From Bravo Fleet Infobase
|Republic of Cait|
Grid C7, Alpha Quadrant
The planet Cait is an M Class world with five continents. Three are very similar, one is far south and quite frozen, and the fifth is on the equator and has thick vegetation. The rest of the planet is ocean. It has a population of 3.3 billion people known as the Caitians.
The largest continent is Larrrtov. It is almost completely tall grass savanna. There are several rivers that flow through the flat, open spaces. The annual rainfall is enough to encourage the growth of several types of trees and keep the grass tall in most places. There is a small forested strip that spans the southern coast.
The continent of Pirrrem is the second largest. It is, for the most part, a smaller version of Larrrtov. The only difference is size and shape. There is evidence that, at one point, there was a land bridge from Pirrrem to Larrrtov. It is suspected that the original Caitians migrated from one continent to the other.
The last of the savanna continents is Canrral. It has a dry season that lasts for about 3/4 of the year. It doesn't receive enough precipitation to allow grass to grow as tall as on Larrrtov or Pirrrem. It wasn't heavily populated until domestication of animals made hunting unnecessary.
The only heavily forested continent is L'narrr. It is located directly on the equator and is covered in tropical forest. It was never, and still isn't, heavily populated. It has never come as much use, except a few resorts which attract off-world visitors.
The last continent is Virrrtam. It is located near Cait's southern pole. The only vegetation is a small area of tundra at its northern-most point. It is uninhabited, but at one point it was the destination of exiled citizens from Canrral. It does not cover the south pole, but the icecap does extend and join with it. The boundary of actual land wasn't known until orbital scans were conducted in the early phase of Caitian space exploration.
First Contact With The Federation
First contact between the Federation and the Republic of Cait was in 2205. The Caitian patrol vessel CIC L'akarr made contact with the USS Horizon near the Beta Aurigae system. The crews exchanged greetings and established peaceful relations. For the next ten years, Cait and the Federation were heavily involved in trading. The Caitian system is rich in Dilithium in the outer moons of the system and provided a very profitable relationship.
In 2234, after much delegation and preperation, Cait was admitted to the United Federation of Planets. The Caitian Military was allowed to remain as a system defense organization, but was mostly absorbed into Starfleet. Starfleet Acadamy set up an admissions testing center in the capitol and established Starbase 189 in orbit of Missatt, the 5th planet in the Cait system as the main center of trade for the region.
The first communities of Caitians, other than family units, were hunting parties. They were typically nomadic, following whatever game animals they had a taste for.
Eventually, animals were domesticated, and hunting bands became, over time, exceedingly rare. Animals could be raised in larger numbers in one place. Caitians began to settle in larger numbers, centered around a local herd. These were essentially communes, each person helping to maintain the herd and, in turn, getting the food they required from it. There was no hierarchy, though. Each family was, more or less, independent of the others.
This has been the basic model for Caitian society, though it has been extensively modernized. Now, people live around an economic hub of a city or town. All business is done in the commercial center. When business is done, they return to their homes, which are still spaced away from each other but within short distance of the economic center.
The largest cities have come along only recently. They were made mostly for the purpose of accommodating off world visitors and regulating planetary issues.
Society continued to develop into a technological one with the first orbital satellites being launched in 1862. Called K'assira, the first orbiting satellite led to development of the CSEI (Caitian Space Exploration Initiative). An international organization that was funded planet-wide.
In 1885, the first satellite with the ability to beam back detailed images was launched. Before this time, the extent of the southern ice cap was not fully understood. Within the next 20 years, space probes were launched to explore the rest of the Caitian star system, and regular space missions were performed to experiment and research.
The desire to explore the stars fueled rapid technological development. The primary objective was Sotarr, the 4th planet in the Caitian system. Similar to Mars in the Sol system, it was believed that Sotarr may contain life. Cait has a large asteroid moon in a trojan orbit. This asteroid is nearly half the size as Earth's moon with a relatively insignificant gravitational field. As a result, Caitian tides are not very spectacular. It is simply called Rir Assi, or "Sky Rock" and is not held in any regard on Cait. Sotarr was seen as the first real target for manned space exploration.
Most space development was geared only towards the Sotarr landing. It took about 30 years to plan, develop, and implement, but in 1921, Cait landed on Sotarr successfully. This laid the ground work for colonization of Sotarr in 2024.
The Sotarr landing sparked even greater interest in exploring space. Starting in 1925, Cait was actively mapping the stars and trying to find out if they were alone. Within 10 years, the planet had constructed an integrated group of 5 large orbiting telescopes.
They discovered and named many now familiar star systems including Vulcan, Sol, Andoria, Teller, Romulus, and saw the same galaxies that others found such as the Andromeda Galaxy, the Spiderweb Galaxy, and many others found in most astrological texts of other worlds.
Theories from as far back as 1850 postulated about different ways to travel vast distances in space at extreme rates. One in particular had a theory that would revolutionize Caitian society. The author had written down the calculations on a whim, thinking they would not make any sense, but upon further study, he found that while he was far from a workable solution, his calculations had not been disproved as the same time. This would lay the groundwork for warp travel including what would become a rudimentary theory of how subspace operates.
In 1980, the theory from more then a century ago had been revisited. Early tests using new technology and ideas began, and by 2005, they finally had the technology to attempt to develop a workable dilithium powered warp engine. Many prototypes failed, and the program suffered setbacks, but finally the design was refined enough to provide for a workable long range test.
In 2010, Cait broke the warp barrier. In a 60 second flight that took the Caitian warp craft "P'ellam" to the asteroid belt, then a successful return trip, Cait finally had the means to explore the galaxy at the speed of light and faster. In coming years, the design was refined the refitted, and in 2038, Cait broke the Warp 5 barrier to Warp 5.1. Warp 5 remained the standard for Cait for the next 80 years.
Located in a rather barren region of space, the closest habitable star system to Cait is 20 light years away. Eventually this because the New Cait colony. This alone caused Cait to take longer then normal to make contact with anybody. Numerous barren systems laid within reasonable range, and Cait established a small group of long range colonies via orbital habitats and asteroid bases for resource collection.
Cait began to expand outward into Space with small craft similar to Earth's NX fleet and developed a military chartered with exploration of the galaxy, and defense of Cait in the event of hostile contact. To this point though, no contact had been made with another species.
Caitian First Contact
In 2120, Cait made first contact with another species. The first race they encountered were the Kzinti. Finding the race similar to themselves in appearance, it was common belief that most intelligent species would share a similar appearance to themselves as well. Of course scientists believed otherwise, knowing that it was probable that under different conditions, life evolved much differently then Caitians did. In fact, later research shows significant similarities between the two races. It is widely believed that Cait itself was an ancient Khintzi colony that was cut off after a period of regional instability. There is significant evidence to suggest that the Khintzi Patriarchy has been in existence longer then most powers have, and has undergone several internal collapses. The details of which are lost to history or not shared with outsiders. Due to what seems to be a shared heritage, Cait and Khintzi relations were stable, and the Khin attempted to integrate Cait into their government. Cait declined and remained trading partners with the Khintzi for many years.
First contact between the Federation and the Republic of Cait was in 2205. The Caitian exploration vessel CIC L'akarr made contact with the USS Horizon near the Antede system. The crews exchanged greetings and established peaceful relations. For the next ten years, Cait and the Federation were involved in trading. The Caitian outer planets are rich in Dilithium and provided a very profitable relationship.
Over time, relations gradually improved when the Federation did not try to pressure Cait for more dilithium production. Unlike the Khintzi, the Federation respected Cait as having its own free will. The people were pleased by this, and when they were offered a chance for Federation membership in 2234, they accepted, becoming the 93rd planet to join the UFP. The Caitian Military was allowed to remain as a system defense organization, but was eventually absorbed into Starfleet. Starfleet Acadamy set up an admissions testing center in the capitol and established Starbase 189 in orbit of Missatt, the 5th planet in the Cait system as the main center of trade for the region.
- Cait at Memory Alpha