Antares Sector

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The Antares Sector, a lawless region on the border of Federation space, pirates and cut-throats dominate occupied almost the entire sector. For one hundred years the Antares Sector has been a highly disputed area of space to which every major power in the Alpha, Beta and Gamma Quadrant claims to be there own.

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Antares in ancient cultures

Antares' name derives from the Greek Αντάρης, meaning "(holds) against Ares (Mars)", due to the similarity of its reddish hue to the appearance of the planet Mars. Its distinctive colouration has made the star an object of interest to many societies throughout history. According to ancient Arab tradition, Antares is the warrior-poet Antarah ibn Shaddad's star. Many of the old Egyptian temples are oriented so that the light of Antares plays a role in the ceremonies performed there. Some writers claim that it is the "lance star" referred to in the Biblical book of Job. Antares was also known as Satevis in ancient Persia and was one of the four "royal stars" of the Persians around 3000 BC. It was also known as Jyeshtha in ancient India. In the religion of Stregheria, Antares is a fallen angel and quarter guardian of the western gate.

In astrology Antares is one of the Behenian fixed stars and has the symbol Agrippa1531_corScorpii.png.

In Star Trek film and television franchise

  • "A Piece of the Action", episode of Star Trek (TOS) television series. Kirk fabricates a fictional card game called Fizzbin, allegedly played on Beta Antares IV, as a ruse to escape from his captors on Sigma Iotia II.
  • "Charlie X" and other episodes of Star Trek (TOS) television series. Lt. Uhura sings the romantic song "Beyond Antares".[
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, film. Khan says that he will chase Admiral Kirk "around the [...] Antares Maelstrom".

Astrography

Properties

Antares is a class M supergiant star, with a diameter of approximately 700 times solar. I.e., if Antares were placed in the centre of our solar system, its outer surface would lie between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Antares is approximately 600 light years from our solar system. Its visual luminosity] is about 10,000 times that of the Sun, but because the star radiates a considerable part of its energy in the infrared part of the spectrum, the bolometric luminosity equals roughly 65,000 times that of the Sun. The mass of the star is calculated to be 15 to 18 solar mass. Its large size and relatively small mass give Antares a very low average density.

The best time to view Antares is on or around May 31 of each year, when the star is at "opposition" to the Sun. At this time, Antares rises at dusk and sets at dawn, and is thus in view all night (depending on your position on Earth). For approximately two to three weeks on either side of November 30, Antares is not visible at all, being lost in the Sun's glare; this period of invisibility is longer in the Northern Hemisphere than in the Southern Hemisphere, since the star's declination is significantly south of the celestial equator.

Companion star

Antares has a hot blue companion star, Antares B, of spectral type B2.5 at a separation of about 2.9 arcseconds, or 550 Astronomical units at Antares' estimated distance. At magnitude 5.5, it is only 1/370th as bright visually as Antares A, although it shines with 170 times the Sun's luminosity. It is normally difficult to see in small telescopes due to Antares' glare, but becomes easy in apertures over 150 mm (6 in.). The companion is often described as green, but this is probably a contrast effect. Antares B can be observed with a small telescope for a few seconds during lunar occultations while Antares itself is hidden by the Moon; it was discovered during one such occultation on April 13 1819.

The orbit is poorly known, with an estimated orbital period of 878 years.


Data taken from the WIKIpedia



Cultures In the region

The stars are not devoid of life and this region of space is on the frontier of more than one society. As the Federation stake their claims onto some of those stars they are joining others who have already laid claim to various areas of it, all of whom have agendas of their own.

Bajoran

Although comparatively very distant from the homeworlds of Bajor there is a new link being steadily formed as colonists from that area head out for pastures new, deliberately further away from the structures and traditional enmities they are leaving behind.

Cardassian

Just as the Bajorans are using the remoteness of this frontier to escape the history of their own region so have certain less than wholesome elements of the Cardassian Union. with the whole of their historical hegemony now under all too close supervision from the Federation efforts to reconstruct their society certain peoples with reasons to avoid that scrutiny have left for less regulated areas.

This frontier apparently counts

Klingon Empire

The Klingon Empire used to have claims to this area a very long time ago but through various treaties have ceded all of such to other cultures. However with the recent entente between them and the Federation it is expected that there may yet be a marked increase in their own interest in the region

Kzin

Felinoid bipeds with a history of aggression against the Federation (and anyone else who got too close).

Have already got some significant claims in the area and can be presumed to be willing to fiercely defend these, whether they are of actual importance to the Kzinti or not.

Dahomey Prime

Federation Presence

Valiant Operations Fleet leads the federation presence here, a newly formed fleet tasked with bringing order where there was once only mayhem. It is a task that few envy and even fewer would be willing to tackle themselves.

They are in turn made up of a few separate task forces and other installations.

Gorn

The lizardlike Gorn (don't say it to their faces) also have historical ties to the area, indeed some of their more spectacular battles with the Kzinti were fought through this space. They have not yet shown any sign of a continued interest but that is not to say that dragon is more than sleeping.

Romulan Empire

Like the Klingon equivalent the Romulans have no real basis for a continued interest in this region, it is a very long way from their borders and significantly removed from their immediate tactical use.

However even in the wake of the Fallen Son incident the "Hawks" of the reformed Romulan Senate are looking for ways to regain some of the pride their people's once held so dear. And in doing so to perhaps throw off some of the newest (chafing) ties to the Federation.

Other

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Threats

Not all the residents of the area are friendly, far from it, instead a great number of them resent the Federation presence in what was so recently a free fire zone. These people can be expected to resist the Federation Peace efforts most strongly.

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Individuals