The Bolians were a humanoid race native to planet Bolarus IX.
They were distinguished by their blue skin with a vertical cartilaginous ridge bifurcating their heads and running the length of their bodies. A Bolian's pulse could be detected by feeling along their ridge. (DS9 novel: Avatar) Their cobalt-based blood chemistry is compatible with Andorians, but toxic to Vulcans.
The typical Bolian is gregarious, hardworking, and meticulous. Bolians enjoy cooperative work of all kinds; this can make them busybodies or (when the work isn't going well) worrywarts. When chips are down, however, you can always count on a Bolian—their self-lessness is legendary. (Decipher sourcebook: Starfleet Operations Manual)
Bolians work well in professions that privilege group cooperation and group effort; every branch of starship service suits their desire for teamwork and structure. Bolians also make good merchants, scientists, and soldiers. Bolians enjoy diplomacy and some of them are quite good at it. Bolian nationalists have occasionally joined criminal gangs such as the Orion Syndicate—they make good rogues in those cases. (Decipher sourcebook: Starfleet Operations Manual)
A Bolian can be married to a person of the same gender and a person of a different gender at the same time. Males who are married to males are known as co-husbands. (DS9 episode: "Field of Fire", TNG novel: The Buried Age)
Starfleet Academy was accepting Bolian cadets as early as the 2270s. (TOS novel: In the Name of Honor) A Bolian competed in the 2376 Academy Marathon on Danula II. (New Worlds, New Civilizations short story: "The Footfalls of Tradition")
Bolians' native wanderlust led them to explore and settle their planet early, shaking out into three superpowers after a few centuries of warfare. The three nations made first contact with a pair of warring planets, Iren and Uzor, whose rivalry nearly plunged Bolarus IX into global warfare. Fortunately, Federation explorers were able to defuse the situation, but Bolian natonal rivalries prevented them from gaining Federation membership unti 2320, after Bolian self-sacrifice, unity, and efficiency saved the people of Uzor from the collapse of their star. These traits, along with a ravenous appetite for work and learning, have stood them well as Federation members. (Decipher sourcebook: Starfleet Operations Manual)
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The Bolians are characterized by their blue skin, which can range in color from vivid to pale from person to person. Some areas are accented by a darker blue, such as ridges along the tops of the head. They also have a bifurcated ridge running vertically along their heads, and some Bolians had earlobes reaching further down their head than other species. Male Bolians do not have hair and most female Bolians are bald as well. The Bolians have blue blood. (TNG, DS9, VOY)
Sileon Thall and his followers attempted to persuade the Bolian government to ease the "cultural contamination" Bolian society was undergoing when Bolarus IX and the Federation started seriously talking about Federation membership. Sileon Thall and his followers either left or were expelled from Bolarus IX sometime between 2348 and when they founded New Bolarus around 2358. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions)
By the 24th century, the Bolians were associated with the Federation, with several officers serving in Starfleet in the 2360s and an active Federation ambassador by 2369. (TNG: "Conspiracy"; DS9: "The Forsaken")
Bolian territory was a hotbed between the Federation and the Dominion during the Dominion War. A front was established by the Starfleet Sixth Fleet in 2374 to prevent Dominion forces from taking the Bolarus system and outlying colonies. Starfleet developed a new strategy during the war on the Bolian front which was known as the Bolian Operation. (DS9: "Behind the Lines"; DS9: "The Reckoning"; DS9: "Penumbra")