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He was a member of Starfleet in the early part of his life, eventually rising to the rank of captain. He took command of the USS Asimov in 2255 for its first voyage with him as captain. He is remembered for discovering more class M planets then any other starship captain in the 23rd century. (Last Unicorn RPG module: All Our Yesterdays: The Time Travel Sourcebook)
Following the end of his Starfleet career, he was appointed to the Federation Supreme Court. After several years on the court, he ran for President of the United Federation of Planets, and was successfully elected.
At age eight, Jean-Luc Picard took a school trip to the Palais de la Concorde, and had looked forward to meeting President Laikan. Unfortunately, Laikan was vacationing on Alpha Centauri at the time, and the class was instead received by Laikan's Denobulan chief of staff. (TNG - Slings and Arrows eBook: Enterprises of Great Pitch and Moment)
- The story of Picard's school trip is repeated in the Star Trek: Myriad Universes novel A Gutted World.
- Slings and Arrows confirms Laikan was in office as of 2313, and was Thelian's immediate predecessor.
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