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Coridan was an inhabited Federation planet and homeworld of the Coridans, a warp-capable humanoid species. The planet was located in the Coridan system. The planetary government was headed by an elected chancellor.

The planet Coridan was rich in valuable resources, most significantly dilithium. (TOS: "Journey to Babel"; ENT: "Shadows of P'Jem"; DS9: "One Little Ship")

History Edit

Coridan capital city map

A 2151 map of the capital city of Coridan and its surrounding shanty towns

In 2151, Coridan had a population of three billion, with the majority living in several cities in the equatorial region. The capital city was surrounded by a shantytown, and there were almost as many bio-signs outside the city as there were within it. The planet was known for having the largest shipyards in its sector, building advanced warp-capable vessels, some of which were rumored to reach warp 7. However, the planet was also embroiled in an internal conflict between the government, backed by the Vulcan High Command, and rebel forces, secretely supported by the Andorian Empire. The Vulcan agenda was to keep the planet's chancellorship stable while the Tau Ceti Accords prohibited any Andorian presence on the planet, which in turn assured Coridan's dilithium exports to Vulcan. (ENT: "Shadows of P'Jem")

Chancellor Kalev invited Captain Jonathan Archer and Sub-Commander T'Pol of Enterprise to visit the planet, but they were captured by rebels and held for ransom. As a result, a commando force led by Sopek, the Vulcan senior officer of the sector, as well as the Andorian Imperial Guard, led by Shran, who was thereby violating the Tau Ceti Accords, came to assist the rescue. (ENT: "Shadows of P'Jem")

A year later, in 2152, Jonathan Archer, playing the role of a smuggler, claimed to have outrun a customs vessel near Coridan. (ENT: "Canamar")

In 2155, Coridan took part in talks on Earth to form a Coalition of Planets. Here, the Coridans rejected the Tellarite proposal of a trade embargo against the Orion Syndicate. The Coridan representative claimed his people had been trading with the Orions for centuries and that the accusation of Orions attacking Tellarite freighters was slander. (ENT: "Demons")

Over the next century, Coridan became under-populated to the point that it could not defend its dilithium mines.

In 2268, Coridan sought admission to the United Federation of Planets. However, due to the wealth of minerals available on Coridan and the presence of illegal mining operations, Coridan's admission was a controversial subject between Tellarites and Vulcans. The Babel Conference was convened to settle the matter and ultimately approved Coridan's admission, although Orion Smugglers initially tried to sabotage the meeting. Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan was credited with achieving the consensus towards admitting the planet to the Federation. (TOS: "Journey to Babel"; TNG: "Sarek")

Shortly before the start of the Dominion War, Kandra Vilk moved from Deep Space 9 to a neutral world near Coridan. (DS9: "In the Cards")

During the Dominion War, Coridan's dilithium mines came under attack by the Dominion in 2374, due to their strategic importance. Gelnon left Kudak'Etan in command of the USS Defiant while he and his ship left to launch an attack on Coridan. (DS9: "One Little Ship")


Background information Edit

"CORE-ah-don" was the pronunciation for this planet's name from the script pronunciation guide for "Sarek". [1]

In the final draft script for "Shadows of P'Jem", Coridan is described as having grey clouds and a "crystalline city."

In a deleted scene from Star Trek Into Darkness, a news feed announced that Magustav Pachangara became the new chancellor of Coridan. Information on this planet appeared in a powerwall in the office of Admiral Alexander Marcus. [2]

Accoriding to the Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 53) and the Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), Coridan (Coridan III) was a M-class planet in the Beta Quadrant. This planet was governed by The People's Republic of Coridan from its seat at New Coridan. The dominant species were the humanoid Coridans. The Coridans were warp-capable in 2093. In the mid-22nd century, there were three billion living on Coridan. By the mid-23rd century, a centuries-long civil war had reduced the population. In the late 24th century, there were 185 million living on Coridan.

Apocrypha Edit

In the non-canon novel The Good That Men Do, Coridan was referred to as "Coridan Prime", on the verge of developing warp-7 technology. To prevent such advances from spreading to other Coalition of Planets member worlds, the Romulans launched a vicious attack on Coridan, flying a vessel into the planet at maximum warp. Anti-matter from the suicide attackers' ship mixed with Coridan's abundance of dilithium, causing a fireball that spread across the planet, killing billions. The planet's population was said to be further depleted by civil wars that continued after the Romulan attack.

In Star Trek: The Original Series - Core Game Book, Coridan is described as a cold, dry, class-M world, with a chronically corrupt government, in the 2260s.

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