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The Bajorans (also commonly known as Bajora) are a humanoid species indigenous to the planet Bajor in the Bajor System in the Alpha Quadrant. The Bajorans have one of the oldest and richest surviving cultures in the known galaxy with a history spanning more than half a million years. Their home planet and and government was admitted to the Federation in 2376 and followed by many of their semi-autonomous colonies.
The Bajorans are a humanoid race identifiable by slight ridges across the bridge of their nose.
The history of the Bajoran people stretches back more than 500,000 years, long before the human inhabitants of Earth learned to speak. The ancient civilization on Bajor was renowned for its scientific, philosophical and artistic achievements.
Greatest amongst these early civilizations was the First Republic, which flourished between 25 and 20 thousand years ago. It was during this period that the magnificent ancient city of B'hala was built, along with many others.
The next great phase of Bajoran civilization began approximately 10,000 years ago, when the first of the Tears of the Prophets were discovered above Bajor. These artifacts ushered in a new era of spiritual connection with the Bajoran gods, the Prophets. By the 16th century, the Bajorans had developed sublight space travel and were exploring their home star system with solar-sail spacecraft. Some Bajoran explorers even reached the Cardassia system, several light years away. In the 24th century, this period came to an end with the annexation of Bajor by Cardassia.
The Occupation of Bajor was the period from 2328 to 2369 during which the Bajoran homeworld of Bajor was under the control of the Cardassian Union. During the Occupation, the Cardassians perpetrated a coordinated scheme of strip-mining, forced labor, and genocide across the planet. The Occupation gave rise to the fierce Bajoran Resistance, which used guerrilla and terror tactics to eventually force the Cardassians to withdraw. Many Bajorans also fled the occupation and settled on planets all over the known galaxy, but almost everywhere they remained separated from other peoples, living under the poorest circumstances in refugee camps.
In 2369, after nearly forty years of domination over Bajor, the Cardassians finally left, no longer willing to stand against the relentless terrorism of the Bajoran Resistance. As the Bajorans established an independent government, the United Federation of Planets moved into the system and, along with the Bajoran military, established joint control of Terok Nor, a mining station, which they renamed Deep Space 9.
Prior to the beginning of the Dominion War, Bajor signed a nonaggression pact with the Dominion, choosing to remain neutral. This saved Bajor from coming under the rule of another foreign power when the Dominion captured Deep Space 9 in late 2373. Bajor finally joined the fight against the Dominion in 2374 after the Allies recaptured Deep Space 9 in the Battle of Bajor. The Bajorans continued to fight against the Dominion until 2375, when the Treaty of Bajor was signed on Deep Space 9 in 2375. Following the war, Bajor resumed its attempt to become a member of the United Federation of Planets.
Bajor and the Federation
Bajor applied for membership in the Federation in 2373, but retracted their application at the last moment because their Emissary told them this would be disastrous for Bajor. The two governments maintained a cordial relationship, however.
Throughout the Dominion War Bajor found itself on the front line, politically if not militaristically. In 2375, with the signing of the Treaty of Bajor marking the end of the war, Bajor was again in a strong position for membership of the Federation.
After years of friendly affiliation, Bajor and the Bajoran people entered the Federation in 2376.
The Bajoran religion is a major unifying force on the planet; the spiritual leader, or Kai, wields a great deal of moral and political authority, advising and influencing the planet's political leader, the First Minister. The Kai is chosen from a council of Vedeks, the title given to Bajoran religious leaders. Other religious titles are Ranjens and Prylars.
The Bajoran religion is based upon the revelations of the Prophets, who came to be known as the timeless beings residing in the Bajoran wormhole, or as it is called by the Bajorans, the Celestial Temple.
While Gods to the Bajoran people, the Prophets are some sort of advanced non corporeal being that have made their home in the wormhole. The first to make contact with them was Starfleet officer, Benjamin Sisko, who would from then on be acclaimed within the Bajoran culture as Emissary
Part of the Bajoran religion involves the use of the Tears of the Prophets, reality-distorting energy orbs produced by the Prophets. Several of these were stolen by the Cardassians during the Occupation, though a number have been recovered.
Bajoran dress is simple and practical, the only major adornment favoured by most Bajorans is a piece of ear jewelry worn for religious reasons.
Bajor is not a major industrial world and its people are not known for their feats of industry, although Bajor is a planet that was once rich in natural resources.