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Coridan III
Coridan III, from orbit.
Classification: Class M
Affiliation: United Federation of Planets
(member - 2267)
Location: Coridan system,
Beta Quadrant
Dominant Species: Coridanites
Population: 185 million
Surface of Coridan

Coridan was a Class M planet in the Beta Quadrant around 54 Ori (Star Trek: Star Charts) and the capital world of the People's Republic of Coridan (Star Charts, ENT episode: "Shadows of P'Jem", ENT novel: The Good That Men Do, TOS episode: "Journey to Babel"). It was one of the worlds that drew up the charter for the Coalition of Planets in 2155, but withdrew from the alliance before it was signed.

Most of the population was concentrated in several cities in the equatorial region. The capital city was surrounded by a shantytown, and there were almost as many bio-signs outside the city as there were within it. In 2151, the Coridans had the largest starship construction yards in the sector. (ENT episode: "Shadows of P'Jem")

In the 2150s Coridan was a world in civil war and an important world in the Vulcan-Andorian Cold War of that era due to its immense deposits of dilithium. Due to its strategic importance, the Coridan government was backed by the Vulcans and the rebel forces by the Andorians. The Vulcans wanted a stable government to assure its dilithium exports to Vulcan. (ENT episode: "Shadows of P'Jem")

Coridan Prime, as the world was often called, was on the verge of developing Warp-7 technology in 2155. Fearing that such an advancement in technology would give the Coalition of Planets the upper hand in the conflict that was brewing between the Coalition and the Romulan Empire and to prevent such advances from spreading to other Coalition of Planets member worlds, the Romulan Star Empire launched a vicious attack on Coridan, flying a vessel into the planet at maximum warp. The explosion mixed with Coridan's abundance of dilithium, causing a fireball that spread across the planet, killing approximately half its population of three billion. The planet's surface was turned into an inferno of burning dilithium, consuming at least half of the planet's dilithium reserves and devastating its ecosystem for at least a century. Fearing further Romulan attacks, Coridan withdrew from the very Coalition it helped form.

The planet's population was further depleted by civil wars that continued after the Romulan attack. (ENT novel: The Good That Men Do) By 2267, Coridan's population was small, and the planet was somewhat underdeveloped. (TOS episode: "Journey to Babel")

By 2267, Coridan ( and from Sarek's reference to "planets" other worlds or colonies in the system/sector) had petitioned the United Federation of Planets for membership. The USS Enterprise was assigned to transport Federation delegates to the planet Babel, including Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan, who was intending to vote for Coridan's admission to the Federation. The Orions attempted to stop the Enterprise from reaching Babel, and Sarek suffered a heart attack during the journey. The Orions were prevented from interfering in the voyage of the Enterprise to Babel, and Doctor Leonard McCoy was able to successfully operate on Sarek. Sarek recovered sufficiently to speak during the following debates and vote for admission. Sarek was later credited with helping to bring Coridan into the Federation. (TOS episode: "Journey to Babel"; TNG episode: "Sarek")

In 2270, a number of dilithium crystal shipments from the planet were hijacked. (RPG reference: Margin of Profit)

FASA supplements claim Coridan is a Federation protectorate after the events of "Journey to Babel.". ICON RPG supplements further describe Coridan as cold dry, with a chronically corrupt government, written before the Vulcans involvement with the Chancellorship was written in Enterprise

Robin Lefler and her family lived on Coridan sometime prior to 2353. There, young Robin befriended a girl named LaShaundra. (NF short story: "Lefler's Logs")

During the Dominion War, a Dominion warship commanded by Gelnon planned an attack on Coridan's dilithium mines. (DS9 episode: "One Little Ship")

In 2376, Coridan began trading with Bajor. Asarem Wadeen believed the trade of dilithium would help usher in a new era of Bajoran colonization. (DS9 novel: Bajor: Fragments and Omens)

In 2381, Coridan Prime was amongst the core worlds of the United Federation of Planets targeted for extermination by the Borg Collective. After the invasion was over, Coridan lay in ruins. (ST - Destiny novel: Lost Souls)

Whether all life on Coridan was exterminated, as with Ramatis and Deneva, two other worlds listed in the same breath as laying in ruins, is unclear.



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