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Nelvana III
Nelvana III.jpg

Nelvana III from orbit

Type: Planet
Native Species: None
Location: Nelvana system
Romulan Neutral Zone
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Long-range planetary sensor composite of Nelvana III

Nelvana system scan

Intelligence scan of the Nelvana system

Nelvana III was the uninhabited third planet of the Nelvana planetary system. This system was located in the Romulan Neutral Zone. Its surface was nothing but barren rock, with no native lifeforms. During the 2360s, the planet was located within attack range of fifteen Federation sectors.

In 2366, Nelvana III was the subject of an elaborate ruse perpetrated by the Romulans to expose Admiral Alidar Jarok as a traitor and to provoke the Federation into violating the Neutral Zone.

Through deliberate misinformation, Jarok was led to believe that the Romulans had established a cloaked base on Nelvana III in preparation for a preemptive strike against the Federation. Faced with the prospect of war, Jarok defected to the USS Enterprise-D to warn them of the attack. To enhance the deception, the Romulans placed a probe in orbit of Nelvana III that emitted low-level subspace signals.

However, when the Enterprise-D arrived in orbit, there were no indications of a base at all. The Federation starship was able to perform several scans of the planet, including for artificially-generated power, subspace restriction, gravimetric perturbation, and virtual interferometry and was also looking for reflected pattern return, EM emissions, microwave enhancement, low level gamma imaging, and background radiation, all with a negative results.

The Romulans de-cloaked and revealed the trap, but the Enterprise was able to withdraw thanks to hidden Klingon reinforcements. (TNG: "The Defector")

Nelvana III was named for the Canadian animation studio, Nelvana Limited. (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion)
While the planet was uninhabited by the 24th century, that might not always have been the case, as at one point in the episode the Romulans claimed to be doing archaeological research on the planet.
According to the Star Trek: Star Charts (pg. 66), the Nelvana system was located in or near the Romulan Neutral Zone, in the Beta Quadrant. This system was a single star system. Primary was a Class M star with a magnitude of +7, which was 1/10 as bright as Sol.

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