The Azzians

Created by Captain Tyler Malbrooke on Thu Nov 9th, 2017 @ 2:53pm

Species Basics:

Species Name: Azzian (singular), Azzians (plural)
Level of Advancement: The Azzian Technology level is approximately fifty years behind the Federation except in these areas where they are more advanced:

Temporal and dimensional Technology: They are centuries more advanced than the Federation due to their worship of Time and Space. (It should be noted that none of my characters have access in any way to this technology. Their starships are equipped with Temporal drives allowing them to travel within time rather than space.

Holographic technology: Their holograms are considered more “real” than their Federation Counterparts., This is because every aspect of the object is created in a solid form. Federation technology only creates a holographic image of the visible portions of an object where the Azzians create more than just the visible portions. This means that those with allergies will experience reactions to those allergens present in the hologram such as pollen or an insect bite.
Planet of Origin

The entire solar system of the Azzians is located within a temporal space anomaly. This colorful irregularity was discovered by Captain Timothy P. Walters in 2214 and has come to be known within the Federation as the Walter's Temporal Anomaly. Attempts to enter the Anomaly without the Assistance of the Azzians has proved fatal on more than one occasion and up until the Arrival of the first ambassador to successfully make it to Earth, Lei’hallah Asrar 'Inayat Ve’hassi in 2384. It is located in the Beta quadrant just outside established Klingon and Romulan space.

Azzian history dates the anomaly to 486 BNE When the testing of a temporal drive on a starship malfunctioned destroying the ship and effectively sealing of the entire solar system and locking the species away.

There are seven planets in the solar system including the twin suns Dobi’ and Do’dia. This also does not account for the various moons that orbit many of the planets. It should also be noted that the paths taken by these planets around the two suns is much rounder than that of Earth's.

Azzia/Nebar: Azzia is the Azzian homeworld. The name was taken from the mythical race of time and temporal masters who allegedly made them. Most Azzians have begun to call the planet Nebar meaning The home of Time’s Children as belief in their tradition gods weigns. In many ways Azzia resembles Terra, or Earth, as Humans often refer to it, though it is not an an exact replica by any means. At 5735.54 kilometers in diameter and sitting straight rather than tilted on its axis it is approximately 10% smaller in radius than Earth. It has no oceans or high jagged mountain peaks such as are exhibited on several locations of earth. The planet has an average temperature of 26.7 C. Altitude and locations near bodies of water tend to lower the temperature and rather constant degree. The atmosphere has a noticeable increase of oxygen levels compared to Earth its gravity is slightly less than as well.

The planet is an exceptional example of a Class M planet in that it supports carbon based life much as Earth supports Humans and other non sentient life. It boast a wide array of environments from vast forests and glens to inland seas and rolling grassy mountain ranges. It supports a wide variety of living creatures from tiny insects to giant sea creatures.

Nebar is watered is from a heavy dew that rises from underground aqueducts. Nebar has never experienced precipitation in the form of rain or snow and yet is lush and fertile boast a large variety of flora and fauna.

All life is subject to the fertility cycle the Azzians refer to as Sodi’onar. Every four years the planet experience an astounding 12 month period of rapid growth and rebirth. The Azzians themselves are part of this being forced to mate with an individual of the opposite sex or face extinction much as Vulcans experience during their Pon farr.

The population on Azzia itself is 537 million scattered over the seven provinces of the planet.

Starbase Ho’dis: Established in 2322 and has a population of 1,800. It serves primarily as a repair depot and a military strongpoint housing a few starships and crew.

Dovri’: Next planet closer to the suns is 3537 KM in diameter and is relatively cold. Seen as a purple dot in the night sky from Nebar, it is more blue in appearance outside the vapor canopy. Colonized in 1878 BNE and has a population of 12 thousand.

Starbase Jovi’: Established in 1807 BNE before the planet itself. It has a population of 1.3 thousand and serves as a vacation spot for many Azzians.

Sav’dotil: This Saturn like planet with three moons and a series of rings is the next planet closest to the sun. Sav’dotil is 5467 KM in diameter and can be seen from Nebar though as a white dot without the aid of a telescope. Colonized in 2416 BNE it has a population of 16 thousand.

Starbase 4546: Current station established in 2206 and has a population of 1,500.

Av’bia: Largest planet in the Azian Solar System and is about the size of Jupiter, 13771.143733 Kilometers. It is a rust color and was colonized in 3146 BNE. It supports a population of 8 thousand.

Starbase Bak’davi: Serving as research center and a vacation get away, the starbase houses labs, holodecks and a remarkable atrium. Established 2106, it has a population of 1.8 thousand.

Fasal’: The planet closest to suns, it is the hottest and most inhospitable. Boasting an average temperature of 474.444 C it is 56407 KM in diameter. The last of the planets to be colonized in 1582 ANE it has a population on the surface of 8 thousand.

Starbase Val’tos: The first of the starbases established around Fasal’ that is still in use. It has been in service since 2284 and has a population of 2.6 thousand.

Starbase Kov’dao: Established in 2304 and has a population of 1.3 thousand.

Dobi': The larger of the two suns, Dobi follows Lo’dia for the first six months of the year before appearing to take the lead. It is the farthest away from Nebar and thus appears smaller from the planet’s surface. Dobi’ is used as a representation of the female gender in legend and folklore.

Lo’dia: Closer to Nebar than Dobi’ and is the first seen in the Nebar sky as it makes it’s trek from east to west for the first six months before it switches with Dobi’. It is seen as the male counterpart to Dobi’ and looks slightly larger from their homeworld.

Military Starbases:
Dav’haut: The Dav’haut, or the ring of starbases acting similar to shields as they are referred to,is a series of thirty starbases spread throughout the solar system. These are military bases and as such are staffed primarily with military personnel. These house battle ships, cruisers, and other military starships as well as personnel. Combined they boast a population of 6.8 thousand.
Civilian Starbases not associated with a planet:
Ko’jot 775: Located within the anomaly between Fasal’ and Av’bia it provides a starbase maintenance and shipyard it boasts a population of 4 thousand.

Created or Evolved?:

Summary of Evolution
The Azzians have been a sentient species for 1.7 Billion years. The first sentient beings were not near as evolved as the current species. Called Ad’oli by the Azzians they were the first primates to be have received the status. They went extinct around 1.3 Billion years ago but not before they evolved into a new species known as Kati’oli

The Kati’oli were a bit more intelligent and known for creating the first canoes. The walked a little more upright than their predecessors and there is evidence that mainly groups emerged. They became extinct some 830 Million years ago.

Following them were the Sav’oli. These made thatched huts rather than living in caves or forest floors as the Ad’oli. Early math seems to be exhibited at this time as well and from hieroglyphic writing it is obvious that an alien species had visited them.

Finally the Azzian Species emerged around eight million years ago along with the pictorial language they still use today. The Kati’oli seem to have gone extinct shortly after the arrival of the Azzian species. The exact reason for this is unknown.

General Species Overview:

Azzians are considered or at least have become a peaceful species. They are gaining a reputation now that they have ventured from the confines of the temporal anomaly 94 years ago and have only recently begun to associate with other species. They are scientist, scholars and experts in Temporal and dimensional studies.

Considered highly intelligent and thoughtful though some of their traditions are thought to be quarterly or peculiar.

Service to others is highly prized rather than wealth of physical prowess and in fact those of the Imperial family are known for their careers in service fields such as teaching and medicine.

The Azzians are a long lived species where individuals can expect a lifespan around four hundred years years and age extremely slow once they reach puberty only showing signs of frailty once they reach their late three hundreds.

Species Physicality Overview

The Azzians have two sexes, male and female. Their appearance is strikingly like humans and are easily mistaken for them. Internal organs of both species are in in the same location though at more microscopic levels there are several differences.

Their eyes at birth to puberty are rather dark causing them to resemble the blackness of Betazoid eyes. Azzian children's eyes are not actually black but are dark shades of blue, grey, green, copper, Brown, Hazel, red and even violet. Once they reach puberty both sexes undergo a bilateral heterochromia where their retinal pigment epithelium cells flake off and are released into the aqueous humus, the liquid in the eye, and then out through the trabecular meshwork, the duct system that allows the clear liquid to move around. Generally this loss of pigment in Azzians is referred to as the Bak’tov, translated “the lightning,” takes place over the course of three to six months and when finished both eyes will be a lighter shade and similar in color to each other.

Other differences of note:
● Sex Hormones: There are two additional sex hormones produced by Azzians that other species do not have. Scientist within the Federation have given them the names Follicle-stimulating hormone 184 and Prolactin 23. These are sexual hormones unique to Azzians and are found in both sexes. They are involved in spermatogenesis and in the production of pheromones.
● Pheromones: Both genders release unique pheromones though the female produces considerably more and different ones than their male counterparts. It should be noted that these do not seem to have an effect on other species.
● DNA: Azzians have a quad-helix rather than the double helix displayed in most other species. This is the biggest hurdle to reproduction with other species. As of yet there is no acceptable method to accomplish this.
● Additional Brain Lobes: Looking something like bifurcated or split temporal lobes. These are the source of their telepathic ability and the minor ability to detect a shift in time or dimension.

Physical Description

Males: The male gender, as with humans, are slightly taller than their female counterparts. Males reach an average height of 179.6 cm and look strikingly like male human males.

Females: Females appear surprisingly like human females though as noted earlier as adults they all have pale eyes and as children all have dark eyes. They reach an average height of 166.9 cm and look identical to Human Females.

Mating and Reproduction

Average age of sexual maturity and age of infertility:

The average age that Azzians reach sexual maturity is 13. When they reach this stage in life They experience the loss of eye pigmentation over the course of three to six months and become telepathic. Both sexes become sexually active and will experience their first Sodi’onar the next time it comes around.They become telepathic at this age as well.

Females start menopause around the age of three hundred and fifty while males are able to impregnate a female into their late three hundreds.

Rituals or traditions:

Women typically are the aggressor in relationships. They ask the men out on dates and they try to get their attention. Often they are the ones to request bonding rather than their male counterpart though culturally either sex may do so.

Azzian males are expected to have seven wives or more accurately telepathically bonded women. There are several reasons why this has become Back when the temporal anomaly was formed in 954 ANE. During the accident Hav’oki rays, a form of radiation closely related to temporal radiation, caused Immediate changes to the Azzian way of life. Following the accident a third of the male population died instantly from exposure to the radiation. Those that survived lived a shorter lifespan, about a hundred years rather than their standard four hundred. Future generations showed that y chromosome sperm were in greatly reduced numbers. Although females had always outnumbered males the event has created an even greater disparity.

Several attempts to address the problem have been made.Cloning of males was tried in a effort to close the gap.They were much more aggressive and violent than other males and were often either completely sterile or only having x chromosomes in their sperm. Fertility interventions were attempted as well. Artificial insemination of laboratory fertilized eggs designed to become baby boys was attempted these eggs were either naturally aborted or if they produced a boy the child died in less than a year from birth. Injection of seminal fluid through a more normal means such as injection into the uterus that only contained Y chromosome sperm was attempted as well with no real success. Other fertility treatments designed to insure the birth of a boy have not been successful. miscarriages of boy fetuses is more common than girls though the exact reason is not known. Currently there are seven females to every male.

Another is that the First Emperor of the New Empire chose seven women, one from each province as his wives once he assumed the throne. They do not have to take all seven at one time though it does happen.

Both genders will engage in sexual activity from puberty. They will have numerous partners throughout their lives even if they become bonded.

It is not uncommon for women to already have children from other fathers to whom they have not been bonded or are no longer bonded to when they choose a bonds mate.. It is important to note that sex outside of a committed relationship happens on a regular basis and is seen as healthy.

Once a male is bonded to a female he will establish a family compound which may include unmarried siblings if they wish. Females are as might be expected the ones who make most of the decisions in the home and in regard to child rearing. Children are raised by the entire family unit, not just by their birth mother and they often will refer to all their father’s wives as their mother. Birth mothers are often referred to as Somi’ doki or “the one who gave me Birth,” if they are wanting to distinguish them. In a phrase they may shorten this title to Somi’. Example: Kav’lot is my Somi’. Or “my Somi’ said I couldn’t go.”

It should be noted that Men are unable to bond to other men. For centuries this issue has been worked on but bonds between them either are unsuccessful or result in one or both of them become mentally ill as a result. Women are able to bond with other females much as the “Wives” are able to share a combined link. It is not know why males cannot though it is believed pheromones play a role. This does not eliminate the possibility of two males having a relationship, just that they cannot telepathically bond.

Fertility Cycle
All Azzians enter what is known as Sodi’onar, a four year cycle similar to the Vulcan Pon farr. The term is often used to describe both the cycle and the year in which the event takes place. They do not experience it all at one time but over the course of the year. The culture relishes the event with a year long celebration. During Sodi’onar the Azzians must mate or they will first begin to lose mental control, either become violent or depressed. Often they will swell with bodily fluids before they go into a catatonic state and eventually die.

At present there are no commonly used methods to circumvent the Sodi’onar. Holograms have been attempted and even with the addition of the appropriate pheromones as of yet there has not been much success. Seeing there has been so little contact with other species it is not known if a carbon based life form rather than a hologram were used it would be more effective. If an individual fails to have a bonded mate another of the opposite sex will be fine but must be an Azzian because of the important role the pheromones possessed by the opposite gender play. There are ritualistic treatment measures performed by trained medical professionals if there is a delay in mating but no cure if a mate cannot be found.

Copulation practices: Same as humans.

Gestation period and birth:
Once a female is pregnant she will carry the offspring for 12 months. Labor on average takes anywhere from four to eight hours though in comparison to other species is not quite as painful.

There are a number of traditions surrounding the birth of a child follows by the Azzians. After the ten month mark of pregnancy the expectant mother will visit her birth mother and stay there until three months after the child is born. This tradition started centuries ago primarily because some expectant mothers needed extra care and even became confined to their beds. This also allowed for the Grand mother on the maternal side to spend some important time with their daughter and later with the new born child giving support if needed to the recovering mother. There are exceptions to this rule. Male Ambassadors, for instance traditionally would bring their expectant bonded women with them. This was thought to be an indication of trust on the part of the Azzians and if the child was born while on foreign soil it was thought to be a blessing both for the child and for those the ambassador had been sent to.

Birth typically takes place in the home with a skilled Jo’bita or midwife. It is thought that if the child is born at home among family it will be in a more supportive and natural environment than a medical facility. Medical care is always close by as the Jo’bita has the ability to do a location to location transfer of the mother and child to a medical facility. The processes is typically performed in a warm bath without any anesthetic. Having the child this way it is believed helps alleviate some of the pain associated with childbirth for the mother, is more natural and less of a shock to the newborn baby. The other bonded women and the birth mother are typically present when birth takes place. No men are allowed to be in the room when this occurs. Again Father’s being present is thought to cause more tension for the mother and every effort to make her experience less stressful and comfortable. The exact origin of this practice is unknown though tradition states that the first emperor was never present at any of his children’s births and that the mothers went to see their mothers before the event. Most women claim that the nervous father would only make the experience all that much more stressful.

Fathers are notified via a flower arrangement of the gender of the child and the time of birth. If the child is a boy they are sent Red Boci’, a large orchid like flower. Girls are announced by an arrangement of blue Da’lati, a flower similar to the Terren cabbage rose. To mark the time of birth there is one bloom for each hour and for minutes a single stem of Of’dala, similar to pussywillow, for each minute. Sometimes a small printed card is sent along with the arrangement.

Compatibility with other species -
Azzians are unable to procreate with any other species do to their unusual genetics. The quad helix structure of their DNA has been problematic in the creation of offspring with other species.

Familial Society

Equity of the Sexes
Both sexes are considered equal within the Azzian society. Both parents make decisions regarding children and life in general though the males are seen as the leaders of family units. In reality the women make just as many if not more decisions than males do.

Both sexes participate in politics equally and hold careers based on personal choice rather than deciding base on their sex. Their religious beliefs and folklore both help to reinforce this cultural norm.

Property, such as land ownership tends to pass down through the males though it is not uncommon for females to own property and to inherit it if a male offspring is not present or the parents make the decision to. This is primarily because society expects the males to start the families and have a place to house their family units.

Birth order is of little importance. All children are generally seen as equal and receive an equal inheritance upon the passing of the parents or their decision to disperse their wealth.
Of more importance is if a child is born during Fas’vorda, the year following Kal’vorda, the four year reproductive cycle. These are seen as being special though there are no statistics that show they are smarter or in other ways different than other children, there are just more of them born during this year.

Also those with special needs are considered a blessing to their family. An example is Ko’ Diono, or “visions of the blessed ones,”which is a severe learning disability makes reading characters of any sort an impossibility. This a condition similar to Dyslexia though more acute. It is considered a high honor to have such a child and resources are provided for the care and support of such children. This tradition started with the first Emperor of the New Empire, Kas’Vali Ve’hassi. The story is told how he saw a neglected child needing assistance to walk. He took the child into his own home, reproved the parents for their neglect and set an example as to how such individuals should be treated. According to the story the child grew up to be an influential member of parliament and found a cure for his own condition.
Marriage Customs:
The marriage ceremony as other cultures perceive it, Is actually illegal among Azzians. Being considered extremely cruel and inhuman as it was practiced for centuries among them , was a means of controlling women. They became property rather than equals. Being bound as such for their lives eventually became a women's rights issue and so the practice was terminated in favor of a bonding ritual.

For a man of twenty not to have formed a family unit is extremely rare and comes with a great deal of shaming. Males, whether they are attracted to females or not, are expected to bond with at least seven females. This is due to the fact that there is a ratio of seven females to every male. In addition, they go through a period every four years similar to the Vulcan Pon farr known as Kal’vorda and without a mate of the opposite gender they will die. This reinforces the cultural custom and makes it difficult to merely have relations with individuals of their own sex.

There is, however, an ancient ritual known as Asmo'ti still practiced among the Azzians. This is the closest they get to an actual marriage ceremony. Though pledges of loyalty are exchanged between the man and the women involved it does not have a legal component that enforces their union. It does provide a rather intricate ceremony which includes a dance by the women, the exchanging of traditional oaths and a bonding ceremony. With it’s origins with the Kov’dalosi religion it is actually rare to perform the Asmo’ti in its entirety. Often the exchanging of vows or oaths is omitted even if the rest of the ceremony is performed. The women undergo a three day beatification ceremony prior to the ritual in which henna like tattooing takes place. They adorn themselves with excessive amounts of jewelry for the event that is often passed down from generation to generation and gowns that often take years to create by hand. These gowns are silken and highly hand embroidered and embellished with beads, pearls and stones. The exact choice of material, color and design of the gowns and other aspect of the ritual vary from one province to another.

It is not uncommon for sisters to be bonded to the same man. There are taboos against bonding to a child of one of a woman a man is bonded to and other relatives as in other cultures, but siblings sisters being bound to the same man is quite common.

Familial Relationships-
Husband and wife: As mentioned earlier there is a bonding and family unit consisting of a single male and at least seven females. These individuals are mentally bonded together are shared responsibilities in the home. Often the wives make decisions about which wife will be spending time with the husband taking turns to ensure they all have time to be intimate with their significant other.

Mother and son: Mothers are expected to help their sons learn how to treat females, explain sex and go on what are called Da’tano, a type of play date where the pair interact over a meal or activity to give the male an idea of how to court a young woman. Sons are taught domestic responsibilities such as cooking and cleaning just as frequently as females.
Mother and daughter: Mothers are expected to train the daughters to be good mothers and wives. They are expected to take an equal place in the society as their male counterparts and so Mother’s take special care to teach their daughters not only proper etiquette, how find and attract a husband and to perform domestic duties but also how to stand up for one's self.

Father and son: Fathers are expected to show their sons how to treat a woman, how to choose their wives and the culturally acceptable ways to address them. They must instill in them the important knowledge of how to treat their “wives” as equals.

Father and daughter: Father’s generally are in a supportive role when it comes to Daughters though they too will take their daughters on play dates much like the mothers do for their sons. Often they will act as a “surrogate husband” in that as the Mothers are teaching them proper etiquette and cultural practices they act out the roll of the husband. It is his job as well to encourage and uplift his daughters in an effort to help them marry well.

Husband to wife’s family: The family of the bride will accept the husband but is seldom taken into the family readily. They are often more of an acquaintance than family.
Wife to husband’s family: Wives will typically be “adopted” into the husband's family and treated as a sibling.

Sibling to sibling: No matter who the birth mother is all the children are treated as equals. Even children that were born before the marriage are considered as equals to the others and will be accepted by the new father as such. There is the rivalry that typically happens between siblings but that is discouraged. The bond between sisters is stronger than brothers as a rule.
Child to grandparent: Grandparents tend to spoil their grandchildren though regardless if gender or whom the birth mother was all children on their daughter’s husband are treated as theirs. They will often reinforce the cultural training they receive from their parents.

Type of Government: The Azzians have a constitutional Empire. All public officials, including the Emperor/Emperor are elected, though that position is elected to serve for life and is part of the Imperial family.

Established by Kas’Vali Ve’hassi in 1423 BNE after he united the clan-like warring factions that ruled Nebar for over six hundred years.

- Current leader of Government: Das’vio Hav’ol Jov’oli Ve’hassi is the currently elected Emperor. Elected at the age of 256 he has been a widely popular leader and authorized the attempt to contact the Federation over eighty years ago. At age 340 Das’vio is still keen minded It is not known whether he will seek another election victory.

- Individuals/Families of note:
Hov’lok Gavi’ Dob’ni Ve’hassi: Head of the Upper house of Parliament
Sod’Loti Joi’ho Dabito: Head of Lower house of Parliament
Gov’ Had’bo Doni’sal Ve’hassi: Current Ambassador to the Federation

Many in the Imperial family serve in various areas of the government. The upper house of parliament is almost exclusively filled with members of the family. New Ambassadors, department heads and others can claim the first emperor somewhere in their lineage.

Ambassador Afli’okti Dov’jao Hoto’ Sako’tob Ve’hassi: Azzian Ambassador to the Federation. She is the second of two successful Ambassadors to the Federation and has a staff of twenty seven. She is seen as a National Hero for her efforts in Negotiations regarding the Treaty with the Federation.

Breakdown of Territories
The Azzians have a single government and the landmass of their homeworld covers the entire surface of the planet.Natural landmarks such as Inland seas, mountain ranges, rivers and streams served as natural dividers of various regions that for the lines for each of the provinces on Azzia. Many of the colonies and starbases carry on the traditions of their parent provinces on Azzia that sponsored and made up the majority of their populations.

The Azzian empire on their homeworld consists of Seven provinces spanning the entire globe. . Each brings a different flair to the world and their existence.

Tou’ diasho Provence:
The Tou’ diasho provence is often thought of as the land of waters. There are many lakes and streams that cross its woodland landscape. Its food is reminiscent of Italian.
Dov’ gali: The capital city of the Province, Dov’gali boasts a population of nearly elevin million people. Located on the borders of the Dab’gi sea it is a modern and thriving area known mostly for its universities, museums and trade.
Sigo’: Located not far from Dov’gali still on the Dab’gi sea sigo’ is an ancient city popular with tourists. The rolling hills and plains surrounding the land based portions of the city. The population is 93 thousand/ Nov’ omi: Major agricultural center thrives from the crops produced in the surrounding countryside preparing them for export to the colonies and throughout the Azzian Homeworld.
Kip’lot: Divided by the River Ho’dvi the city Kiplot sit around two major divisions as the waterway breaks into smaller rivers. Boat festivals are held here along with the Great Kip’lot, a boar race held once every four years. Population is 287 thousand.

Gov’ domi Province:
Thought of as the land of rolling planes. The Gov’ domi Provence has vast fertile land used for agriculture, especially orchards and vineyards. Wineries are found in the southwest region of the Province and their products are shipped throughout Nebar. They are also just beginning to be sold within the Federation. It also share an edge of the Dov’gali and the Hov’kao waterway.
Hov’ ko: Largest city in the Province. With a population over over 14 million it also borders the Dab’gi sea. Known for its trade and city culture Hov’ko also boasts a large space academy.
Fa’ sia: This small city is known for its wine tasting festivals. A major tourist destination for connoisseurs the more rural setting surrounded by vineyards and wineries.
La’goi: the city of canals, La’goi has few land traffic routes and intersected by a series of interconnecting canals and waterways. With a population of only 37 thousand it is a thought of as a romantic hidaway.

Kov’ dovi Province:
Neighbors Tou’ diasho to its west Kov’ dovi boasts just as fertile of ground as it’s neighbor though it is known also for large lake known as Do’ govi and its beer and an olive like fruit called Dobik’. The fruit can be eaten fresh, processed and canned or pressed into oils.
Li’for: With a population of six million. Li’for is the largest city in the Kov’dovi Province. Having two waterfronts the city is a popular tourist destination and famous for its west side eateries and south side shopping. Ki’for boasts a poppulation of 6.3 million
Gri’ oval: This city is the Dobik’ capital though Li’for is the capital city of the province. Altough celebrations regarding the olive like fruit occur all over the province the largest one is in held here. Population 73 Thousand.
Sevo’: Built along the Hov’Lit River, Servo’ is one of the oldest cities in the planet. With ancient structures over a thousand years in age still standing, many still occupied, the city is filled with museums, small shops and music festivals. Population is 38 thousand.
Wosil’: known as the beer capital, Wosil’ hosts several festivals every year. With older architecture and smaller building the city has many breweries both large and small and a population of 1.2 million

Jot’ Kovit Province:
The most tropical, thou types of palms grow in every province other Tora’ Gong, It borders Kov’ dovi to its south and Gov’domi to the West with Sav’ Jovic to the East. It has several sandy beaches and is the warmest of all the provinces.
Div’ari: Known as the City of Paradise Div’ari is often thought of as a vactation destination. This this might be true it boasts a population of over nine six million and is a major economic powerhouse.
Ho’dipa: this city is spread across a range of rolling hills not far from the waters of lake Fa’toji. The population is around 257 thousand.
Gavi’: Known as a tourist destination, Gavi’ boasts 17 public beaches and over 800 hotels. The population of this city not including guests is 47 thousand.

Sav’ Jovic Province:
Known for its picturesque mountains and deciduous pine like trees Sav’ Jovic boasts that it was the home of the first emperor. Having three observatories on separate peaks and several universities one would never have known it was once the poorest of areas on the planet.
Va’ lodi: Built on a single mountain, Va’lodi is a tiered city with a grand view of Lake Ko’davi. Tunnels through the mountain connect the unusual city to each of the sides of the mountain. Its population is 3.8 million.
Gri’mil: The city of seven hills as Gri’mil is sitting on a group of hills and their valleys. The view is considered rather picturesque with homes making up the largest portion of the city. Population is 184 thousand.

Hob’ Togal Province:
The most arid it has the only dessert on the planet. Their hot springs bring many tourists and Sorgit’, the largest inland sea runs nearly the length of its western border.
Ev’ mozi: The capital city of the province, Ev’mozi is boasts the largest assortment of architects and ship designers of any city.
Si’kom: This city is located on the edge of the So’kiv, the largest desert on Azzia.

Tora’ Gong Province:
Home of the Azzian Upper and Lower Parliament Most of the Empire's political centers are located here. Having large bodies of water to its south and West Tora’ gong has been a trade center for many centuries. It is known for the tall trees that grow in its forests known as Job’ diga that grow in groups of eight, one male and seven females.Though there are similar trees in every province these are the tallest and bloom twice a year, six times during the fourth year.The Abi’so family of trees all have this peculiarity. Every provence uses them as an example of how the “ideal” Azzian family unit works seeing they support each other and there are the prefered number of each sexes in the grouping. Professional grounds keepsers will take these trees and form a gazebo like structure known as a Ga'falin.
Dao’chi: Known as the Emperor’s Home. The Imperial Palace is here along both houses of parliament. The Azzian Board of Health is headquartered here as is the Military Command Center. Streets are broad and several gardens and parks are located throughout the city.
Di’omi: Known as the garden city, di’omi is located on the shores of Lake Tovi’ and hosts a variety of floral and fauna displays throughout the year. Though its population is relatively small at 22 thousand.
Ta’giv: situated on the edge of the Hav’el Forest. Many stands of Job’diga. Many of these are large enough to form vacation homes within.
Ba’kon: Probably one of the sweetest Cities on the planet. Ba’kon is home to many candy making facilities and their confections are shipped throughout the empire.
Feva’: Surrounding lake Cov’dako, this city started out as a small town and slowly grew to take in the entire lake. The population is 143 thousand.

Governmental Hierarchy/Branches:

Empirical Level Government:
The Emperor/Empress is elected for life and serves as the political leader for the entire Azzian species. He or she may express their political opinions but does not form laws. Emperors or Empresses are elected for seven years but may continue indefinitely to run for the office. The candidates for the highest office may be drawn from any part of the Imperial family though they typically come from a small branch of the family most keenly interested in politics.

Empirical Legislature Branch:
The creation of laws is the responsibility of the legislature. It consists of an upper and lower branch which. Members of both houses serve on a four year bases but not all are elected at the same time. Each year a quarter of the these elected seats are up for reelection.

Empirical Judiciary Branch:
This is the supreme court system of the Azzian Empire. The constitutionality of laws are challenged here and their decisions that affect all the provinces. Judges are generally over two hundred years old when they are elected to their positions. They serve four years before their term is up. They can only be elected twice before they must step down from their position.

Provincial Level Government:
At the Provincial level and even at the city level the concept is carried on.

Province Level Government:
Ed’oki (Governor): Ed’oki are elected to four year terms and have a two term limit. Upper House: Upper house members may serve two seven year terms but may run for other offices.
Lower house: Terms in the lower branch are only four years though the politician may serve four terms.
Judicial: Judges are elected to four year terms. Each Judge may serve their entire life if continually elected.

City Level Government
Hov’daki (Mayor): Like Ed’oki they serve four year terms and may only be reelected once. They must also live in the city they are mayer of.
Civic council: The civic council is elected to two year terms though they may serve four terms.
Judicial: Judges are elected to four year terms and may serve indefinitely.

Kov’avic Brikto’: This is an organization that is trying to force the Empire to become more militaristic. Their leader Kov’dao Boli’ They have attempted to start hostilities so that the “glory of the Empire” might be restored. So far their attempts have failed.

Intraplanetary Species Relations: There are no other species of intelligent life on their homeworld.

Interspecies Diplomatic Relations:
Seeing the Azzian have been isolated for many centuries and are just now venturing out once again past the edge of their solar system their relationship with other species is rather new and rapidly evolving.

It should be known that the vast majority of contact the Azzians have had since the creation of the Temporal Anomaly is with the Federation and that primarily on Earth or with ambassadors that have come to visit Azzia.

Humans: The relationship with Humans and the Federation is tentative at best though Humans are thought to be more agreeable than some other species. Eighty seven years ago the Federation was involved in the disabling and eventual deaths of the Azzian Ambassador, His Pregnant Wife and six other that were part of the Ambassador's entourage. Though they do not hold all the responsibility for the instance the Federation holds the majority of the responsibility for the event and the coverup. The coverup included falsifying records, knowingly incorrectly labeling the newborn child a Genetically Altered human, placing the child in a genetic research center where he would be used as a research subject and abused, hiding the spacecraft were they attempted to steal the technology from the starship and holding the bodies of the dead for further study.

The Federation has made a formal apology and at the request of the Azzian Government returned the ship and remains of the eight individuals killed. Relations between humans and Azzian remain cordial though to say the Azzians still are cautious would be an understatement.

Vulcans: Aside from the members of this species associated directly with Starfleet there has been been direct contact with the Vulcan government and scientific community. Relations with the Vulcans are good and they have allowed various scientist to come and study their world, solar system and the people. Though the Azzians do not understand the apparent preoccupation with Logic they do understand their desire for learning.

Klingons: Though part of the Federation Azzians keep their distance from both their closest neighbors. Klingons have many legends that paint the Azzians as ruthless, aggressive overlords though the events these are based on happened a few thousand years earlier and the facts are more than a bit hazy. There was an attempted assassination on the first Azzian Ambassador to the Federation. Though it was not successful tensions grew between them. Later when at attempt was made to plant explosive devices at the Azzian Ambassadorial offices the klingon ambassador and staff were expelled from Nebar and their solar system.

Romulans: Relations with the Romulans are quite tense. They, like the Klingons, hold long standing grudges based more on lore and myth than on reality. During a scientific expedition to examine the Azzian yellow cat, an endangered species on Nebar, the Romulan ambassador and his assistant attempted to kill one of these rare cats. The Ambassador and his staff were expelled from Azzian Space.

Betazoids: Betazoids have the best relationship with the Azzians of any Federation species at this point. With both being telepathic species, though different and to varying degrees, that connection has formed some comradery.

Religion name: Kov’dalosi
Currently practiced: The religion is currently practice by a small segment of the population. That does not mean it is not popular. The majority of Azzians actually believe in the bases of the religion although they do not practice it.
Deity/Deities: Azzi, a race of people the religion claims can guide its practitioners.
Religious hierarchy: Priests, Monks, Practitioners
How big of a role does this religion play in day to day life: The belief plays a major role in the lives of the Azzians. It affects many areas if their society. Medical treatments are often based off of information provided in the sacred writings including rituals, herbs and meditation. Politics and family life are both affected as well. Whether or not they are a follower or not the Belief that the answers to life’s problems lies in the future is believed by more than the estimated 87% of the species that claim the religion as their own.

A summary of the belief system:
According to the Ancient writings the Azzi they created the Azzians and then guided them millennia ago. There is no historical proof that they ever existed though it is still widely believed they did. Most believe these are Azzians from the future and not a new and unique species that actually created them.
Relationship between this religion and government: Although the government does not directly support the religion the majority of those serving in all areas of government follow it. It is also so closely tied with other cultural norms that even those not practicing it find themselves adhering to its precepts. Thus, their laws and other decisions are in many ways directed by their personal beliefs.
Relationship between this religion and other religions of this species: there are no other practiced religions among the Azzians.

Popular Culture:

Famous Historical Figures:
Kas’Vali Ve’hassi: First Emperor of the New Empire, is considered by many as a hero. Statues to him can be found in every corner of the Empire and those who have any hereditary connection to the empire are proud to admit it. Though it stops short of Emperor worship books museums and historical retellings surrounding him are prevalent throughout the empire.
D4avi’ Kot’oli Dalo’s: Infamous Ruler of the Prov’oti. In 1121 Davi’ rounded up and killed over 22 million of what he called, “degenerates.” These were individuals from a religion known as Kosi’dovi’, a peaceful belief system that disapproved of colonization of other worlds.

Dok’ Far’dia Boti’: Founder of Kov’dalosi, The Azzian primary religion. Dok’ spread the belief that in the key to their survival could be found in both their past and in their future. He advocated not only the study of ancient events but also the use of temporal technology for the purpose of observing and gaining additional information from both the past and the future to make better informed decisions. Most of his followers were never actually able to travel back and forth through time though there were and still are portals where one can see into the past or future depending on when it is set. These, however, have been purposely destroyed to avoid other cultures getting ahold of the technology and with the wisdom that comes from experience deciding it was not safe to meddle in the temporal line. The religion persists though in a more controlled form where practitioners meditate to clear their minds and study ancient writings and as well as those written supposedly about the future.

Other Traditons
Azzian Courtyard: Traditionally every home has a courtyard. Each has three elements that are alway present though they vary slightly between provinces.
Gassov’: The Gasov’ or Suns Dial is similar to the sundials found on earth only it tracks both of the suns.
Das’li: The Das’li or history pool is a shallow rectangular pool. The sides and bottom are covered with Tiled murals depicting the history of the empire.
Ga'falin: This a gazebo like structure created by eight trees. Seven of them are female trees and one is male. Their branches and roots are intertwined to form the structure. In family dwellings that do not have a courtyard they will have miniature versions of these on display in their homes.

Dos’licri: Something every Azzian has is a Dos’jicri. This is a brooch made from a silvery metal and a stone set in the middle. These stones are alway round in shape and centered in the filigree setting. When they first were implemented many centuries ago the stones were selected to indicate the social class. For instance the Imperial family has a Sapphire blue stone surrounded by a silver filigree with the individual's name engraved in their hieroglyphic language around the border.

Costumes: Both men and women wear traditional apparel that hasn’t changed much in hundreds of years. These vary some depending on what province they are from but there are some major similarities.

Coga’: For females the Coga’ has been the dress they wear. Resembling the indian sari.Exactly how this dress is formed and decorated depends much on where the female is from.

Job’do: this is the male traditional costume. With pants that are rather baggy and embroidered often there is a long sleeve shirt and a coat that accompany it. Details vary from province to province

Festival of Sodi’onar: Practiced everywhere within the empire the festival celebrates not just the fertility cycle as it relates to Azzians but also to its entire homeworld. Displays of the lush growth and abundance of fruits, vegetables, grains and flowers are celebrated leading to great feast days. Young adults that have just undergone puberty take part in the selection of an Emperor and bonds women. During the celebration a young man and seven young ladies are selected much like queens and their court might be for various events on earth. Once the selection is made they will take part in a variety of parades through cities and more rural areas. Although sex is a major part of the celebration it is not done in public though in some cities special areas are arranged for such activities to take place.
Sod’goti: This is similar to a christening. An infant child is bathed in Fah’loti water.(This is actually normal H2O with fah’loti flowers and oil.) and performed by a priest.
Espali: Azzian babies are swaddled traditionally. The material that is used for it is known as a Espali and it typically very soft and silky.

Dov’latel: This is a traditional party held in honor of a young person as they complete puberty. Once their eyes have lightened, a mark of sexual maturity, individuals of both genders will participate in a traditional celebration. It involves food and friends of their same age who have already gone through are are in the process of becoming sexually mature. This is not as it might sound an opportunity for sexual exploration but rather an opportunity to celebrate a milestone in the person's life. Though the exact details involved in the celebration vary from province to province it is customary for the child to learn a poem that they recite and for gifts to be given to the individual for whom the celebration is given.
Doga’bi: Doga’bi or Emperor Day is an annual celebration of the beginning of New Empire. Typically there are parades and reenactments of the events that led directly to the first emperor taking the throne. A prominent member of the Imperial family will give a speech locally and a televised event will be broadcast throughout the empire. Fireworks are used as part of the celebration and a community meal is often served in the evening as part of the celebration.

Well-known Tales:
Dobi’; and Lo’dia: The story of the two suns. Traditionally Dobi’ is the male and Lo’dia is a female. As they change position in the sky over Azzia where one seems to be leading the path across the sky for six months and then they change switch where the other is in the lead. The moral to be learned from this is the equality of the two sexes and that each have good ideas and that each should respect the other.
The Emperor and his wife's: Shortly after Kas’Vali Ve’hassi assended to the throne he married seven women. This set a president, an idea that is followed by every Azzian. Though marriage is banned they still strive to have family units consisting of seven women and one male.
The rings of Sav’dotil: The rings around the planet Sav’dotil have long been sued in metaphor and in stories to show how a country should be united and working together. Saying like we need to be united like the rings of Sav’dotil can be heard frequently in this context.
Dov’ goti’s fables: Much like the aesop's fables of Earth These allegories and tales are designed to teach cultural lessons to the youth.

Customary Greetings and other sayings:
There are several greetings that use said throughout the empire much like the Vulcan’s “live long and prosper,” here are just a few of them.
"May time grace you favorably," This is the most common greeting.
“May there be peace in your time”
“May time smile on your endeavors”
“May the river of time be kind to your dreams”

Cultural Advantages/Disadvantages:
To Azzians cultural advantages rare and to outsiders could be considered somewhat odd.

Fas’vorda Children: Children born the year after Sodi’onar are seen to be at an advantage to others. Though there are no statistical data that actually proves an advantage these children are seen as stronger, healthier and more attractive than others. The only real difference is that more children are born during Fas’vorda than any other year.

Special Needs: Those with physical or mental challenges are often considered genuinely special or gifted. They hold a special place in the Azzian Culture and fair amount of resources are spent on creating a much better life for them. Cures and methods of coping with challenges are pursued with keen interest but for those for whom challenges still exist they are elevated within the culture. It should be noted that although their status is elevated and great respect is shown towards them they are not pursued as life partners anymore than others. If the condition is severe enough to exclude them from everyday life such as in the case of a severe mental illness These individuals are separated as needed but still treated with great respect.

Individuals in Service Careers: Unlike in many other cultures wealth is not what is considered the most desireable thing. To Azzians Servant leadership is to be prized far more than the ability to create personal wealth. This is a result of the values held by the first Emperor of the New Imperial Age. (More information on him and his life can be found under “Famous Historical Figures”) Because of his self sacrificing approach to life and leadership many have adopted these thought processes and look for ways to be of service to others in their careers and society rewards them for it. Careers in Education, Health, Military, Security, Community Safety, Government and care giving of any sort are all seen as highly desirable. The best in these fields are often seen as heroes and role models much like sports heroes are seen in others. Sports, though enjoyed by some is not the world wide craze they are for other cultures.

Imperial Family Members: Though listed here as an advantage culturally it is not as large or important an advantage as one might first think. A paradox that should be mentioned here is that unlike in other societies where the family of the top leadership is relatively small that is not the case for Azzian’s Over forty percent of the population can claim a direct ancestry connection to the Hovi’ Des’opa Kova’ Ve’hassi, the first Emperor of the New Imperial Age. There are trading cards much like is found for sports figures on other worlds for many of those with a closer connection to the imperial family. Their popularity is based more on the service they provide rather than their closeness to the current Emperor/Empress. All members of the Imperial family are expected to lead by example through their service to others. You will find members in nearly every area of society but they will be seen as servant leaders, most of whom would prefer that the tradition of trading cards would be be done away with yet the popularity continues to increase the more they protest it.

Temporal Sensitivity: These are rare and are nearly always women. They have only a minor sense that something has changed regarding their place within time or space. They only seem to know something is different but not what exactly has changed.

The children of Dalo’s: Descendants of Davi’ Kot’oli Dalo’s, the infamous individual responsible for the senseless killings of thousands that disapproved of the Temporal religion and the use of Temporal science face a great deal of prejudice. This is in spite of several attempts by Emperors and Empresses to resolve this. They face problems with the purchase of land, finding mates and in their careers. They has not been a single member of this family elected to public office.

Nulls: These are individuals with no telepathic ability and are unable to bond with a mate. Among the Azzians there is one in every 200,000 that suffer this condition. Seeing they are unable to bond they are less likely to find a partner and thus find themselves outside society's norms. Often they are overlooked, ignored and intentionally or not excluded from much of their society.

Cultural Taboos:
Permanent Body Marking: For Azzians it is extremely taboo for an individual to permanently tattoo themselves. Although temporary henna tattoos are used by the women on special occasions the presence of a tattoo is often associated with criminality. In their not so distant past tattoos were used to mark those convicted of a crime and the stigma remains.
Flaunting Extreme wealth: The practice common among other species of merely buying the most expensive of everything is considered a taboo. Even members of the Imperial Family that may have earned great wealth will give that wealth away to charities so as not to appear to be hoarding resources.

History of the Species:
Azzians have a unique way of marking time. They use the start of the new Empire as a means of dividing years. With the treaty with the Federation that time marking has changed.

10272 BNE: The earliest records of Azzians can be found on Cave walls. The earliest Azzians in southern portions of the Tou’ diasho Province. Evidence supports that these were hunter, gatherers. By around 8000 BNE they had traveled farther north and west along the Bal’hali river.

8566 BNE: Signs of early agricultural settlements appear along the river. Living in family units is also noticeable though it seems that a single male is living with as many as fifteen females.

6384 BNE: Clans are seen to from and the Azzians had spread out some portions of all the provinces. Families groups began to be smaller but still more females to the males.
4137 BNE: Early governments form. Evidence of battles and capital punishment.

3277 BNE: Twelve countries control the planet.

1356 BNE: The Ka’voli wars begin. Thousands are killed in the wars.

265 BNE: Eight countries survive the war. Space Exploration begins though minimal.

83 BNE: Start of the Sal’ dori war. Breakdown in governments occurs. Many reverting back to tribal and isolationist tendencies.

18 BNE: The War becomes one of a cold war. Twelve countries emerge.

12 BNE: Kas’Vali Ve’hassi begins his Global campaign for unity. This was intended as a peaceful attempt to unite the planet. It was successful at this level in at least getting a discussion going but not many were willing to do something so radical as to unite as a singer government. Kas’Vali had no intention of ruling himself. Radical groups emerge and the beginning of the Ki’ Gorva wars.

0 BNE: The New Empire emerges with Kas’Vali Ve’hassi elected as the first Emperor. Kas’Vali takes seven wives, one from each of the seven newly established provinces. This set the president still followed today of each man bonding with seven women.

138 ANE: The Age of Temporal Understanding Emerges. Though religions involving Temporal and Dimensional Worship have been around a long time it becomes the State's preferred religion.
244 ANE: First Temporal Drives are installed on starships and the Second Age of space exploration begins. Most of their encounters are peaceful.

412 ANE: The Third Age of Space Exploration begins Empress Ho’ Vali Ve’hassi the first emperor's great, great granddaughter take the throne. She encourages vast space exploration efforts.

616 ANE: The Era of retrenchment. After rethinking their involvement in space Emperor Tako’ Gol’ oni Ve’hassi closes all colonies and exploration outside their solar system.

954 ANE: Temporal drive tests fail and Temporal Anomaly locks the Azzians into their Solar System.

1023 ANE: Azzian Board of Health begins research into cloning to increase number of males. Experimentation is abandoned after it became abundantly clear that the clones did not live as long as other males, only 131 years, aged extremely fast for an Azzian, and were extremely violent.

1127 ANE: Another attempt at a better temporal drive was made to break through the Temporal Anomaly. Although the engine was smaller and worked well they could not successfully make it to the other side of the anomaly.

3314 ANE/2214 AD: Federation documents the discovery of the Anomaly. An attempted made by the Federation to breach the Anomaly but they are stuck within inside the anomaly itself. The Azzians are able to guide the ship back out safely but do not identify themselves in any way because their technology is unable to do so at this point. This was not the first time an attempt was made to breach the Anomaly from the outside. They had all failed but most were not able to get back out. Federation banns any further research into the Anomaly for fear of fatal consequences.

2221 AD: Azzians are able to cross the Anomaly successful. The Emperor requests an increase in funding for the military and requests volunteers as Ambassadors for whatever species they find outside.

2307 AD: The First Ambassador is sent to the Federation. Baro Ko’liki Sarovar Ve’hassi and his prenant wife Vo’liki Ko’tim (Ve’hassi) Al’ abio along with their staff board a relatively old Azzian starship to travel to the Federation.

Not wanting to give away that they had temporal drives on their ships it had been decided to use a standard warp drive that had been untested. This proved to be a fatal mistake.

Not long after the they started their journey the warp drive began to malfunction. Power was not being generated as it should so their speed dropped down to what would be considered warp 1 and much of the internal systems were powered down to conserve what energy they had for propulsion. Word was sent back to the Azzian Empire of their situation with no response. Later it was discovered that the communications systems had been tampered with prior to the start of their trip.

An additional complication was created because of them having recently emerged from their long isolation within the Anomaly the accepted boundaries of of the Romulan Star empire and the Klingon Empire were not known to them. On day two of their trek they inadvertently crossed into Romulan space. Easily intercepted by the Romulans they were attacked. Unable to return fire and their shielding greatly reduced due to the power issues the received massive damage to the vessel. In a desperate attempt to escape they were able to rout some power to the temporal drive. This was successful but landed them in Klingon space where they were again attacked, this time by the Klingons seeing they were unable to answer their hails. Though the ship was not significantly damaged by this encounter externally due to the material making up the hull and what shielding they were able to put back in place internal systems that were already damaged began malfunctioning. They were able to use the temporal drive one more time propelling them into Federation space but with the internal systems so badly damaged they were essentially flying blind. It was at this point that premature labor began and the child was born. By day three life support was critical and the decision was made to place the newborn into stasis and hope that at least he could be saved.

By day eight the Azzian ship was now adrift in space. Power had been routed only to life support and the only portion of the ship that still had it was the stasis units. Of the passengers the only survivor was the infant.

On Day 9 the ship was discovered by the USS Hickman. Not responding to hails and believing their to be no life signs The decision was made to place the vessel in a tractor beam and drag it to Starbase 32. Agents from Section 31 stepped and began their cover up stating that the vessel was nothing more than a patchwork of federation ships saucer sections put together by a colony of Genetically Altered Humans. When the life support system failed the occupants died as a result and the ship was found adrift after the fact.

The Infant was taken to Starfleet medical in San Francisco for a year before being taken to be raised in a research center.

2386 AD: Lei’hallah Asrar 'Inayat Ve’hassi is sent as the second Ambassador to the Federation. Her contact is successful in forming a relationship between the two countries though friction arises due to the information she uncovers about the first ambassador’s ship and its occupants. Longer term negotiations are begun and a Federation Ambassador is sent to the A$zzain Empire.

2388 AD: Treaty is signed between the Azzian Empire and the Federation. The Azzians agreed to share the secret to how they manage to travel through the temporal anomaly in exchange for security codes within the Federation. In a display of trust the Azzians agreed to begin removing temporal weapons from their fleet of starships in exchange for Federation weapons technology. The Department of Temporal Investigation also opened a small space station in orbit of Azzia.

2393 AD The first Azzian Cadets are attending Starfleet Academy. There are still some tensions between the two countries as they work out their differences regarding Temporal science and its use but overall they are on good terms.

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