Maxia Zeta IV was the uninhabited and lifeless fourth planet in the Maxia Zeta system. Like the third planet, it was located in the habitable zone of its star, and was therefore a candidate for terraforming. The planet had several moons, some of them cratered deeply enough to hide a ship.
On stardate 40217.3, in 2355, the USS Stargazer was on a routine survey mission to scan the planets in this system. Traveling at warp through the system, the Stargazer was ambushed by a Ferengi starship that had launched from one of the moons of Maxia Zeta IV. (TNG: "The Battle" display graphic) The conflict, known later as the Battle of Maxia, became legendary among the students at Starfleet Academy for the tactic used by Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the defense of his ship and crew. (TNG: "The Battle")