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Andoria
Andoria.jpg

Andoria from orbit

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

The surface of Andoria

Classified as M-class, Andoria was an inhabited moon. This was the homeworld for the Andorians, a warp capable humanoid species, and the Aenar. Andoria orbited a ringed gas giant in the Andorian planetary system. This system was located in the Alpha Quadrant. The moon was a founding member of the United Federation of Planets.

Astronomical Data

Location

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. Andoria was also relatively close to the Sol system. 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

Historical

See also: Andorian history and Federation history

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")

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

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, 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")

In 2154, 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")

"Chirurgeon" was a top 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")

Geographical

Aenar underground city

The main Aenar Compound in 2154.

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. During mid-summer, a temperature reading of -28° was not uncommon. (ENT: "The Aenar")

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

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Zoological

Appendices

Background

AndoriansAmongTheClans

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

According to writers Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, in a special features segment in ENT Season 4 DVD, 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.

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. When Mike Sussman and Manny Coto saw this book they "were taken by the striking cover image of an ice-covered Andoria" and went with that interpretation of the planet when it was finally seen in the ENT episode "The Aenar". [1]

The Andorian ice caves were actually a redress of the caverns built for Enterprise's Vulcan trilogy – simply repainted white.

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 injoke reference to Andoria.

Andoria was destroyed by the Romulans in the unproduced animated series Star Trek: Final Frontier, set during the 2460s.

According to Star Trek: Star Charts, on page 36, Andoria was located in a binary star system. This system consisted of a F-type main-sequence star orbited by an A-type main-sequence star. On page 52, Andoria was identified as the eighth planet in the Procyon star system. This planet was Class M. On page 52, Andoria was identified as the capital of the Andorain Empire, and was 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 were warp capable in 1154 A.D. On page 19, Andoria was located in the Andorian Sector (Sector 006). This sector was the sixth explored by Earth ships. In his final voyage in 2120, Zefram Cochrane visited Andoria. (page 60)

Apocrypha

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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