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Beta III
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Beta III from orbit

Type: Planet
Native Species: Beta III natives
Location: C-111 system
Affiliation: United Federation of Planets

Beta III was an inhabited planet. This was the homeworld of the Beta III natives, a pre-warp capable humanoid species. It was the third planet of the C-111 planetary system. The planet was affiliated with the United Federation of Planets after Landru was destroyed in 2267.

About 6,000 years ago, a leader and philosopher named Landru became deeply concerned that the wars raging on Beta III would destroy all life there. To solve the problem, he built an extremely sophisticated computer, also called Landru. Landru absorbed the members of Betan society, eventually exerting absolute control over the thoughts and feelings of the entire planetary population. Landru eliminated hate, fear, and conflict, put an end to war, disease, and crime. But Landru also eliminated the soul of the civilization. The people moved through their lives in a blissful daze – and nothing changed for almost 6,000 years.

In 2167, the Archon visited Beta III, and her crew encountered Landru. Many were absorbed into Betan society; many more were killed, and the ship itself was destroyed.

A hundred years later, the USS Enterprise visited in search of clues to the Archon's disappearance. She, too, was threatened by Landru. Captain James T. Kirk confronted Landru, and convinced it that it was harming the very society it was programmed to protect. Unable to resolve this paradox, Landru destroyed itself, leaving the citizens of Beta III free to govern their own affairs. The Enterprise left a team of sociologists and other experts behind to help them return their society "to a more Human form." (TOS: "The Return of the Archons")

Presumably, Beta III was located in the Alpha Quadrant.
Strangely enough, this planet had a twelve-hour clock with Arabic numbers. This may be the influence of the Archons on the Beta III Culture. It was unknown if the day was divided into 12 or 24 time units. If you look at the shadows, it would appear to be a twelve-hour day.

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