The Maxia Zeta system was an uninhabited system. The system consisted of a primary (Maxia Zeta) and twelve planets. The planets Maxia Zeta III and Maxia Zeta IV, and its moons, were located in the systems habitable zone.
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 was 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")