Tellar Prime - United Federation of Planets - Class M

Planet Name Class Diametre (km) Position Moons Gravity Day (hrs.) Atmosphere Climate Industry
Tellar M 8,500 V 3 1.25G 20.0 Terrestrial Warm Temperate Shipbuilding
Tellar or Tellar Prime is a Class M planet that was home to the humanoid Tellarites. Relative to the planetoid Babel, it is located on the far side of the Andorian Empire.

Good arguments are considered a sport on Tellar.

In 2155, it became one of the founding members of the Coalition of Planets and later, in 2161, the United Federation of Planets. Following the fall of Betazed during the war, in 2374, it was believed that Tellar could be the Dominion's next target.

61 Cygni, a binary star system consisting of two Class K components located 11.4 light years from Sol, is the location of Tellar.

Tellar is the mountainous homeworld of the Tellarite civilization. Tellar is the capital planet and seat of government of the United Planets of Tellar state, one of the founding members of the United Federation of Planets.

The world, known also as Tellar Prime, Tellarus and as Miracht, is the fifth planet in the Tellar system. Its location is in the Alpha Quadrant. In addition, the planet had two moons known as Kera and Phinda.



The surface of Tellar is noted for being unusually dry and has an inactive climate for a Class M planet with it being sunny most of the time at all locations. This light and dry atmosphere does not trap the heat sufficiently which means that temperatures remained cool across the years. Furthermore, there is very little water covering the planetary surface with whatever oceans being present being little more than large inland seas. Whilst on the surface the world lacks much water, it does by volume possess the same amounts of those on M Class worlds. The reason for this discrepancy is because the planetary continental shelf cantilevers over the oceans surface instead of sloping beneath it which traps much of the water underground. This lack of surface water means that little of it evaporates into the air thus depriving any possibility of rainfall which was in turn why the planet is so dry and calm. Any sea water instead flows through a network of subterranean caverns and collects inland into vast underground reservoirs. This process means that the water is filtered of any impurities including salt and means that these reserves consist of fresh water.

Tellar is the location of the Tellar Prime Shipyards. Starfleet's main outpost in the Tellar system is Starbase 223. The Starfleet Intelligence Operations School is located on Tellar. One settlement on Tellar is Hurutam, home to The Brightness Press, which published Dvoriv B'bargalah's Title to the Truth: Orion Historiography and Its Ownership on stardate 3209.

In an early extraterrestrial observation, Tellar was surveyed by the Vulcan civilization's starship Yeht Fai-Tukh. In the late 24th century, Tellar's Federation Councillor is a Tellarite male named Bera chim Gleer. A few years earlier, Vagak Haggarak had that political position.

Bodies of Water
Tezran Ocean
Kasch Tev Ocean
Skavikic Sea
Krognician Sea
Sea of Shallas

New Kezoara

Geographic Features
Greggeth Mountains
Gallian Peninsula
Lilarzran Plains

Cities and Settlements
Igsmau Starport

Moons and Satellites Kera

Notable Locales
Chrerohs Spa
Valley of Thar

Tellarites are a suidian-humanoid species. They have black pupils set in deep eye sockets and large snouts. Tellarites are very hairy; besides having beards and large bushy hair, they also have coarse pinkish-brown skin. Tellarites prefer temperatures slightly above human standards.

Tellarites were warp-capable at least since the 20th century, but they only made contact with humans on March 21, 2153, by the Starfleet ship Enterprise NX-01. Although this encounter was rather hostile (a Tellarite bounty hunter kidnapped Captain Archer), the relations between humans and Tellarites apparently improved in the next few years until both species became founding members of the United Federation of Planets in 2161. A key moment in this process was an incident in 2154, when humans forced them to work together with their enemies the Andorians to prevent a Romulan attempt to destabilize the region. For the next several hundred years, Tellarites continued to be an important species in the Federation (although they were only rarely seen onscreen). By 2267, the Babel Conference, which included many Federation worlds including Tellar, was considering the fate of the disputed world Coridan, with its rich mining resources.

Gav, leader of the Tellarite delegation, made heated charges that other ambassadors were either hindering or actively seeking the Tellarites' removal of any say in the negotiations. He accused Vulcan ambassador Sarek of the most serious charges. Gav suddenly turned up in one of the Enterprise's Jefferies tubes, dead of an apparent Vulcan killing technique, snapping his neck. The subsequent investigation uncovered a plot by the notorious Orion species to break up the conference, frame Sarek for the killing of Gav, and claim Coridan by deception.

The Tellarites were described by Sarek in "Journey to Babel", as being argumentative, not to make a point, but simply to argue. Hailing from Tellar Prime, they built a trade empire for dozens of light-years around their homeworld, by both hard negotiation and combat. Despite a reputation for being tough and ruthless, the Tellarites were honor-bound in their business dealings.

In combat, however, despite local success, the Klingons of Deep Space Nine found them easy prey. During the 2373 Klingon-Federation conflict, one Klingon captain boasted of decapitating a Tellarite helmsman, saying of the victim "The pig barely had time to raise his weapon."

Tellarites are renowned for being rather direct and forceful in conversation, and are known to be so quarrelsome that arguing is a sport on their home planet, Tellar. They consider normal polite conversation to be a grave insult; it is recommended to be insulting and crude when speaking to a Tellarite. Because of their ability to argue, Tellarites make excellent politicians. They like taking muddy baths. However, Tellarites take great umbrage if compared to the habits of Terran swine, saying they in particular are not food.

As of 2153, the Tellarites had more advanced ships than Earth; even their smaller shuttlecraft can attain speeds of warp 4 (around 64 times the speed of light on the old warp scale). During the Babel Crisis episodes on Enterprise, it was stated by Ambassador Gral that the Tellarites were less advanced than the Andorians.

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