From Bravo Fleet Infobase
|Orion Syndicate, The Syndic|
Before 5,600 BCE.
Before 200,993 BCE.
Orion Standard, Vondemese, Botchoki, Kolari, Farian, Markalian, Yridian
Gold-Pressed Latinum, information
Decentralized (varies by cell)
Individual Syndicate-aligned vessels
- 1 At a Glance
- 2 Territorial Control
- 3 Political Structure
- 4 Syndicate Culture
- 5 Point of Origin
- 6 Historical Events
- 7 Criminal & Political Activities
At a Glance
The Orion Syndicate is understood to be the most sophisticated and likely the most widespread criminal cartel in either the Alpha or Beta Quadrants. Soal Qonsur, Freecloud, the Black Nagus, the petty criminals of Nimbus III; they have nothing on the Syndicate's level of rooted subversion. And that is exactly what the Syndicate wants the Alpha Quadrant to think- because it is a front.
Starfleet Intelligence, the Tal Shiar, the former Obsidian Order- all were never able to truly glean the body of the beast. Like a great magician, the Syndicate has them watching its hands and barbed smiles, and they completely ignore the body. The Syndicate is both a Hydra and a Chimera, constantly evolving and growing.
The Syndicate is a criminal mafia, yes, but it is also so much more. It is a philosophy, a conspiracy, and an ancient ordered society with many byzantine layers. It is a school of thought that has brought down Empires. It is a revolution that forced equality at the point of a sword. Those who learn the truth are given two options: join and die later, or die now.
False Fronts and Franchises
True Territorial Extent
The "Truth" (Is a Lie)
The Tip of the Iceberg
Kstahji (a.k.a. The Source)
The K'Stahji, in modern terms, is always a female, as Syndicate rulership has shifted back to the female gender as the preserver of Orionic culture. The K'Stahji is the "first among equals" of the Sym Valqi, though she is seldom elected to the role. The Sym Valqi see the K'Stahji as "The Source," the heart of the flower that binds the petals together.
In practice, the K'Stahji is concerned only with the most overarching of Syndicate dealings- most Tahedrin in the various Syndicate cells and fronts attract no interest from her and do not know of her existence. The K'Stahji's only regular contact is with the Sym Valqi whom she directs according to the disclosures of information she receives from them.
The current K'Stahji is "Pau-Lotra," (meaning "Temple Gardener") who is none other than the late Thakokaheed Shai-Rannu's younger sister. Her origins- even existence- are unknown to those outside of the inner workings of the Syndicate, the Sym Valqi. Pau-Lotra is understood, through an alternate identity, to be a wealthy Kolari named Teshkouvi Kindi who owns an estate on Kolar but spends most of her time in her gardens on Risa. Her alter ego is known as a welcoming humanitarian and tireless patron of Risan cultural heritage. Though of an aristocratic air, she is a genteel, charitable hostess and matron.
Sym Valqi (The Petals)
Ghoja (The Thorns)
Mykaaja (The Roots)
Mykaaja means several things in the Kolari tongue- roots (Mykaa), Houses (Caj), and the school (Q'jali) are all stem-words coming from the origin point of Mykaaja. For those who study High Kolari culture, Mykaaja were the Houses of Pleasure that courtesans sent their sons and daughters to in order to learn how to function in the Thakolarivaj Caju-courts.
Point of Origin
By nature, Orions are not explorers: they are traders and libertarian capitalists, far more consumed by their own culture than interested in others. Over 200,000 years ago, Orions left their homeworld of Orion out of necessity. They stayed in space for the opportunities. But ancient Orion culture was unprepared to encounter alien civilizations, especially those with vastly superior technology, such as the ancient T'Kon. Orions had been comfortably insulated by the notion that they were the only intelligence in a lonely universe: losing that comfort, in typically Orion style, was compartmentalized and dealt with in very patchwork fashion. Some Caju embraced the idea of alien trade, others did not.
Those that did, went on to dominate early Orion settlements on Vondem while the highly conservative Caju, bordering on xenophobia, tended toward Kolar; the Syndicate's origins are found on Kolar and it's vassal worlds. The Orion Diaspora from the homeworld would lead to a series of empires loosely founded on balanced tension, it's people vacillating between relative openness and isolationist thinking for the next two hundred millennia. The Syndicate sought a third path.
If alien contact was inevitable, the Syndicate reasoned, then its influence on the Orion sphere must be blunted. Orion interests and survival must come first, according to the Syndicate. Its early members were more philosophers and politicians than criminal thugs, a mixture of ethnocentric idealists, political powers in the roles of diplomacy and advising, and very, very old Orion oligarchs. The Syndicate has no desire to destroy alien life or rule vast stretches of interstellar space; when it comes to Orion interests, they will control the situation and steer it to slow the erosion of Orion ideals. The Syndicate sees itself as the guardians of Orion culture and it's weaponized sword arm when dealing with the alien.
The Emancipation of Women
The Chameloids of Rastacine
The "Fall" of the Thakovond'caju
The "Fall" of the Final Thakovaj
Criminal & Political Activities
Sovereignty (and Mo'Kai) Aid
Assassination of Sovereign Maruk
Rango IX Jailbreak
New Suliban Movement
Theft of Peliar Zel Relics
Unknown to Federation Intelligence, Syndic-funded fronts on Balanchar and Farius Prime recently undertook a heist of sacred relics on the Federation member planet of Peliar Zel. Several items of a political and religious nature were stolen. The heist itself was a distraction, though it did have the potential for desirable effects on its own. The artifacts taken were eventually "recovered" and sent to Starbase 38 near the mouth of the Barzan wormhole. Starbase 38 was in the midst of a crisis with a species known as the Octanti.
The purpose of the heist was to firstly create tension between two volatile political enemies- Alpha and Beta Moons of Peliar Zel. When the artifacts were stolen, the moons accused one another of the political subversion of their longstanding governing families. The goal was to exacerbate tensions when the recovered artifacts turned out to be forgeries. This would further infuriate the Peliar Zel moons.
Planting evidence that whoever had falsified the relics intended to escape through the wormhole was sown to create confusion and sloppy urgency on the part of Starfleet Intelligence, Starfleet Security and the Peliar Zel Ministry of Antiquities- all who would want to head off a military skirmish between the two moons. If such instability drew away Starfleet resources, so much the better but that was not the central goal. Numerous missteps were planted in the forgeries that suggested replication by Ferengi con artists, including lacing artifacts with Ferengi DNA gathered from vacuum-desiccated remains, and using Ferengi replicators for the forgeries.
The Syndicate's involvement in the heist and what true purpose is behind this distraction remains unknown.