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Andoria from orbit

Class: M
Type: Moon
Native Species: Aenar
Andorian
Location: Andorian system
Affiliation: Andorian Empire
Coalition of Planets
United Federation of Planets
Andorian surface.jpg

The surface of Andoria

"Taste that air. Really gets the blood running."
– Shran, 2154 ("The Aenar")

Andoria was an M-class moon orbiting a ringed gas giant in the Andorian system. It was the homeworld of the Andorian and the Aenar races. Andoria took part in talks to form a Coalition of Planets in 2155 and became a founding member of the United Federation of Planets in 2161.

A planet called Andoria Prime was mentioned in Star Trek Into Darkness.
Andor may be the name of the gas giant, the name of the capital city or an alternate name for Andoria. See Appendices for more information.

Astronomical Data Edit

Location Edit

Chintoka tactical map

The location of Andoria in the 24th century

Andoria was located in a neighboring system to Vulcan, which led to a series of conflicts between the Andorian Empire and the Vulcans. In 2154, the Vulcan High Command deployed a fleet of 12 starships to Regulus, which lay just outside Andorian sensor range, preparing to attack Andoria. (ENT: "Kir'Shara") Andoria was also relatively close to the Sol system, and the Andorian Empire occupied space between Babel and Tellar Prime. (ENT: "Babel One") In the 24th century, Andoria was located near to the Cardassian border. (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets")

The Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual and Star Fleet Technical Manual place Andoria in the Epsilon Indi system, identifying it as one of the founding worlds of the Federation.
According to the more recent Star Trek: Star Charts (page 36), Procyon VIII was Andoria, and the system was located in the Beta Quadrant. Also in the Star Charts, Andoria was pictured as being much more Earth-like than what was later on seen on screen.

Further Information Edit

"Chirurgeon" was a medical profession on Andoria. (DS9: "Prophet Motive")

In designing her new solarium, Yanas Tigan used tile she imported from Andoria, which she then had hand-painted by this charming old man she met on a trip to the Hovarian Cluster. (DS9: "Prodigal Daughter")

Historical Edit

Aenar underground city

The main Aenar Compound in 2154.

See also: Andorian history and Federation history

The Kumari was the first ice cutter to circumnavigate Andoria. (ENT: "United")

Andoria was inhabited by the blue skinned Andorian species of humanoids, and the Aenar, a subspecies of the Andorians. There was contact between the two sentient species on Andoria in the distant past, but eventually contact was lost and both species only vaguely remembered the other in myths and stories. It was not until around 2104 that contact was re-established between the Andorians and the Aenar. (ENT: "The Aenar")

Following the agreement of the cease fire on Weytahn in 2152, talks were continued on Andoria, where it was hoped that more than "just talk" would be accomplished. (ENT: "Cease Fire")

Prior to entering the Delphic Expanse in 2153, Talas suggested to Shran that they should head back to Andoria while they were still able. (ENT: "Proving Ground")

In 2154 the Vulcan High Command planned to attack Andoria. (ENT: "Kir'Shara")

Later that year, the crew of Enterprise NX-01 set course for Andoria to return the crew of the destroyed warship Kumari home for medical attention. (ENT: "Babel One")

Geographical Edit

Andorian landscape

The icy surface of Andoria

Andoria was an ice world, with a human-breathable oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere. Andorian cities were underground and took their energy from geothermal activity. The cities were connected to each other by thousands of kilometers of tunnels.

Only during rare heatwaves would the temperature on Andoria rise above freezing, and even then only for a few weeks at a time. In the northern wastes, a temperature reading of -28° was not uncommon during mid-summer. (ENT: "The Aenar")

Kasidy Yates considered the mountains of Andoria as a site for a honeymoon with Benjamin Sisko in 2375. (DS9: "Strange Bedfellows")

Points of interest:

Zoological Edit

Appendices Edit

Background informationEdit

AndoriansAmongTheClans

Cover of Andorians: Among the Clans, an influence for the canon look of the Andorian homeworld

The establishment of the Andorian homeworld as a moon orbiting a gas giant was devised to help explain the contradiction of why it was sometimes called Andor and sometimes it was called Andoria, the gas giant being Andor and the moon Andoria. (ENT Season 4 DVD special features; Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, issue 37, p. 14)

The Last Unicorn Games Star Trek RPG and Samuel John Ross used information about Andoria, a frozen world first published in Star Trek: The Role Playing Game, for the work The Andorians: Among the Clans. Having been reading this publication, Mike Sussman was inspired by the book's cover. "I remember saying to Manny Coto, who was our season 4 showrunner, 'What do you think of this as a look for the Andorian homeworld?'" (Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, issue 37, p. 15)

Mike Sussman's suggestion addressed a need to save expenses, as the caverns built for Enterprise's Vulcan trilogy, which had recently wrapped production, could be reused as the Andorian ice caves, simply repainted white. The fact that the sets could be redressed in such a way was one motivate for pursuing the idea. Remembering Manny Coto's response to the plan, Sussman relayed, "He said, 'Great, because we can paint our Vulcan sets white and now it's ice!' and that's what we did." (Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, issue 37, p. 15)

According to Star Trek: Star Charts (pp. 19, 36, 52 & 60), Andoria was a Class M planet located in the Procyon binary star system. This system consisted of an F-type main-sequence star orbited by an A-type main-sequence star. Andoria was identified as the eighth planet. Andoria was the capital of the Andorian Empire, and a founding member of the United Federation of Planets in 2161. The capital of Andoria was Andor, and 38.2 billion people lived on Andoria. Andorians became warp capable in 1154 A.D. Andoria was located in the Andorian Sector also known as Sector 006. This sector was the sixth explored by Earth ships. In his final voyage in 2120, Zefram Cochrane visited Andoria.

According to the script of ENT: "Broken Bow", there were two Andorian moons. However, this was later changed to two Teneebian moons for the filming of the episode.

In DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars", one of Roy Ritterhouse's drawings is called "Honey Moon on Andoras". This may be an in-joke reference to Andoria.

In the never-produced animated series Star Trek: Final Frontier, set during the 2460s, Andoria was destroyed by the Romulans.

Apocrypha Edit

In Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Volume 1, Thirishar ch'Thane and Prynn Tenmei note the differences between the names "Andor" and "Andoria." While Tenmei grew up thinking of ch'Thane's homeworld as "Andoria," ch'Thane grew up knowing it as "Andor." Conversely, ch'Thane grew up thinking of Tenmei's homeworld as "Terra," only to discover that Terrans call it "Earth."

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