2279, USS Farragut
Religious Parliamentary Monarchy
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The Shoka are a deeply spiritual people who are unsure of outside interference by the Federation. They happily accepted becoming part of the Federation given their proximity to the Gorn Hegemony who made several attempts to annex the Shokaal system during the late 2200s and early 2300s. The Shoka claim to have little need of technology but are surprisingly advanced.
Many in the Federation are suspicious of the Shoka’s ‘human’ rights record and countless articles and films have come out based on the topic.
According to a survey conducted by Starfleet Science Anthropology teams in 2382, almost 70% of the population live in monasteries as Faith Keepers while a quite unprecedented 99% of the population keep to the doctrines of the faith.
The Anthropology teams raised a number of concerns regarding the welfare of the 1% who do not follow the doctrine, but no proof has ever been brought forward that they are mistreated by the leaders of the world despite a number of penal colonies detected on outlying moons. The government has always maintained that these are for the correction of criminals.
The Shoka were first contacted in 2279 by the USS Farragut after warp flight was detected in the system. They were made part of the United Federation of Planets in 2326
The Shoka are ruled by the ‘Honoured Callar’ who is the figurehead of both the church and state. Underneath him (it is always a man) comes the High Council who are a group of five (again male) who advise the Honoured Callar directly. Below them is a Lower Council made up of women who in turn advise the high council. Interviews carried out by the Anthropology team suggest that there is no ill-feeling towards women but this practice is kept up out of a staunch observation of tradition.