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Janus VI was a Class F planet in the Janus system and home of the silicon-based Horta who named their world Shaul. Janus was a member of the United Federation of Planets. (ST reference: The Worlds of the Federation) The world was located in the Omega sector, along with the planet Vesbius. (TOS novel: Devil's Bargain)

The Horta were an extremely long lived species and the planet was home to no predator of the beings so Horta populations frequently became large. To make room for the next generations of Horta every 50,000 years all but one of the Horta died. That one Horta, the Prime Mother, then cared for the civilization’s eggs in the Vault of Tomorrow until they hatched and repopulated the planet. (DS9 novel: Devil in the Sky; TOS episode: "The Devil in the Dark")

By the 23rd century the planet was volcanically inactive. (TOS episode: "The Devil in the Dark")

Janus VI
The mines of Janus VI in 2267
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The planet was rich in minerals, including Pergium, a energy source for thousands of Federation worlds. This prompted the establishment of a mining outpost in the 2210s. At the time the Horta had entered a breeding cycle so their population only consisted of the Prime Mother, as a result the federation miners remained unaware of them until 2267. In that year new levels of the mines were opened and the miners unknowingly destroyed thousands of Horta eggs in the Vault of Tomorrow, mistaking them for nothing other than silicon nodules. The Horta began to sabotage the mining equipment and attack the miners in response. In three months fifty miners were killed and a distress signal was sent out. The USS Enterprise came to assist the planet and following a mind meld between Spock and the mother Horta the situation was eventually resolved with Horta and Federation personal agreeing to live and work side by side. (TOS episode: "The Devil in the Dark")

The Human-Horta mining alliance of Janus VI became one of the most productive and profitable operations in the know galaxy, sourcing raw ore and rare elements to the entire Federation. (DS9 novel: Devil in the Sky)

In 2270, Captain James T. Kirk returned to Janus VI to serve as a judge after the murder of a Horta. (FASA RPG module: Star Trek IV Sourcebook Update)

In the 2370s a granddaughter of one of Dax's hosts lived on Janus. (DS9 novel: Devil in the Sky)

Alternate universesEdit

In an alternate timeline, the Janus system was under the control of the Interstellar Coalition. (Star Trek: Myriad Universes novel: A Less Perfect Union)

This story makes reference to the trade opportunities with Janus V rather than Janus VI, and may be a typographical error.


planets of the Janus system
Janus IIIJanus VJanus VIJanus VIIJanus VIIIJanus X
planets visited by the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) during Captain Kirk's initial five-year mission (2265-2270)
various Aprilia IIICapory
2265 EarthDraxis IITallyAlpha Ortelina VIIArronus VIIAldebaran IIIM-155MestikoTallyDimorusTendarArchernar IVDelta Vega IMiri's homeworldStarbase 127348-IIrobot planetTimshelK-GZartaMetamorphaNumero UnoFP-1FP-2Voodoo planetGamma Alpha VStarbase 8 planetPollux IIDukarNeesanAlgenib II
2266 Beta IVRigel XIIPsi 2000Tlaoli IVAlpha Proxima IIAngiraExo III1324-IVCanaraNadorM-113Alfa 177Planet QBeneciaYkoTheta VII (Rell's world)Talos IVNumero UnoGateway
2267 Makus IIIBeta VIJanus VIOmicron Ceti IIIDenevaCeti Alpha VEminiar VIIBabelGamma Canaris 527Taurus IIHydra Epsilon IIIXimega IIPerseus Arm planetoidYkoSalvumGrotusRifas-LAmusement Park planetHeitius VIICentaurus VTyrtaeus IIGothosCestus IIIIron-silica planetZutotanium planetoidMuddEarthCanaraBeta IIIPyris VIIVulcanPollux IVArgelius IIHalkaBavaryaNeolithiaMythraCapella IVMagna RomaGamma Trianguli VISigma Iotia IIMasabaLekythosShroud IVTycho IVDonico IIRimilliaOrgania
2268 Narnel's WorldNeuralFornax IIGamma IITriskelionArgus XTycho IVTheta VIISigni BetaEarthDireidiEeiauoPatria ILeora IVAcademyDelta Canaris IVAlnath IIAmmdonMarcos XIIAmerindBeta XII-AElasTroyiusSigma Draconis VIEkosScalosGideon
2269 AnomalyExcalbiaAndrosPollux VAvalonCamus IITanisAleph PrimeKyrosVidenTheta Tau VAleph IIITrefolgMantillesMerak IIArdanaBabelOrganiaGateway
2270 Isitra ZeroGatewayMercanDenebiaPhylos IIAmusement Park planetMotherlodeMegas-TuTerratinSherman's PlanetArgoVedala asteroidDramia IIArretLactra VIIDelta Theta IIIArchernar IVCenotaphTaygeta VOkeanosYoondriAleriadMercanAritaniYalboSycoraxTalos IVEarthStarbase 12Tomarii

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