2267, USS Ranger
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The Archanis sector was first discovered by the USS Ranger during its first five year exploratory mission in 2267. During that time, the crew of the Ranger found a backward, peace-loving people who, despite not being warp capable were aware of the influence of other planets, races and star systems and had developed complex long-range sensors in order to study them.
The people of Archa IV were left largely to their own devices by the Federation for many years until the USS Excelsior, under the command of Captain Hikaru Sulu, returned to check on the progress of the system while charting gaseous anomalies in a nearby sector. What they found was very different to the peaceful, idyllic existence witnessed by the Ranger. They were greeted by a Pontiff Nakal, who claimed to be the legitimate leader of Archa IV.
Sulu and his crew soon discovered that the planet had been invaded and conquered by a group calling themselves the Ritorian Confederacy who had enslaved the native population through a form of mind control. Upon contacting Starfleet Command, it was decided that because the planet was not under the protection of the Federation, it would not be advisable to interfere. Sulu and his senior officers disagreed and set about attempting to sabotage the instalations which kept the people of Archa IV under the heel of the Ritorians.
The sabotage of these centres led to a bloody and bitter uprising during which most of the planet was destroyed by aerial bombardment by the withdrawing Ritorian troops. By the time the Federation sent the Diplomatic Corps out to the system, the planet was decimated but the Archans were already beginning to rebuild under the leadership of the head of their royal family, Lord Audaan.
It took a great deal of convincing for Audaan to trust the Federation. While he understood that the people of Archa would have been left subservient if it was not for the actions of Captain Sulu and the Excelsior crew, he held the Federation responsible for allowing so many of his people to die. This feeling did not remain for long and the planet soon saw the good that the Federation could do. They were able to rebuild and prosper with the help of the Federation.
The Archans, for all intents and purposes, look human with the noticeable exception of a small ridge on the outside of the eyes.
Culture and Society
Archa IV is home to a monotheistic religion which is not widely practiced now that many Archans have been out to the stars. It was once their primary teaching method having evolved from a 'sun-worshipping' religion of which evidence can be found in primitive ruins across the Salaya Continent.
The Archans rely on Federation technology.
Archa IV is under the protection of Starfleet.