Iconia was a formerly inhabited planet. In the distant past, this was the homeworld of the presumed extinct Iconian species, located in what was, in the 24th century, the Romulan Neutral Zone. The planet was devastated by a massive orbital bombardment approximately 200,000 years ago. The Iconians were believed to have been annihilated, although a part of the population may have escaped through their gateways. By the 24th century, the planet had one working automated structure which launched probes at orbiting ships.
The precise location of Iconia was lost to history until 2365, when an artifact bearing an ancient starmap was discovered in an archaeological dig on Denius III. From there, Captain Donald Varley of the Federation starship USS Yamato was able to locate Iconia, and chose to violate the Neutral Zone to reach the planet so as to prevent Iconian technology from falling into Romulan hands. After the Yamato was destroyed by an Iconian software transmission, the USS Enterprise-D and the Romulan warbird Haakona both traveled to Iconia, where Captain Jean-Luc Picard had the last operational structure on the surface destroyed. (TNG: "Contagion")