Prior to 1802
The Kesat are a space-faring humanoid species native to the planet Kesat in the Gradin Belt of the Delta Quadrant. Many members of the species have a distinctive rippled brow ridge and nose. They also have a spot pattern above their temples and on their neck.
The Kesat homeworld is a pristine marvel, a marriage of dark waters and lushest green vegetation. The cleanness of the air is comparable by none, the sky a perfect hue of bright blue. Much of the land mass seems to be concentrated to one large continent; much like Earth during late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras. There are two moons, one some two to three times larger than the other. The smaller of the two inhabited. Kesat take great pride in their planet's natural beauty. Many of their command structures have been engineered to float amongst the cloud as a means to protect their planet. One such structure is the Orbital Security Complex, "The City in the Sky", where many negotiations and diplomatic engagements occur. All planetary cities are dispersed; high-rise buildings interwoven by complicated networks of forests and rivers. The Kesat rely heavily on a grid of transportation pads to get from one location to another.
In 2388, Task Force 38 signed a nonaggression pact with the Kesat people after much negotiation. Many Kesat believe that Starfleet was far too naive to survive long in the Gradin Belt. They refused to help Federation militarily but established a basic framework for trade. Further in their agreement, the Federation has agreed to keep the Ba'neth secret and comply with Kesat border protocols. The Kesat have very strict border protocols, detailing that no large alien ships enter their space. This has resulted in many meetings on the Kesat homeworld involving Kesat transports or small shuttle craft. The Kesat people remain suspicious of the Federation on account of their encounter with the USS Voyager that served as a precursor to the Kesat-Ba'neth War.
First Encounter with the Federation
In 2376, the Federation starship USS Voyager collaborated with the Kesat government after a Starfleet officer was attacked by a Ba'neth. The Kesat were the nearest neighboring species to the Ba'neth but had been unable to prove the existence of the secretive Ba'Neth. Deputy Investigator Naroq of Kesat Security was sent to aid Voyager and was eventually successful in counteracting the Ba'neth cloaking device. Naroq then traded the photolitic converter he had invented to decloak the Ba'Neth for information regarding the neural disruptor used to attack the Starfleet officer.
Prior to the events of the USS Voyager, the Ba'neth were an extremely xenophobic and reclusive species. They were known to have tentacles, and possessed a relatively large fleet of ships, which included at least one space station. The species were found to utilize cloaking technology to help them remain undetected, and to observe other species traveling through their space. Since the Kesat, a neighbouring species, proved their existence, the two species engaged in a number of hostile encounter until they came together to sign the Treaty of Villions, which outlined that the Kesat would stay out of Ba'Neth space and encourage other ships to do the same while agreeing to never provide details of their existence to other powers.
Kesat Deputy Investigator Naroq had been investigating strange incidents of foreign starships being attacked by an unknown force while in Kesat space. The unknown attackers would scan for tactical information on the alien ship and, if provoked, would cause severe neurological trauma leading to a loss of brain activity. The USS Voyager's incident was the 13th such incident, and he believed that USS Voyager's encounter was the most promising so far in helping to prove that the Ba'neth existed thanks to good timing and the unique physiology of Vulcan Lieutenant Commander Tuvok, which offered a chance at determining the Ba'neth's cloaking frequency.
Naroq developed various technologies to reveal the Ba'neth, including a photolitic converter that detected the veridium isotopes left over by the Ba'neth and revealed what the alien might look like. His device was adapted to Voyager's deflector array so the crew could scan space, although the range of the scan was short.
Thanks to Naroq's help, Captain Janeway was able to locate several Ba'neth vessels and tried to learn about the weapon they used so that they could treat the Starfleet officer who'd been incapacitated by it. However, the Ba'neth ships fled at each encounter. On its hunt, Voyager ultimately discovered a Ba'neth space station and threatened to divulge its location to the Keset unless the information regarding the weapon was provided to them.
In the end, the crisis was resolved when Naroq offered to give the Ba'neth the converter so that they could remain hidden. In exchange, the Ba'neth agreed to supply the information needed to help the Starfleet officer.
After Voyager passed through Kesat and Be'neth space, Deputy Director Naroq returned to the Kesat homeworld. He struggled with the position he held. He'd made it his life's work to prove the existence of the Ba'neth, but now his actions placing the needs of Voyager's crew above his career left him with a feeling of emptiness. A year had passed before the Ba'neth attacked another alien ship. Ehen word reached Kesat Security, Naroq came forward. He told the Kesat government about the Ba'neth space station, the ship fleet and his exchange of the photolitic converter technology to enable the Ba'neth to adapt their cloaking technology and to better hide from the Kesat and others. Naroq was heavily reprimanded and his career ended.
Kesat Security sent a fleet of ships to the coordinates of the known space station, but it was gone. The Kesat had no way of locating Ba'neth. There were those of the Kesat Government which did not trust the Ba'neth - the “shadow people” as they were called. They did not know if they had ships or space stations in Kesat space, nor could they monitor Ba'neth activity so close to their border. Now armed with Noroq's testimony, a technological race broke out on the Kesat homeworld. Scientists from all provinces worked to develop the technology to find the Ba'neth in an effort to secure their borders.
It took two years before the technology was developed and weaponized. The first Ba'neth ship was located two months later near a Kesat moon home to a the mining facility Villions. Outraged erupted and the Ba'neth ship was destroyed by Kesat ships as it fled. Skirmishes broke out between the two powers for the next six years as the Kesat worked to secure their borders and the Ba'neth tried to define their own borders as they clung to the shadows. There were mounting casualties on both side.
At the end of the sixth year, leaders from both governments agreed to sit down. The Kesat and Ba'neth War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Villions. This peace doctrine outlined a neutral zone between Kesat and Ba'neth. While Ba'neth space was never clearly defined, the Kesat border was outlined and the Ba'neth agreed to stay out of it. The Kesat demanded that the Ba'neth stay on their side of the neural zone in exchange for keeping the generality of their space a secret.
Treaty with the Federation
In 2388, when the USS Equinox showed up at the Kesat doorstep to rekindle an old relationship, the Kesat government realized that there are others that knew about the Ba'neth. This threatened their treaty. While the effects of the Ba'neth battles was still fresh, they realized that updating the Federation on the Kesat-Ba'neth relations was sensitive, yet necessary.