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Planet of origin: Bajor
Affiliation: United Federation of Planets
Warp capable: 2328
Biology
Classification: Humanoid
Environmental requirements: Class M conditions
Sexes: Male and Female
Telepathic abilities: None displayed
Distinctive Features:
Ridges on nose

Emblem of the Republic of Bajor

Bajorans are a deeply spiritual people from the planet Bajor, also sometimes referred to as the Bajora. (DS9 novelization: Emissary, and TNG episode: "Ensign Ro")

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Physiology

The Bajoran species are similar in appearance to most Humanoids in terms of average height, weight as well as build. Their skin color as well as hair and eye color variations match those of Humans. The most distinctive feature among the Bajoran people are their nose ridges which is the only notable physical feature that is noted in their appearance. (ST reference: Aliens) The males also have ridges on their reproductive organs. (Star Trek: Titan novel: The Red King)

Medical Conditions

History

Main timeline

Bajoran history is one of the oldest in recorded history and goes back 30,000 with it being divided in at least four ages. (ST reference: Aliens) During their early history, the Bajora ethnic group dominated the other nations on Bajor on a cultural and economic basis. This would be the reason why the Bajoran people would refer to themselves as the Bajora.

One of the earliest known governments that the Bajoran people had formed was the Old Bajoran Republic. During this time, the early Bajoran people encountered and battle the non-humanoid species known as the Vorel. At this age, the Old Bajoran Republic stretched as far as the Tarvo system. (TNG short story: "The Naked Truth") Certain manuscripts survived that dated from the time of the Bajoran First Republic. (DS9 episode: "Explorers")

By the 22nd century, the Bajoran race had established the Second Republic which was at its height and was when they ventured into space in their primitive solar-sailing lightships which were capable of reaching as far as Cardassia Prime. (ST reference: Aliens) At some point in this early period, the Bajoran people managed several colony worlds which included B'hal Ta. (DS9 novel: Millennium: The Fall of Terok Nor)

After the decades that followed, the Bajoran people were suffering from an unknown problem. It was at this point that the Cardassian's approached their people and offered to help them which resulted in the first contact between the two species. While they initialy came to help Bajor, over the next 20 years their presence gradually changed becoming a much more oppressive. Eventually, after 20 years, the Cardassian Union officially annexed the planet and began the Occupation of Bajor. This would be a brutal period for the people of Bajor who were enslaved while their world was raped in order to produce the necessary resources for Cardassian society. This harsh period would see the rise of the Bajoran Resistance that began striking against the Union over the years and their tyrannical oppressors began to slowly grow weary after the wave after wave of constant attacks until they eventually decided to relinquish control of the ruined world. From the aftermath, the Bajoran Provisional Government was formed and sought aid from the Federation who established a presence at Terok Nor, now renamed Deep Space 9. While recovering, the newly freed Bajorans discovered the Celestial Temple and would attempt to recover from the horrors of their past until the start of the Dominion War.(ST reference: Aliens)

Alternate timelines

In one alternate future reality where the Red Orbs of Jalbador were uncovered, the Bajoran people began to follow the True Prophets of the Red Wormhole and began the War of the Prophets. They reformed their government into the Bajoran Ascendancy and were being led by Kai Weyoun. (DS9 novel: The War of the Prophets)

Culture

Beliefs

Bajorans are a highly religious people with their faith revolving around the dimensional entities that occupy the Celestial Temple, known a the Bajoran wormhole to others, who are known as the Prophets. The alien race were considered gods by the people of Bajor and believed that they watched over them as well as communicated to them through prophecies that were determined through comets and the eight mysterious Tears of the Prophets. Scientists would state that the Prophets were simply alien entities that resided within a wormhole, however, such a scientific approach has little affect on the bulk of Bajoran society.

This meant that Bajoran religion engulfed their entire society with even those that rejected the faith being able to quote from the Sacred Texts. In addition to this, most Bajorans believe that they possess a lifeforce known as a Pagh with some believing that those who follow the paths dictated in the Texts will possess pure pagh. In contrast, those who turn away from the Prophets and live selfish lives have their pagh become dark as well as corrupt. Its known that some Bajoran mystics are capable of sensing the pagh of a person by close contact with the person. (ST reference: Aliens)

Certain fringe groups began to develop such as the Ohalavaru who did not believe that the Prophets were not gods but in fact aliens who served as teachers. This group would be considered heretics by the majority of orthodox Bajoran believers. (DS9 novel: Unity)

Even more heretical groups consisted of the Cult of the Pah-wraiths who were considered followers of evil gods that would destroy Bajor. These followers themselves were divided in their worship between the Pah-wraiths of Jalbador and the Pah-wraiths of the Fire Caves. (DS9 novel: Millennium)

Ceremonies

Family

Behavior

Originally, the Bajoran race were a pastoral people who lived simple farmer lives while others sought artistic pursuits from folk art to music or story telling. Such pursuits help derive personal satisfaction by such actions. The species have had little interest in the rest of the Galaxy as they focused on being contemplative as they were quite an introverted people despite 30,000 years of history. In all that time, there has been very little development within their culture, remaining almost static for centuries. The typical Bajoran simply wanted to go about their business in peace and expected the same from others. They are indifferent towards alien species, neither liking nor disliking them but remaining friendly to them - this attitude has somewhat remained despite the oppression they faced from the Cardassians.

The biggest changes within the Bajoran mind was brought through the harsh brutality the Cardassians brought about the race during the Occupation of Bajor. In order to gain freedom through any means necessary, the people of Bajor began to resort to assassinations, terrorist attacks and other similar actions in order to remove the alien influence from their world. These harsh lessons turned many Bajorans into ruthless fighters with many becoming scarred after the conflict from seeing the horrors they saw such as friends dying in battle. Others become pugnacious and chauvinistic after the Occupation with suspicion being placed on those who did not fight the Cardassian occupiers. This has also resulted in a great deal of paranoia in regards to outsiders. (ST reference: Aliens)

Their life among the Cardassians made the Bajorans see that certain members of their kind believed that one had to sacrifice their comrades in order for the rest of their people to survive. (TNG novel: Requiem)

One noted aspect of Bajoran society that has disappeared after the Occupation was the caste based sysem they used to subscribe to as recently as the 22nd century. These were known as D'jarras with a family's caste determining their profession in life as well as placed a restriction on their pursuits.(DS9 episode: "Accession") Under the social rules at the time, Bajorans of certan D'jarra's were forbidden from interacting with one of a lesser D'jarra. The entire system was abolished by the year 2328 as all Bajorans were required to fight off the Cardassians regardless of which caste they belonged to. (ST reference: Aliens)

Recreation

Foods and drink

Connections


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