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Organians

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Species Name : Organians1
Quadrant : Beta

When first contacted, the Organians appeared to be a relatively primitive people. Reports indicated that their technology was limited to simple metal tools, mainly used for farming and building primitive dwellings. Unfortunately, their planet happened to lie in a highly important strategic position between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. When the two powers went to war in 2266, the USS Enterprise was ordered to secure the planet and prevent it from falling into Klingon hands.

Captain Kirk and Commander Spock beamed down to talk to the Organians leaders in an attempt to gain their support for Federation occupation of the planet. On arrival the two discovered an Organian village near to a large stone castle, something that they should not have been able to build at such a low technology level. Commander Spocks analysis showed that the Organian society was totally arrested culture, with no cultural or technological progress at all for at least tens of thousands of years. Yet the Organians themselves expressed no surprise at the aliens arrival, even though they beamed down in front of many witnesses. Kirk found it difficult to talk to the Organians; they claimed to have no leaders and little in the way of organized social structure. Those whom Kirk talked to expressed a total disinterest in the war and dismissed the possibility that it would impact them in any way. When offered advanced technology by Kirk, the Organians politely declined.

While the meeting was underway a Klingon fleet arrived at the planet and forced the Enterprise out of orbit. Hundreds of troops beamed down, trapping both Starfleet officers on the planet. The Organians disguised the pair to hide them from the Klingons in order to avoid bloodshed, but even when faced with the brutality of Klingon occupation they steadfastly refused to choose sides. They would seemingly make any sacrifice to protect the officers - once the Klingons realized who the Organians were protecting they murdered hundreds of hostages in retribution. Yet the Organians shrugged this off as irrelevant, claiming that nobody had really died.

Only when Kirk and Spock were finally captured and threatened with death did the Organians reveal their true nature. The combatants on the planet, as well as the Federation and Klingon fleets preparing to do battle, suddenly began to radiate energy equivalent to several hundred degrees, causing agonizing pain to any who touched them. Yet there were no ill effects on those involved, so long as they did not come into contact with one another or their weapons. One of the Organians announced that they had put a stop to the war and would allow no further violence between the two sides - a message which he claimed to be delivering simultaneously to those on Organia, the nearby fleets, and to the capital worlds of the Federation and the Klingon Empire.

Ayelborne said that he and the other Organians found interference in the affairs of others disgusting, yet they abhorred violence and the recent move to war had forced their hand. Ayelborne claimed that the Federation and Klingon Empire would one day become allies and work together1
- correctly, as it transpired2 - but that the Organians were not prepared to allow millions to die before this happened. He ended by ordering the aliens off Organia, saying that the mere presence of our kind of life was painful for his people. When Kirk questioned this statement, the Organians transformed themselves into brilliant luminescent globes and vanished.

Spock surmised that the Organians had once been corporeal life forms much as we are but had evolved into beings of pure energy, as far beyond us as we are beyond the amoeba - they apparently assumed a physical form and created surroundings to match in order to accommodate the visitors to their world.

After this occasion there was little further contact with the Organians.1
The peace treaty remained in force for some time but eventually they appear to have decided that the Federation and Klingon Empire had learned to co-exist without their guardianship.

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References

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1 TOS 1 Errand of Mercy
2 Various Next Generation episodes
Series : TOS Season 1 (Disc 7)
Episode : Errand of Mercy
Series : TNG Season (Disc )
Episode : Various Next Generation episodes


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