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Bajor from orbit

Class: M
Type: Planet
Satellites: Derna
3 unnamed moons
Native Species: Bajoran
Location: Bajoran system
Bajor sector
Alpha Quadrant
Affiliation: Bajoran Provisional Government (Independent / United Federation of Planets non-member ally)
Formerly Bajoran Occupational Government (Cardassian Union puppet state)

The surface of Bajor

Bajor was the M-class eleventh planet of the Bajoran system in the Alpha Quadrant. It had five moons, including Derna and Jeraddo, and was the homeworld of the Bajorans, a warp capable humanoid species. After decades of Cardassian rule, the planet regained its independence and became affiliated with the United Federation of Planets in 2369.


See also: Bajoran history

Early history


Icon painting of the ancient Bajoran city of B'hala

Bajor was the homeworld of the Bajorans, one of the oldest civilizations in the Alpha Quadrant which began to flourish about half a million years ago and undertook its first interstellar flights around the 16th century. (TNG: "Ensign Ro"; DS9: "Explorers")

Cardassian occupation and recovery

From about 2319 to 2369, Bajor was occupied by the Cardassian Union. During this time, the Cardassians not only decimated the Bajoran population and destroyed large parts of its infrastructure, but also poisoned several areas of the planet in order to compromise the food supply after their withdrawal. Affected regions included the Dahkur and Rakantha Provinces as well as the Northwest peninsula. Following the occupation, the Provisional Government took steps to revitalize the planet's agricultural sector, such as using special grain processing centers and irrigating the Trilar Peninsula. In 2371, the Bajoran Agricultural Ministry developed soil reclamators that could detoxify the soil, but their number was limited, causing quarrels about their usage. (DS9: "Dramatis Personae", "Shakaar", "Sanctuary")

The Federation also assisted in reclaiming the planet's full natural potential, e.g. in 2369, when the USS Enterprise-D assisted in the reconstruction of the Bajoran aqueduct system. (TNG: "Birthright, Part I") Later measures included conducting an agrobiology expedition to the Janitza Mountains in 2371 during which it was discovered that the ecosystem was much more diverse than the orbital scans had indicated. (DS9: "The House of Quark", "Fascination") Signs of progress in healing Bajor's wounds included the opening of a new nature reserve in Hedrikspool Province in 2370 and the fruitful Katterpod season of 2373. (DS9: "Shadowplay", "Rapture")

Political structure

During the occupation, the Cardassians installed a puppet regime called the Bajoran Occupational Government. Following their withdrawal from Bajor in 2369, a Provisional Government was established which consisted of Ministers who were organized in the Bajoran Council, the Board of Ministers, the Chamber of Ministers and the Council of Ministers. (DS9: "Emissary", "The Collaborator", "Dramatis Personae", "The Alternate", "The Homecoming", and more) Some Bajoran organizations like the Kohn-Ma or the Alliance for Global Unity also criticised or even openly opposed the Provisional Government. (DS9: "Past Prologue", "In the Hands of the Prophets", "The Homecoming", "The Circle", "The Siege")

The planet was also further divided into different Provinces. Additionally, nation-like factions, e.g., the Paqu and the Navot, continued to exist on Bajor after the occupation and maintained clearly defined borders between each other. (DS9: "The Storyteller", "Shakaar", "What You Leave Behind" et al.)

Although Bajor maintained a secular government, religious leadership personified by the Kai as the head of the Vedek Assembly was also an important aspect of social cohesion on Bajor and, thus, also held great political influence. (DS9: "Emissary", "In the Hands of the Prophets", "Shakaar" et al.)


Carraya IV surface

Faren Kag's village amidst a Bajoran jungle



City on Bajor

Internment centers

Points of interest




The Fire Caves on Bajor in 2375

Bajoran painting, Captive Pursuit

A painting of a Bajoran landscape


The oceans of Bajor have a greenish tint when seen from space. (DS9: "Past Tense, Part I")



The Kendra Province on Bajor in 2375


Parallel universes and alternate timelines

Terok Nor orbiting Bajor

Terok Nor orbiting Bajor in the mirror universe

In the mirror universe, Bajor was occupied by the Terran Empire before being liberated by the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. Following the end of the occupation, Bajor petitioned the Alliance for membership, was accepted, and ultimately became an influential member world. The space station Terok Nor orbited Bajor.

In 2370, the Intendant of Bajor was Kira Nerys. (DS9: "Crossover")



Background Information

  • According to the script for "Emissary", the pronunciation for Bajor was "BAY-jor". [1]
  • In the pre-production stages of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine the writers worked on the idea of a starbase on the surface of Bajor, before deciding to set the series aboard a space station.
  • Robert Hewitt Wolfe, and later Bradley Thompson, made and continually updated a map of Bajor which featured the places mentioned in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)
  • Bajor may have a 26 hour day, according to various mentions throughout the series and at the database for places [2]. This was never fully confirmed.
  • According to Star Trek: Star Charts (pages 34, 42-43, 46), Bajor was the seventh planet in the Bajoran system. The planet's government was named the "Third Republic of Bajor", and the planetary capitals of this planet were based in the cities of Dahkur and Sahving. 3.8 billion Bajorans lived on Bajor in 2378. The Bajorans have been warp capable since 2328, and their first interstellar flight was in 1571. Bajor was admitted into the Federation in 2374, but the process was not ratified. Bajor was listed as having five moons, and, in the system map, the five moons are depicted in orbit about the planet. The Bajor system was a single star system. Primary was a Class G star with a magnitude of +5, which was the same brightness as Sol.
  • In a personnel file displayed for Ro Laren in "Conundrum", her place of birth was listed as "Bajora". This term was also used to refer to the Bajorans as a race in "Ensign Ro" and some early episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.


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