INTRODUCTION TO STAR TREK CULTURE AND ALIEN LIFE
 

Known Races
Race Traits
Cardassian Occupation of Bajor
The Prime Directive

 

Known Races

There are many known races to the Federation: Humans, Vulcans, Klingons, Romulans, Orions, Bajorans, Cardassians, Ferengi, etc, etc.  Of these, many are Federation members (i.e. Humans, Vulcans...), while many more are friendly non-Federation members (i.e. Ferengi, Bajorans...). But there are a few hostile races as well: the Breen, for example.

There is a wealth of information on alien races at the Ronin Fleet Races Info page  These include the Klingons, Bajorans, Romulans, Breen, Son'a, Ferengi, Cardassians, Gorn, and Tholians.  While it's not necessary to read all this, please keep the page bookmarked for reference.

Race Traits

Most races have strengths and weaknesses.  They have "personalities".  Klingons are a proud warrior race.  Romulans are stealthy, sly, given to covert ops.  The Ferengi are merchants, stopping at nothing to gain a profit.  When RPGing, try to make the races act like they're supposed to.  Some exceptions are OK, as there are unique individuals, but most aliens will act accordingly.  Most of the races are from the TV series, or movies or from the Star Trek books.

Cardassian Occupation of Bajor

The Cardassians first contacted the Bajorans offering to help.  This "help" soon became a violent occupation.  The Cardassians were given to torturing and raping Bajoran civilians.  Bajor's natural resources were taken by the Cardassians, wreaking havoc on Bajor's environment and economy.  The Cardassians continued this occupation for a number of years, led by the infamous Gul Dukat.  During this time, Bajoran terrorists, known as "freedom fighters", emerged to rid Bajor of the Cardassians and end the Occupation.  They were referred to as the Resistance.  After the Cardassians pulled out, the Federation moved in to help Bajor.  The abandoned Cardassian space station Deep Space Nine was run under joint administration, by Commander Benjamin Sisko   (Starfleet) and Major Kira Nerys(Bajoran military). 

The Prime Directive

Here's a nice touchy subject...  Brief recap: Starfleet General Order 1: It is the right of each sentient species to live in accordance with its normal cultural evolution.  This is considered sacred and so no Starfleet personnel may interfere with the normal and healthy development of alien life and culture.  Such interference includes introducing superior knowledge, strength, or technology to a world whose society is incapable of handling such advantages wisely.  Starfleet personnel may not violate this Prime Directive, even to save their lives and/or their ship, unless they are acting to right an earlier violation or an accidental contamination of said culture.  This directive takes precedence over any and all other considerations, and carries with it the highest moral obligation.

The Prime Directive means we aren't allowed to interfere with the normal cultural evolution of a race.  If they're in the middle of a civil war, we can't go in and stop it.  If they're starving because of a sudden climate change, but haven't made contact with alien life, we can't help them.  In short, we can't do anything to a culture that has not made contact with alien life due to their own actions.  We also can't interfere in any internal affairs of a culture, unless asked.  And maybe not even then.

The only exception is to correct an earlier violation of this rule.

Thanks to Star Trek: Rebellion for the use of this info.