Janus VI was a Class F planet in the Janus system, somewhere in the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrants. Janus VI was the homeworld of the silicon-based Horta who named their world Shaul.

History and specificsEdit

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.

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)

Maxwell's chart

Janus VI shown on a deployment star chart image.

On star charts, this world could be seen to be in the vicinity of Alpha Caranae, Theta Mees, Altair III, Antares and Beta Simmons. (TNG episodes: "The Wounded", "Yesterday's Enterprise", TNG reference: The Continuing Mission)

In the 2360s decade, this location was noted on a star chart showing deployment of Federation and Cardassian Union ships displayed in Captain Benjamin Maxwell's ready room aboard the starship USS Phoenix. (TNG episode: "The Wounded")

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

Alternate realitiesEdit

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.
Tactical situation monitor

Janus VI shown on a tactical situation monitor image.

On a 24th century viewscreen display of a tactical situation monitor in an alternate timeline where the Klingon Empire was at war with the United Federation of Planets in the year 2366, Janus VI was listed on a star chart showing Klingon allied forces in relation to Federation positions. (TNG episode: "Yesterday's Enterprise", TNG reference: The Continuing Mission)




planets of the Janus system
Janus IIIJanus VJanus VI (Altar of TomorrowGeopolis) • Janus VIIJanus VIIIJanus X
planets visited by the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) during Captain Kirk's initial five-year mission (2265-2270)
various Aprilia IIICaporyGarrus
2265 EarthDraxis IITallyAlpha Ortelina VIIArronus VIIAldebaran IIIM-155MestikoDimorusTendarArchernar IVDelta Vega IMiri's homeworldStarbase 127348-IIrobot planetTimshelK-GZartaMetamorphaNumero UnoMortiInicrustVoodoo planetGamma Alpha VStarbase 8 planetPollux IIDukarNeesanAlgenib II
2266 Beta IVRigel XIIPsi 2000Tlaoli IVAlpha Proxima IIAngiraBeta CarinaeExo 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 IIINisusIron-silica planetZutotanium planetoidMuddEarthCanaraBeta IIIPyris VIIVulcanGamma XaridianPollux IVArgelius IIHalkaBavaryaNeolithiaMythraCapella IVGamma 400Magna RomaGamma Trianguli VISigma Iotia IIMasabaLekythosTyrtaeus IIShroud IVTycho IVDonico IIRimilliaOrgania
2268 Narnel's WorldNeuralAlpha Malurian VIBeta Canzadia IIIFornax IIGamma IITriskelionArgus XTycho IVTheta VIISigni BetaEarthPegasus IVCareta VDireidiEeiauoPatria IExo IIIT'nufoTranquility VIILeora IVAcademyDelta Canaris IVTautee star systemAmmdonMarcos XIIOctavius IVBeta CabriniAmerindBeta XII-AElasTroyiusSigma Draconis VIEkosScalosGideonBrellian IVPrastorDistrel
2269 MercanAnomalyEdenHolberg 917GSarpeidonExcalbiaAndrosPollux VAvalonCamus IIAragosTanisAleph PrimeKyrosBeta CastelliHeloxUnnamed Hoshan planetsChrellkan IIIChrellkan IVVidenDengella IIAlnath IISanctuaryMemory PrimeEphrata IVGelladorn/R-775 IVelat Nol/R-836 IITheta Tau VTalin IVAleph IIIBoaco VITrefolgMantillesMerak IIArdanaBabelOrganiaGatewayMaltos IV
2270 Isitra ZeroGatewayMercanDenebiaPhylos IIBeta Omicron Delta IIIMotherlodeMegas-TuTerratinSherman's PlanetArgoVedala asteroidDramia IIArretLactra VIIDelta Theta IIIArchernar IVCenotaphTaygeta VOkeanosElcidar Beta IIIYoondriAleriadAritaniYalboSycoraxTalos IVPillagra/R-855 IIIR-855EarthStarbase 12Tomarii


Janus VI was not mentioned in canon after TOS, but as a homage was listed on the "Conspiracy" explored galaxy map and the "Yesterday's Enterprise" alternate timeline tactical situation monitor showing progress of the Klingon war with the Federation, and a later re-use of this chart in "The Wounded".


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