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Cestus III was the third planet of the Cestus system, near the border between the United Federation of Planets and the Gorn Hegemony. It was known to the Gorn as Inner Eliar. The system was 400 light-years from Sol and about 35 light-years, in a spinward direction, from the Delta Triangle. (TOS: "Arena", Star Trek: Typhon Pact novel: Seize the Fire, Star Trek Star Charts)

HistoryEdit

23rd centuryEdit

The USS Coronado discovered Cestus III in 2258. (Last Unicorn Games RPG: All Our Yesterdays)

In 2265, the Federation established an outpost (one of its most farflung) on Cestus III, unaware of Gorn claims in that region of space. The outpost was destroyed by the Gorn in 2267, with the loss of all personnel, despite the efforts of an accidental time traveler from the 24th century. (Star Trek: Star Charts, TOS: "Arena", TNG novel: Requiem)

Dr. Mark Castanaveras was born on Cestus III in 2263, but he and his parents moved to Earth when he was a few months old, leaving behind several relatives who were killed during the attack. His bias against the Gorn would inform his thinking for years to come. (Star Trek: Malverne: "Tales of the Kobayashi Maru: J'rrreshar's Story")

Following intervention by the Metrons, the Gorn ceded Cestus III to the Federation. The planet was resettled in 2271 and became a thriving colony world over the course of the next century, with several cities springing up across the planet, including Pike City (the capital), Johnson City, Lakeside, New Chicago, Palombo, Port Shangri-La, and Prairieville, and eventually was elevated above its colony status to become a Federation member in its own right. (Star Trek: Star Charts; TNG novel: Articles of the Federation)

Daria Benteen was born in Piketown (later Pike City) in 2272. She was one of the first babies born in the resettled colony. (Star Trek: Shadowstar Station: “Pomp and Circumstantial Evidence")

24th centuryEdit

Miranda Kadohata, future Enterprise-E operations manager, was a native of Cestus III and would later take maternity leave on her homeworld sometime in the late 2370s. (TNG novels: Q & A, Before Dishonor)

Nathan Reed was born in Pike City on Cestus in 2346. His brother was born there in 2349. (Star Trek: Pendragon)

Timothy Sinclair visited Cestus III during his journey to Belle Terre aboard the SS Trailblazer in 2357. (Star Trek: Pendragon)

Cestus experienced a significant population explosion in 2370 when, following the formal end of the Cardassian Wars, Cestus III accepted a quarter-million people displaced by the establishment of the Demilitarized Zone. (TNG novel: A Time for War, A Time for Peace, Star Trek: Pendragon)

PikeCityPioneers

Emblem of the Pike City Pioneers baseball team.

Cestus comets logo

Cestus Comets logo.

The old Earth sport baseball saw a renaissance on Cestus III, with the establishment of the Cestus Baseball League in 2371. (DS9: "Family Business")

In 2374, a coup d'etat on the Gorn homeworld led the rebellious warrior caste to launch an invasion of Cestus. The rebellion was short-lived, however, and Gorn forces withdrew to their own territory. (TNG graphic novel: The Gorn Crisis)

In 2379, Cestus Governor Nanietta Bacco launched a successful campaign for the office of President of the United Federation of Planets, following the unexpected resignation of her predecessor, President Min Zife.

President Bacco returned to Cestus III to throw out the first pitch of the 2380 Cestus Baseball League season, as she had done each year as governor. President Bacco was an avid follower of the Pike City Pioneers. (A Time for War, A Time for Peace; Articles of the Federation)

In 2381, Starbase 140 spacedock was completed. (Star Trek Crusader)

In 2387, a huge shockwave caused massive damage on Starbase 140 and the Cestus IV Ship yards. Later they shipyards were moved to Cestus III. (Star Trek Crusader)

Alternate continuitiesEdit

Star Trek: PendragonEdit

Cestus III was a major battlefield during the Federation-Gorn Conflict of the late 2370s. Gorn forces laid siege to the planet for six weeks before Starfleet was able to drive them off. (Star Trek: Pendragon)

EnvironmentEdit

GeographyEdit

Much of the planet's southern hemisphere was dominated by a large bowl-shaped continent which had a single mountain range, the Coronado Mountains, running along its middle. In the northern hemisphere, there were several island continents. Most settlements could be found on the coast of the large southern continent. (Decipher RPG: Worlds)

RangesEdit

SettlementsEdit

Points of InterestEdit

Flora and faunaEdit

Greelaks were a species of small lizard native to Cestus III. (TNG novel: Q & A)

Cestus III was home to numerous types of plant life, many edible by most humanoids. Many colonists in the 23rd century experimented with these plants, crossbreeding them with types from Earth. The literal fruits of these labors enabled the creation of wines, liquors and other agricultural products that were unique to Cestus III. (Decipher RPG: Worlds)

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