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Benev Selec
Drema IV, remastered.jpg

Benev Selec from orbit

Type: Planet
Native Species: Dremans
Location: Selcundi Drema system
Selcundi Drema sector
Drema IV surface.jpg

The surface of Benev Selec

Benev Selec (or Drema IV) was the inhabited fourth planet of the Selcundi Drema system. (This system was located in the Selcundi Drema sector.) This was the homeworld of the Dremans, a humanoid species, whose civilization was classified by the Federation, in 2365, as pre-warp.

In that year, the USS Enterprise-D became the first Starfleet vessel to survey the planet. It was discovered that the planet was geologically unstable, due to dilithium lattices beneath the planet's crust, that translated geothermal energy into mechanical force. At the time of the incident, Drema IV was found to have the largest deposits of dilithium ore on record.

During the mission, Lieutenant Commander Data detected a low-level RF signal sent by a Dreman girl, Sarjenka. She asked if there was "anyone out there", prompting Data to respond. Data informed Captain Picard of his contact with Sarjenka after he learned that Drema IV was on the verge of self-destruction. Because Data's actions violated the Prime Directive, Picard initially ordered Data to sever all contact with the surface. However, when he heard Sarjenka's voice, telling Data she was afraid, he decided that they must act.

The survey team, headed by acting Ensign Wesley Crusher, suggested that harmonic vibrations emitted by class-1 probes fitted with resonators fired into the planet would shatter the planet's dilithium lattices and thus alleviate the tectonic stresses tearing the planet apart. The plan was a success and the planet was saved from destruction. (TNG: "Pen Pals")

The planet model first used here for Benev Selec would later be used for the Starbase 515 planet ("Samaritan Snare") and Rutia IV ("The High Ground").
In the Star Trek: SCE eBook Progress, a mining accident occurs on Drema IV, and it is noted that the planet has become a Federation protectorate.

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