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They worshiped a machine, Landru, created by a philosopher named Landru circa 4286 BC, when war threatened to destroy all life on the planet. Landru created "the Body", similar to a hive mind. After the machine, Landru, was destroyed, a team of sociologists was left behind to give the culture a "more Human form". In 2267, the population numbered in the millions. (TOS: "The Return of the Archons")