Jaleyl and the summer at the monastery.

Settlements:
Aireen
Ancient Grace
Bolor
Kolihn
New Jaleyl
Rey Kel
Tel'rus
Tir' Aresh
Tu'Sor

Locations
Monastery of Gol
Mt. Gol'is Observatory

Environment
Rigel V is a Class M planet. It had a standard atmosphere, a warm climate, and a 45% hydrosphere. Like Rigel II, Rigel V had a minimal axial tilt, which meant that the seasons remained in a constant state by latitude. It has a year that lasted 2.47 Earth years, a diameter of 8542 km, and an average temperature of 38C.

The northern continents of Klor and Viltan are both windswept, cold and mountainous, while the southern barrier islands are temperate, calm and stable. By the south pole is Han-shir, the world's largest continent (named after its counterpart on Vulcan). It consists primarily of desert, particularly behind the west coast's barrier mountains, but the coastal regions are much more pleasant and consist of several tropical jungles. A number of narrow seas separate the continents, while small ice-capped seas cover each of the planetary poles. The planet is noted as being physically beautiful.

An unwanted addition to the ecosystem, however, is the Orion wing-slug, a pest that the people of Rigel V launched periodic eradication campaigns against. Like every afflicted world, they claimed it isn't native to theirs.

Continents:
Han-shir
Klor
Viltan

Geographical features:
Han-shir:
Desert of Nan-shir
Han'il Mountains
Vorita Mountains

Klor:
Dan'ir Mountains
Dan'ol Mountains
Pak'it Mountains

Viltan:
Ir'Ron Mountains
Ol'thor Mountains
Ron'thor Mountains

Seas & Oceans:
Arnakal Ocean
Barrier Straights
Nadiroth Sea
Vanol Sea
Zaniroth Sea

Islands:
Klorian Islands
Viltani Barrier

History
The planet was formerly home to a sizable population of primitive Kaylar, who dominated the world and engaged in constant conflict between the various tribal confederacies. Slavery was a common activity on Rigel V at the time, with the Orions often recruiting Kaylar as mercenaries. This allowed the more progressive and advanced members of the species to leave their planet, but left their more conservative brethren in a continued state of barbarism. The Kaylar allowed their world to be exploited by the Orion Empires when they were at their heights, and many Orion traders and miners visited. However, when the Orion Empires fell, the Kaylar massacred the Orions on their planet and returned to their own conflicts.

This remained the case until the arrival of a Debrune splinter fleet in 453 AD, under the command of Vice-Admiral Torek. Rather than share a world with his comrades or be subordinate to them, he decided to conquer the primitive Rigel V, invading it with the ships under his command. It did not go as well as planned, however, as the native Kaylar were armed by the Orions, who did not intend to share the Rigel system with an expansionist power. The Kaylar lost in the fields but remained firmly entrenched in the jungles and mountainous areas.

But after a century of fighting, the Debrune forces successfully claimed the warmer southern continent and left the colder northern lands to the Kaylar. They negotiated new trade deals with the Orions and avoided further interference from them, leaving the world stable once more. From that point forward, the Debrune offshoot became the Rigelians, who developed their own civilization on their new homeworld.

By the 11th century, Rigelian civilization was at its height, represented by the city of Ancient Grace, which had great many-storied buildings with huge white columns and porticos standing upon its hills. But the Rigelians of this time were described as being distrustful, possessive, and highly competitive. The numerologists warned the Rigelian race to change their ways.

Subsequently, a plague spread through the population and decimated their number, leaving the cities in ruins while the native plant life flourished. After the plague had run its course, the survivors formed a new society that was more rural and decentralized, with new family units that possessed many members, to prevent them from being so decimated again. In addition, their culture shifted to living in the present, rather than focusing on the future or the past. Rigelian society became less inclined to violence as they further adapted to their homeworld.

This shift to a near-agrarian lifestyle meant that the Rigelian people remained poor compared to other worlds, though their forests gave them some biological and medical products which they sold. However, they had no fleets and no trade agreements, which severely restricted their civilization.

In early 2155, the Rigelians participated in talks discussing their wish to join as a possible member in the Coalition of Planets along with Humans, Tellarites, Andorians, Coridans and Vulcans.

Rigel V became a member of the Federation in 2184, after the Rigel Accords were signed and made into law

. At some point in the past, inhabitants from the neighboring world of Rigel IV came to this world for political reasons and their physicians were noted as being among the best, and were responsible for creating a vaccine for the deadly Rigelian fever. After Rigel IV joined the United Federation of Planets, it was known that some of the succeeding generations of the old pirate families began sending their offspring to universities on Rigel V.

In 2293, a Rigelian trade delegation representing the Heart Clan were involved in negotiations with the Federation on Earth, due to them being suspected of being involved in illegal activity such as prostitution and animal skin trading. This round of discussions took three weeks before the members of the clan were collected by the USS Enterprise and escorted back to Rigel V. However, during this time, Rigelian Ambassador Denker was assassinated by criminal elements and the truth of the event was revealed, through a mind meld with Teska, who served as a witness. This led to the revelation of the child slave trade on Rigel V and began a series of reforms in order for the Rigelian government to comply with the Federations laws.

Rigel V applied for and obtained Federation membership in 2297.

In the mid-2360s, Rigel V was still a Federation member. T'Sedd was Rigel VIII's Ambassador to the Federation.

Economy
Rigel V's main exports are medicines and medical technology. The people also produce a number of mercenaries. The planet is home to a number of rural craft guilds such as the Heart Clan and has a precious metal-based economy

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