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Betazed was an inhabited Federation planet. This was the homeworld of the warp-capable humanoid Betazoids.

Overview Edit

Betazed was an important member world of the United Federation of Planets and its society had matriarchal elements. The Betazed Federation ambassador during the 2360s and '70s was Lwaxana Troi, daughter of the Fifth House, holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed. (TNG: "Angel One", "Manhunt", DS9: "The Forsaken") Betazed depended on Starfleet for protection as its planetary defenses, in the opinion of Captain Benjamin Sisko, the CO of Deep Space 9, were ...obsolete and undermanned. (DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight")

In 2364, Counselor Deanna Troi, of the USS Enterprise-D, took a shuttle from Starbase G-6 to her homeworld. (TNG: "Hide and Q")

On its way to Kaelon II, the Enterprise-D passed fairly close to Betazed in late 2367, enabling Lwaxana Troi to visit the ship. (TNG: "Half a Life")

Deep Space 9 was quite far from Betazed, although a transport from the station often left for the planet. (DS9: "The Muse")

Vash was unwelcome (persona non grata in Q's words) on Betazed. (DS9: "Q-Less")

The University of Betazed was located on Betazed. (TNG: "Tin Man", "Ménage à Troi", "Qpid")

In 2371, the location of Betazed was labeled in the star chart Data and Picard were studying in stellar cartography aboard the USS Enterprise-D. (Star Trek Generations, display graphic)

History Edit

Betazed garden

A Betazed garden

Betazed took part at the Pacifica conference in 2365 and hosted the biennial Trade Agreements Conference in the following year. (TNG: "Manhunt", "Ménage à Troi")

During the Dominion War in 2374, Betazed was occupied by Dominion invasion forces. The Federation Tenth Fleet had been assigned to defend Betazed and its outlying colonies, but was caught out of position on a training exercise. The obsolete Planetary defense system was overwhelmed in the Battle of Betazed. As a result, Betazed fell to the Dominion within ten hours. Once Betazed had been captured, other worlds nearby, including Vulcan, Tellar, Alpha Centauri, and Andor were at risk of Dominion invasion. (DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight")

Dominion forces occupied the surface of the planet. Towards the end of the year, in a single month, the Second Fleet attempted on three separate occasions to hit those forces, but was repulsed each time. After each strike, the Dominion was able to send in reinforcements and refortified their positions on the planet. (DS9: "The Sound of Her Voice")

In an early revision of the final draft script of "Extreme Measures" (when the episode was titled "Night Tremors"), Betazed was referred to as a subject of surveillance by Section 31 as of 2375, with multiple Section 31 operatives serving there. Evidently, this was ultimately rewritten as a reference to Qo'noS instead, however.

Betazed was eventually freed from Dominion control. In 2379, Riker and Troi planned to have a wedding ceremony on this planet. (Star Trek Nemesis)

See also Edit

Geography Edit

Betazed, near Lake El'nar

The surface of Betazed near Lake El-Nar

Betazed was consistently described as a lush, beautiful world. The planet's climate varied from dense jungles to wide canyons and cliffs. Many of the major continents were dotted with lakes.

Land features and formations Edit

Janaran Falls

A carving of the Janaran Falls

Botanical Edit

Appendices Edit

References Edit

Background informationEdit

According to the script for "Q-Less", the pronunciation for Betazed was "BAY-tuh-zed". [1]

The original non-remastered planet model for Betazed was first used for Mintaka III in TNG: "Who Watches The Watchers". It was later used for Barkon IV in TNG: "Thine Own Self".

According to Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 33), Betazed was the fifth planet in the Betazed (Beta Zeta) system. The official name of the government was the Fifth House of Betazed, which governed this planet from the capital city of Rixx. Betazed was admitted into the United Federation of Planets in 2273. As reported in the census of 2370, the planet was populated with 1.3 billion Betazoids living there. Betazoids had been warp-capable since antiquity. Major attractions on this world included Lake Cataria, Janaran Falls, and the University of Betazed. The system was named by the 21st century Human John Burke, chief astronomer of the Royal Academy.

According to Star Trek: Star Charts (pp. 36 & 48) and Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), the Betazed (Beta Zeta) system was located in the Alpha Quadrant. The primary was a G-class star. In October 2374, the Dominion won the Battle of Betazed and claimed the system. (Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Stellar Cartography" p. 41; "The Dominion War: Strategy and Battles, 2373-75") placed this event in September 2375.)

According to The Worlds of the Federation, Betazed was the fifth planet in the Beta Veldonna system. Its natives call it Cyndriel.

According to the Star Trek: The Next Generation First Year Sourcebook, Betazed is the second planet in the Beta system.

According to Planets of the UFP, Betazed is the second planet in the Betazed system. Its capital city is Medara.

According to the Worlds sourcebook, Betazed is the third planet in its system.

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 44), Betazed was a class M planet.

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