From Bravo Fleet Infobase
Class M (Leaning toward Arid)
8.3 Million UFP ; 184,000 Gorn (estimated)
Pike City (UFP); C'sstus (Gorn)
At a Glance
Cestus III is a triumph of Federation diplomatic skills with a deeply alien, often-incompatible culture. Once a flashpoint for a potential war and one of the most disastrous First Contacts in history, Cestus III is now a stable place of peace. Cestus III is jointly-governed by the United Federation of Planets and the Gorn Hegemony. The planet, which is roughly cut into thirds as political zones, is governed as a separate entity by the two powers.
Despite the success here, the Gorn and the Federation colonists almost never intermingle and when they do, its at neutral border sites intended for such meetings. The Gorn remain as territorial a species as ever. However, Cestus III is the interface of trade between the two powers, and the primary point of diplomatic exchange.
Cestus III is Class M with a warm, arid climate. Most of Cestus is sandy or rocky deserts and savannah, with ocean coast climates similar to the Persian Gulf, Turkey's Bosphorus or the western African coast. Cestus is mountainous and very geologically active, with almost ten percent more tectonic activity than Earth. Canyonlands and chains of mountains commonly break up otherwise large tracts of grassland or other arid terrains. The soils of Cestus III are generally poor except where volcanic activity was common.