Dorvan V was the inhabited fifth planet in its star system. This system, located within the Dorvan sector, was in the Alpha Quadrant. During the Federation-Cardassian War, this planet was hotly disputed by the Cardassians.

In 2350, a group of Native Americans from Earth settled on Dorvan V, having searched for a new home since 2170. The settlers were worried about losing their traditional culture on an increasingly culturally-homogeneous Earth, and this was the main reason for their quest. As a result, in the 24th century, the population still lived much like their ancestors did many centuries before.

The world was part of the Federation until 2370, when it was placed under Cardassian rule by the Federation-Cardassian Treaty. The Federation, worried about the well-being of the settlers under Cardassian jurisdiction, sent the USS Enterprise-D to try to convince them to relocate. However they chose to stay, citing a spiritual bond with the place. A resolution to the conflict was reached when the colonists renounced Federation citizenship and agreed to be governed by the Cardassian government. (TNG: "Journey's End")

The producers of Star Trek: Voyager originally intended Dorvan V to be Chakotay's homeworld. (Star Trek Monthly issue 4, p. 55) Although this idea was not established during Voyager's run, the Voyager relaunch novels state that Chakotay and his family were native to Dorvan V. "Tattoo" established Chakotay's colony to have been established centuries ago, which does not appear to be consistent with the settlement date of 2350 given for Dorvan in "Journey's End".
According to the Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 47), the Dorvan system was located in or near Cardassian space, in the Alpha Quadrant. It was a binary star system, and the primary was a class G star with a magnitude of +3, which was ten times brighter than Sol. The secondary was a class K star.
The Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 216) classified Dorvan V as a class M planet.

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