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Iconia from orbit

Type: Planet
Native Species: Iconian (extinct)
Location: Romulan Neutral Zone
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The surface of Iconia

Iconia was an uninhabited planet. In the distant past, this was the homeworld of the extinct Iconian civilization, located in what was now 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.

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 IRW Haakona both traveled to Iconia, where Captain Jean-Luc Picard had the last operational structure on the surface destroyed. (TNG: "Contagion")

In 2372, Worf told the crew of the USS Defiant of the events that had taken place on Iconia. (DS9: "To the Death")

The surface of Iconia was a matte painting designed by visual effects supervisor Dan Curry. The Iconian control building, a model used as part of the painting, was designed by Mike Okuda, based on two swimming pool filter covers and part of the Star Trek: The Motion Picture drydock model. (Star Trek Encyclopedia)
The planet model first used here for Iconia would later be used for Cor Caroli V ("Allegiance").
According to the Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 63) and the Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), Iconia was located in the Iconia star system. The primary was a M-class star.

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