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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")
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)
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")
- This story makes reference to the trade opportunities with Janus V rather than Janus VI, and may be a typographical error.
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 III • Janus V • Janus VI (Altar of Tomorrow • Geopolis) • Janus VII • Janus VIII • Janus X|
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".
- TNG episode: "The Wounded"
- TNG episode: "Yesterday's Enterprise"
- TNG reference: The Continuing Mission