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He lived during the Cardassian First Republic, although he was censored and later exiled from Cardassia, leaving the planet on one of the few visiting trading ships, and eventually came to live on Vulcan. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Uncertain Logic)
Tobin Dax met Iloja during his exile in the year 2165 while both were houseguests of Skon and T'Rama, noting he had quite a temper. This encounter would inspire later hosts of Dax to take an interest in Iloja's work, with Jadzia Dax considering him to be her favorite Cardassian writer. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Uncertain Logic, DS9 episode: "Destiny")
Iloja was quoted to say "Worlds turn by politics as they surely do by gravity." This was based on the fact that Iloja believed that the evolution of the sentient mind was a way for the universe to understand itself. Therefore, no understanding of the universe could be complete without understanding sentient behavior. This quote originated from the fact that Iloja was speaking of Cardassian expatriate as he had come from a world where politics was a fundamental force as any found in nature. He also considered the possibility that his observation may not have been exclusive to his particular circumstances but might have been applicable universally. He was noted as a serialist poet but before his exile, he was known to be an astronomer and a natural philosopher. As such, he believed that one's vantage point often affected their observation and understanding of the universe. A different point of view can lead to a different point of understanding or a deeper one. Iloja's work was known by Cadet Zurin Dakal who explained the quote to some members of the USS Titan's crew. (TTN novel: Taking Wing)