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Mudd
The Enterprise in orbit of Mudd
Class: K
Type: Planet
Native Species: Mudd androids
Location: Alpha Quadrant
The Explored Galaxy
The location of Mudd in "The Explored Galaxy" wall chart
This article is about the planet. For people named "Mudd," see Mudd (disambiguation).

Mudd (or The Robot Planet) was an uninhabited K class planet. This planet had a ring system. This was the homeworld of the Mudd androids. The planet was located in the Alpha Quadrant. (TOS: "I, Mudd"; TAS: "Mudd's Passion", Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, production art)

The location of the planet in the Milky Way Galaxy was depicted on a Federation star chart in 2293. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, production art)

History

The planet was the last outpost of a now extinct species from the Andromeda Galaxy, whose homeworld had been destroyed by its star going supernova. In the 23rd century, the planet was inhabited only by the android workers who were sent there to build vast libraries, advanced medical research laboratories and engineering shops.

The planet was stumbled upon in 2267 by the fugitive Harcourt "Harry" Mudd in the previously uncharted star system. The android workers dubbed him "Lord Mudd the First" and held him against his will, as they needed someone to provide them with a purpose. In 2268, "Lord" Mudd sent the android Norman to hijack the Federation starship USS Enterprise in the hopes of trading the crew for his own freedom.

Mudd's plan was ultimately unsuccessful and Starfleet personnel were able to reprogram the androids to continue once again the project they had been sent to the planet to accomplish. In addition, the androids were left with custody of Harry Mudd, not as a sovereign ruler, but instead as a "first-class example of a Human failure", to be observed in order to avoid similar individuals in the future. (TOS: "I, Mudd")

Harry soon escaped the planet however by stealing a spaceship and left to find haven on Ilyra VI, where he fooled the innocent and friendly inhabitants into buying Starfleet Academy from him. (TAS: "Mudd's Passion")

Background

For the 2006 "remastered" version of "I, Mudd", a new computer-generated version of Mudd was created.

According to The Worlds of the Federation, Mudd was the second planet orbiting a star named UFC 257704.

"The Explored Galaxy" was a map of charted space in the Alpha Quadrant. The Tholian Assembly and Romulus/Remus were identified in dialog as being located in this quadrant. (DS9: "The Search, Part I", "Call to Arms") This chart was also seen in several Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes set in the 24th century, from the year 2364 to 2370. These were: TNG: "Conspiracy", "The Measure Of A Man", "The Emissary", "The Mind's Eye", "The Game" and DS9: "In the Hands of the Prophets", "Cardassians".

Apocrypha

According to the Decipher roleplaying game sourcebook Worlds, the planet Mudd was Galor IV mentioned in TNG: "The Offspring".

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