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Cestus III
Cestus III from orbit
Classification: Class M
Affiliation: United Federation of Planets
(member world)
Location: Cestus system,
Beta Quadrant
Dominant Species: Human, Gorn
Population: 28.6 human, 7.2 Million Gorn
Capital: Pike City

Cestus III was a planet near the border between the United Federation of Planets and the Gorn Hegemony.

Decipher lists the planet as being located in the Alpha Quadrant, whereas Star Trek: Star Charts lists the planet as being in the Beta Quadrant.

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History

Starfleet first discovered Cestus III in 2258 when it was charted by the USS Coronado. (Decipher: Worlds)

In 2267, the Federation established an outpost there, unaware of Gorn claims in that region of space. (TOS episode: "Arena") The outpost was destroyed by the Gorn in the Cestus III Massacre, and all personnel lost, despite the efforts of an accidental time traveler from the 24th century. The Federation could be forgiven for not knowing of the Gorn claim to the planet; it was situated on the edge of Gorn territory and little effort had been made to settle on its surface or substantiate a claim. (TNG novel: Requiem and Decipher: Worlds)

The Surface of Cestus III (2267)

Following intervention by the Metrons, the Gorn ceded Cestus III to the Federation. The planet became a thriving colony world over the course of the next century, with several cities springing up across the planet, including Pike City (the capital), Johnson City, Lakeside, New Chicago, Palombo, Port Shangri-La, and Prairieview, and eventually was elevated above its colony status to become a member in its own right. (TNG novel: A Time for War, A Time for Peace)

Many of the colonists, during the 23rd century, began to experiment with crossbreeding fruits from Earth with some of the local plants which ultimately resulted in the production of wines, liquers and other agricultural products which were unique to Cestus III. Attempts to trade with the Gorn or exploit the planet's mineral wealth met with limited success, although the economy was sufficiently diverse and productive enough for the colonists to produce all of their basic needs. The planet experienced a significant population explosion in 2370 when, following the formal end of the Cardassian Wars, Cestus III accepted a quarter-million people displaced by the establishment of the Demilitarized Zone. (TNG novel: A Time for War, A Time for Peace and Decipher: Worlds)

The old Earth sport baseball saw a renaissance on Cestus III in 2371, with the establishment of the Cestus Baseball League. (DS9 episode: "Family Business") The sport of marathon running also played an important role here. (New Worlds, New Civilizations short story: "The Footfalls of Tradition")

In 2374, the Gorn Hegemony faced a coup d'etat, and the rebellious warrior caste launched a surprise invasion of Cestus. Fortunately, the rebellion was short-lived, and Gorn forces withdrew to their own territory. (TNG comic: "The Gorn Crisis")

Emblem of the Pike City Pioneers baseball team.

In 2379, Cestus Governor Nanietta Bacco launched a successful campaign for the office of President of the United Federation of Planets, following the unexpected resignation of her predecessor, President Min Zife. Bacco was succeeded as Governor of Cestus III by former Lieutenant Governor Yrolla Gari.

President Bacco returned to Cestus III to throw out the first pitch of the 2380 Cestus Baseball League season. President Bacco was an avid follower of the Pike City Pioneers. (TNG novel: A Time for War, A Time for Peace; ST novel: Articles of the Federation)

Cestus III saw a significant influx of refugees following the Borg Invasion of 2381. It was also the destination of Kovlessa, a refugee vessel which falsely claimed to have been turned away at planet Zalda, sparking a brief diplomatic crisis between Zalda and the Federation. The USS Cheiron was dispatched to provide additional aid. (ST novel: A Singular Destiny)

Geography

Much of the planet's southern hemisphere was dominated by a large bowl-shaped continent which had a single mountain range, the Coronado Mountains, running along its middle. In the northern hemisphere, there were several island continents. Most settlements could be found on the coast of the large southern continent. (Decipher: Worlds)

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Ranges

  • Coronado Mountains
  • Ssoref Mountains

Settlements

Points of Interest

  • Shackleford Observatory
  • Moran Mining
  • Institute for Human-Gorn Relations

Natural History

The climate of Cestus III was often dry; however, temperatures around the equator rarely rose above 30 degrees celsius and what few storms the planet experienced were often mild and provided needed moisture. (Decipher: Worlds)

Greelaks were a reptilian species native to Cestus III. (TNG novel: Q & A)

Noted Cestians

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ST Expanded

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PLANET
Cestus III
Star system: Cestus
Class: M
Surface: Nominal

Cestus III was a planet near the border between the United Federation of Planets and the Gorn Hegemony. The USS Coronado discovered Cestus III in 2258. (TOS: "Arena"; Last Unicorn Games RPG: All Our Yesterdays)

In 2267, the Federation established an outpost there, unaware of Gorn claims in that region of space. The outpost was destroyed by the Gorn, with the loss of all personnel, despite the efforts of an accidental time traveler from the 24th century. (TOS: "Arena"; TNG novel: Requiem (TNG novel))

Following intervention by the Metrons, the Gorn ceded Cestus III to the Federation. The planet was resettled in 2271 and became a thriving colony world over the course of the next century, with several cities springing up across the planet, including Pike City (the capital), Johnson City, Lakeside, New Chicago, Palombo, Port Shangri-La, and Prairieville, and eventually was elevated above its colony status to become a Federation member in its own right. (Star Trek: Star Charts; TNG novel: Articles of the Federation)

Nathan Reed was born in Pike City on Cestus in 2346. His brother, Jordan, was born there in 2349. (Star Trek: Pendragon)

Timothy Sinclair visited Cestus III during his journey to Belle Terre aboard the SS Trailblazer in 2357. (Star Trek: Pendragon)

Cestus experienced a significant population explosion in 2370 when, following the formal end of the Cardassian Wars, Cestus III accepted a quarter-million people displaced by the establishment of the Demilitarized Zone. (TNG novel: A Time for War, A Time for Peace, Star Trek: Pendragon)

Emblem of the Pike City Pioneers baseball team.
Cestus Comets logo.

In 2371, a coup d'etat on the Gorn homeworld led the rebellious warrior caste to launch an invasion of Cestus. The rebellion was short-lived, however, and Gorn forces withdrew to their own territory. (TNG comic book: The Gorn Crisis)

The old Earth sport baseball saw a renaissance on Cestus III that same year, with the establishment of the Cestus Baseball League. (DS9: "Family Business")

In 2379, Cestus Governor Nanietta Bacco launched a successful campaign for the office of President of the United Federation of Planets, following the unexpected resignation of her predecessor, President Min Zife.

President Bacco returned to Cestus III to throw out the first pitch of the 2380 Cestus Baseball League season. President Bacco was an avid follower of the Pike City Pioneers. (A Time for War, A Time for Peace; Articles of the Federation)

In 2381, Starbase 140 spacedock was completed. (Star Trek Crusader)

In 2387, a huge shockwave caused massive damage on Starbase 140 and the Cestus IV Ship yards. Later they shipyards were moved to Cestus III. (Star Trek Crusader)

Alternate continuities

Star Trek: Pendragon

The Cestus system was first charted by Captain Christopher Pike of the starship Enterprise in the mid-2250s.

Cestus III was a major battlefield during the Federation-Gorn Conflict of the late 2370s. Gorn forces laid siege to the planet for six weeks before Starfleet was able to drive them off. (Star Trek: Pendragon)

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This article uses material from the "Cestus III" article on the ST Expanded wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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