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# 41
08-25-2011, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Shinkuu_Akagan
We only have one example of female Caitians with hair. The males we saw did not have human-like hair at all. As long as it is optional (basically has a bald option) then I am all for it but otherwise this way is superior.
Oh I agree. It has to be optional to keep them as is today for those that want this look.
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# 42 Part 1
08-25-2011, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Shinkuu_Akagan
Just as a note our homeworld is called Ferasa or Cait by the Feds.
Here's some information about the Caitians I've compiled from various sources.

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CAITIANS

GEOPHYSICAL DESCRIPTION


PLANETARY SYSTEM:


The Caitian homeworld, Cait, is a medium sized M-class world, orbiting Ferasa, a type G3 V star (15 Lyncais to humans), which means it is yellow, and slightly brighter than Sol, the Terran star.

There are 8 planets in the system, as follows:

# Name Class Moons Notes
1 N'rrrap F - Molten Rock
2 Sotarr K - Has a crust, lots of volcanic activity, with a choking
atmosphere of noxious gasses
3 Verrral K 1 Similar to Sotarr, colder and thicker crust, almost no
volcanic activity, terraformed to a breathable
atmosphere, contains smaller colonies
4 Cait M 2 The Caitian homeworld
- S'arrelt - - The asteroid belt, which divides the system in two,
contains massive amounts of dilithium
5 Missat F 1 An extremely rocky world created by colliding
asteroids
6 Torrel J 7 A large gas giant
7 Kezarr J 4 A smaller gas world
8 Arrrot G 1 A small frozen waste


PLANET:


Cait
• Population: 5.2 billion
• Gravity: 1.25g
• Diameter: 10,100 km
• Equatorial Circumference: 31,730 km
• Percent Land Mass: 50%
• Total Land Area: 160'250'000 Sqm
• Total Sea Area: 160'220'000 Sqm
• Planetary Rotation: 27 hours
• Stellar Rotation: 419 days
• Moons: Rea & Sura
• Atmosphere: Thick
• Climate: Tropical
• Normal Metals 40%, Radioactive 20%, Gemstones 20% and trace Industrial Crystals.


DESCRIPTION:


The planet Cait have five continents, three are savanna type and rather similar. They are Larrrtov, Pirrrem and Canrrral. The fourth continent is located right on the equator and has thick vegetation and jungles. It is called Virrrtam. The fifth continent is far south and quite frozen. It is called L'narrr. The rest of the planet is a fresh water ocean.

It has a population of

The largest continent is Larrrtov.
It is almost completely tall grass savanna. It is the perfect environment for hunting. Our fur tends to blend in quite well with the grass. 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, similar to the Terran migration from Asia to North America.

The last of the savanna continents is Canrrral.
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 mostly 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 northernmost point. It is uninhabited, but at one point it was the destination of exiled citizens from Canrrral. 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.
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# 43 Part 2
08-25-2011, 01:31 PM
ASTEROID BELT:


The asteroid belt that lies between the fifth and sixth planets of the Caitian system is an abundant source of ores and valuable minerals, not the least of which is Dilithium. Orbital refining platforms within the belt provide a large percentage of the Dilithium crystals used in that area of Federation space.


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION


APPEARANCE:


To Humans it Caitians look very much like an anthropomorphic Terran lion. They are dexterous and very muscular, yet graceful in their movement with excellent balance. Their large eyes give them excellent sight both in sunlight as well as in darkness and are only rivaled by their hearing. Their intelligence rivals the one of Vulcans how ever they are not prone to the same level of overbearing logic as they are. Their average height differs between females and males. With females averaging about the same height as human males and males about 20 to 30 cm higher (5’,11" to 6',4"). Weighing about 70-90 kg (160 to 190 lbs).
Having low body fat, they have difficulty swimming without using buoyancy suits, and many tend to dislike large bodies of water. Caitians are often considered among the most physically attractive species in the galaxy. Their temperament is impulsive.

The color of their fur range from black (4% of the population) to brown (20% otp) to gold (15% otp) and white (1% otp). The most common color (60%) is how ever auburn with amber eyes. White Caitians are extremely rare and are not like the human albinos. Black colored Caitians are almost as rare (Coloration originating from the now extinct Tropic and Polar Caitians are extremely rare. Both genetically pop up from time to time but only when all grandparents carry the same gene). The color of their eyes is linked to the color of their fur. It is unheard of that anyone has had any other combination then these. Their mane is usually darker then their fur. In some rare cases it has the same color but never lighter.

Fur Black - Eyes Blue.
Fur Brown - Eyes Brown.
Fur Auburn - Eyes Amber
Fur Gold - Eyes Gold.
Fur White - Eyes Green.

Caitian hands have three fingers and an opposable thumb. Both hands and feet have retractable claws, which Caitians customarily grow long and sharp, though for some the use of those claws in combat is unthinkable.
They usually do not need to wear shoes, as their padded feet are quite durable, and allow them to move with impressive silence. But for space walks and other hazardous environments they do.


CAITIAN PHYSIOLOGY:


Caitians are fast, agile, dexterous, bipedal, ranging from two to three meters in height, leonine facial features, paws, manes (on both genders), and tails, but their body structure is otherwise clearly humanoid and large eyes which give them excellent night vision and outside of secondary characteristics, display less sexual dimorphism between males and females. They also had excellent hearing with a frequency range beyond that of most humanoids which made them ideal candidates for communications officers. Caitian voices often resembled the purring of Terran cats.

Caitians walk upright like any other humanoid, but still rely on their tail for an acute sense of balance.
Caitians have fur, but this is an evolutionary left over, as they evolved from a cat like primate. Caitians have the ability to jump higher then most other species, and have more acute hearing and vision from the point of view of most others.

People like to compare Caitians to cats from Earth, but this is a gross misconception. There are significant differences between the two, seeing as they evolved on different planets. For example, Terran cats shed their fur fairly regularly. Caitian fur does shed in a biennial, sometimes uncomfortable shedding. It takes about a day or two to shed all of their fur. Some shave it off as they prefer that temporary look over the natural way. To speed the shedding process along a lot of research has been done in the field and after decades of perfecting the formula the re-growth now take about the same time it takes to shed the old fur. Shedding will also occur from injuries or cuts, where the fur around the cut may fall away to allow unobstructed healing. It also may occur from illness, or a mutated virus, but that is exceptionally rare these days.

Almost 90% of all Caitians will later in life suffers from heart disease. Most Caitians suffer from heart failure around the age of 75, requiring an artificial heart. Almost all Caitians above that age require artificial hearts. Due to the extreme commonality of this procedure, Caitian medicine is at the forefront of artificial heart replacement technology due to the enormously large amount of resources poured in to research in that area. As a result, the hospitals on Cait are the best at such surgeries, as they are so common. The procedure on Cait has been streamlined to a relatively minor inconvenience to the patient.
While having a heart replaced is still a major operation, the commonality on Cait of the procedure has led to enormous advances over the past hundred years. Many Caitians in Star Fleet are engaged in regular cardiovascular training to compensate for this, and can exceed this without a heart replacement, but only through regular consistent effort. Life Expectancy at Birth varies from 75 to 105 Caitian years.

Caitians do however have a tighter muscle structure when compared to most species with exception to
Klingons and Cardassians. This allows for large bursts of strength from a standing or sitting position.
From a crouch, a Caitian could easily jump around 20 feet into the air and land cleanly without injury.
Also, Caitians can jump across rather large gaps without falling.

The Caitian sense of balance is quite acute. The tail is a key part of keeping the weight distributed evenly, and remaining upright.

They have extremely acute sense. They have highly developed night/low-light vision, and their vision is very motion sensitive. However, they have less color acuity then the human norm.

Their hearing is above Vulcan levels. The Caitian excellence in hearing makes them ideal experts in Communications. They hear ranges far above and below normal human ranges.

Their senses of taste and smell are more developed than humans, though it is far less developed than that say, of an Antican. They however can track by scent. They also gain strong scent impressions when in close contact with another being.

An extremely fast and agile people, Caitian reflexes, fine and gross motor movement are about 2.5 to 3 times faster than the human norm. Their range of flexibility is also greater than human, all this combining to in fluid, graceful movement. They can run at speeds of up 25 mph, but for only for short periods at a time. As their musculature is more developed for speed, mobility, and quick snapping motions (like the claw slashes). Normal Caitians tend to be about as strong in lifting terms as a very fit human male of equal height, with a toned rather than built musculature. Caitians are able to exceed this strength but through physical training.

Caitians are normally less hearty than humans, tiring after shorter periods of intense effort than the human norm. Their physiology was designed for a predator’s wait and pounce, rather than long migrations.

Due to evolving on a warm planet, Caitians have lower tolerance for cold climates.
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# 44 Part 3
08-25-2011, 01:32 PM
MATING:


Females have ‘the season’ twice a year, and both genders take drugs when off planet to control the urges when a female is in season. The hormones they produce have been known to affect other feline species as well.

Caitians usually do not actively choose a mate, but instead they go through a process called bonding, which is as much physical as psychological. After adolescence, Caitians give off a pheromone that tells others that they are un-bonded and are therefore available. When Caitians bond, their pheromones shift and are now read as 'unavailable' by other Caitians. Caitians become addicted to the other's pheromones, and as a result feel the need to be close to one another. The entire process occurs on a subconscious level and can happen without either Caitian knowing it at the time. With rare exceptions, these Caitians fall in love and start families together. As a result, Caitian society sees bonding as a form of engagement. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to bonding, as is can happen to anyone who reads as available. Usually the bonding occurs when couples first meet. The intensity of the bond varies per individual.

The bond usually lasts for the rest of their life, and is only broken upon the death of one of them.
Breaking a bond is extremely traumatic for a Caitian. In instances where a bond is broken it is possible to re-bond to another person, but usually they don't.

The first known instance of a Caitian bonding with a non-Caitian occurred in 2278 and many more have happened since that time.

As a result of their highly developed senses, as well as their fairly open culture, Caitians very rarely developed any psi abilities, and the few cases where they had, were usually limited. Caitians do however have high psi defenses. Something the Federation scientist has been unable to explain.


DIET:


Caitians are Carnivorous hunters, by nature. They find the idea of eating plants to be distasteful. Herbivores are related to prey and so they see vegetarians as weak willed.
They prefer their meat raw (blood temperature) or rare, and find it difficult to digest vegetables, although grains are easier.


CAITIAN LANGUAGE


While Caitians speak a single planetary tongue known as Caiti, which is composed of soft tones and sounds, some of which are even outside the normal Human hearing range, spoken with a deep purring resonance, which flows together to form a beautiful and graceful language.

Because of this form of communication, many Caitians have some difficulty speaking the phonetic languages of other races correctly. Likewise, it is difficult for non-felinoids, even without considering the inability to hear some of the tonal ranges of the language, to speak the language with any degree of understand-ability. Caitians speak Federation Standard English when dealing with off-worlders. When a Caitian speaks Standard as a second language, it is usually punctuated by purring "R"s , elongated "M"s and sometimes hissing "S"s.


NAMING:


With the conformity into the galactic culture many things are not practiced as they were in the old days. Names consists traditionally of three parts, with the 'middle name' usually being the clan name, and the last name being the family name.

Usually children are normally not fully named until around one year of age, because the prefix to their name is based on an acquired trait/personal behavior, then the parents choose the corresponding prefix for the personality of the their child.

Caitian names have no gender indicated, despite what some believe.

Naming practices may or may not be upheld in modern times, depending on the parents decision but usually the names are still composed of a prefix and their proper name.

Traditionally, some of the more common prefixes that were given to complete the name are:

A Lazy
E Creative
I Ruthless
K Protective or hunter's instinct
L Thoughtful
M Graceful or calm
N Content
P Sympathetic or empathic
R Strong willed or stubborn
S Curious
T Gregarious
V Impulsive
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# 45 Part 4
08-25-2011, 01:32 PM
WORDLIST:


Here is a list of Caitian words using Terran phonetics next to their translations.
Consider this the Caitian/Federation Standard Dictionary.
To make a word possessive (my, his, hers, theirs, its...) add -rres to the end of the word.

a - I / me
arrr - I am

barrrana – permanent

caet – Cait

derrrina - claw
d'lerr - no
darrrmmaan – cave

eerro – but

i - he / she / it (pronounced as the i from 'in')
irrr - he is / she is / it is
i'ral - they
irrrral - they are

kerrosat - traveler / tourist

llirrriv - nose
l'vok – news


marr - of / from / to
mmerrrv - welcome
m'nirrr – culture

parrr - yes
prrraann - tail
prrre - greetings / hello

rro - and
rre - a / the
rrr'me – goodbye

sserrrot – eye

t'rrenn - Terran
tallorran - honored / honorable
tesam – language

ummorrrra – dwelling

virrra – water


CAITIAN SOCIETY


SOCIETY:


Official Name: Republic of Cait

Caitians live in close family groups, with attachments to larger clans.

Caitian cities are not large by other races standards, being set up by clan relations. The planet is tropical with a great number of rivers and tributaries and vast stretches of plains and tropical forests. Caitians were very careful to maintain a balance with nature as their ecology is nearly pristine.

While Caitians speak a single planetary tongue, different regions have different dialects, and naming customs. The most common system is one name, usually all soft consonants (M’ress). Though some Caitians use a three name system with the family name and clan name added to their own name.

Caitians tend to take great pride in their appearance. Cleanliness, well styled mane, groomed tail, fashionable dress, and perfectly maintained claws are all very important. Failure to do so is seen as an act of self mutilation. Caitians traditionally greet each other by clasping their hands and extending their claws to just touch each other’s wrist… it is a sign of the great trust they have for each other. As mentioned above well maintained claws are important in Caitian society. While a Caitian may dull their claws to keep from damaging things during casual contact, a Caitian will never of their own free will deliberately trim their claws to the point of uselessness or have them permanently removed. Many Caitians would rather die then endure such humiliation, and to do such to a Caitian against their will is tantamount to ****.

Adult Caitians wear a day-robe, a one piece outfit designed for coolness of wear, as Cait is 60% hot Savannah. Children can wear day-robes, but it is not uncommon for them not to wear clothing until adolescence. Many Caitians traditionally wear a collar at all times in public, as the neck is considered a vulnerable/sensitive area. Bonded Caitians following old traditions may wear identical ankle bracelets, to show their devotion to each other. According to the tradition, this anklet is never supposed to be removed for the rest of their lives. Shoes or boots are typically not worn by Caitians, even in Starfleet.

Cities on Cait are be spread out and moderately developed, or built downward so as to have less affect on the environment. Xenophobia is almost non-existent, the main cause for intolerance being violence. Many Caitians are almost clinically pacifists. While often quite proud, and more than capable of holding onto grudges and perceived insults, Caitians are trained from birth to avoid committing violent acts. A training not everyone excels at. Their societal right of passage is an oath, taken at age 12. Caitians capable of extreme violence are rare, most being sociopaths or criminally insane.

There are few Caitians who are both sane and capable of willful violence, though most Caitians would debate their sanity, and are either all-but or fully outcast from Caitian society. While they don’t hold their standards to other species, many Caitians are uncomfortable with all things military. They have had difficulties in relations with particularly warlike species, such as Klingons and Cardassians. In the Federation Senate, Caitian Senators are usually among the first to call for negotiations and peaceful resolution.


GOVERNMENT:


The planetary government is not as powerful as its counterparts on other worlds. For the most part, individual provinces and districts govern themselves quite effectively. A planetary government exists mostly because it is required to join the United Federation of Planets.

The government consists of two branches. First, is the K'tarrela. This is the senatorial council. The K'tarrela is composed of 500 members from around Cait. They do not represent any particular region and are allowed to run for election only if they are shown to work solely for the good of Caitian society. They create laws, agencies, and control the planetary militia in times of crisis.

The other branch is the Novirrass, our court. It is made up of 13 justices that are nominated by the K'tarrela and elected to office by a vote of the continental courts. The Novirrass is the highest court on the planet. Appeals can be made to the UFP if parties are not satisfied with the court, though the court cannot accept off-world cases. Any dispute with another world must be made to a UFP court. The continental courts are the governing courts for the individual continents of Cait. They are the last step before the Novirrass. Under them are several smaller courts to handle particular regions. Centuries ago most of the courts were abolished due to globalisation and later acceptance into the UFP.
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# 46 Part 5
08-25-2011, 01:33 PM
RELIGION:


While it has rapidly been dwindling the last few centuries, a few Caitians still religiously worship their deity R'rikalla. R'rikalla controls all life in the universe. Unlike the deities of some worlds, ours has no specified gender. For every birth, there is a death. R'rikalla maintains existing life, as well, by providing the material things to sustain it; plants for the prey, prey for the predators, and finally predators feed the plants.


THE COMMUNICATOR MYTH:


A myth common to different communities on Cait is that of the Communicator. Thousands of years ago, while Caitian society was composed of family based prides, fighting would break out when prides unfamiliar to each other met. When a pride won, it might still come under attack from other prides, either out of vengeance or opportunity. One Cait realized this would continue ceaselessly. He made stone disks, tokens of his pride, and sent them out to each pride he knew, saying "Make these. Give them to strangers. Let them know who you know, and who knows them."

"Strangers know you have friends, and are strong. They will look beyond just the pride in front of them. Encourage them to make their tokens, and send it back through the prides they came out of, so that all may come to know each other..."

"If they need to hunt, let them know what is yours, and what you can share. If they hunt on land not yours, but on a pride you know, stop them before they hurt the other tribe. Introduce them to the pride you know, so they may share, and you may share in their joy. This way, we will soon all know each other. Who is where, who can help, who will need help. Send tokens back to me, so there will be at least one pride who can answer all questions, one place where strangers can come to be friends."

"This way we can all hunt and move in safety, knowing that out there are only friends, out there are those who like us, just want to be left alone till it is time to find a new mate, till it is time to get help, till it is time to unite if there is a pride that does not want to be a friend."

This practice continued, and grew, as did the story. Gradually, cooperation grew, and when Caitians began to travel their world, and find other Caitians on other continents they avoided the immediate blood shed found on other worlds. Also, variations of the Communicator myth existed in different forms through out the world.

The differences between regional cultures were muted, and became less important. Celebrations of the Communicator became the basis for inter-regional meetings, and the forums for settling differences. Academics came to think of the myth as something similar to the prevalence of flood myths among humans… a result of their shared common psychology. They also pointed out that no mention of the Communicator could be found among the Polar Caitians and the Tropic Caitians. This might have contributed to their extinction / absorption in to the now mostly uniform looking Caitians.

Within the past 90 years, though, archaeological evidence has been mounting that the trade of tokens went back for longer then expected, till a tomb was found near what is considered the evolutionary birthplace of the Caitian race, containing hundreds of tokens, built into a rough sarcophagus of a pride leader. It is believed this is the actual Communicator, and the myths have been re-evaluated in light of this information.


FEDERATION:


Cait has been a Federation member for over 150 years and has position on the Federation Council.

The Caitian worlds joined the Federation shortly after it was founded, and have been steadfast members ever since. Their desire to serve the commonwealth has lead them to enlist in Star Fleet in great numbers. For the most part, Caitians in Star Fleet are involved in Communications, Diplomatic Services, Medical, Counseling and the Sciences, places where they can serve the common good.

To a lesser degree they are also found in Engineering, Tactical and Command.

They made first contact with the Orions and the Ferengi decades before they met the UFP. The Federation and the Republic of Cait met for the first time in 2205, 55 years after the Kzinti war. The Caitian patrol vessel CIC L'akarr made contact with the USS Horizon near the Beta Aguarae system. The crews exchanged greetings and established peaceful relations. For the next five years, Cait and the Federation were heavily involved in trading. The Caitian system is rich in Dilithium in the asteroid belt and the outer planets of the system and it became a very profitable relationship.

Before joining the Federation, the Caitians had established territorial claims to four planetary systems outside their own, Havelind, Hochlor IV, Macadarna, and Narval. Also, Caitians composed 35% of Riviera's population and 15% of Commissariate's population. While the colonies maintaining close to the homeworld, have long been independent of direct rule from Cait. All Caitian worlds are open to other species, and as of last census, there were about 20 billion Caitians living throughout the Federation.

In 2234, after much delegation and preparation, 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 Academy set up an admissions testing center in the capitol and established Tierra Station in orbit of Missat, the 5th planet in the Cait system as the main center of trade for the region.
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# 47 Part 6
08-25-2011, 01:35 PM
CAITIAN HISTORY


Caitians origins are steeped in mystery. The Kzinti, the Draylaxians, the Regulans, the Kzinrettis, and the Lyrans all claim that Cait was essentially a "Lost Colony" of theirs. Considering the similar genetic makeup of the six species, those theories are possible. Although the Velada is the oldest know felinoid species know to exist so they are more likely the origin of them all. However, it is more probable that all seven species were 'seeded' in that section of space by an alien race akin to the Preservers. However Cait was formed, Caitian culture evolved separately from the other races.

Early Caitians first began to form hunting parties on the plains of Larrrtov, the largest and flattest continent. They were typically territorial but nomadic. Following whatever game animals they had a taste for in their own territory.

Eventually, as time passed animals could be raised in larger numbers in one place. However, what farming did to the humans, ranching did to the Caitians. The domestication of local wildlife turned the nomadic people into more sedentary people. Caitians began to settle in larger numbers, cantered 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. As a result, culture soon flourished

At that time, the "proto-Caitians" as they are known had spread across the continent, and into three of the four other continents. The Caitians on Pirrrem developed at the same pace as their cousins on Larrrtov. As the distance between the two continents allowed some exchange of culture. The Virrrtam and L’narrr continents became isolated as the northern polar ice cap melted and with time the knowledge of these two continents became lost. The fifth continent was on the other side of the planet and remained unknown and unpopulated for a long time.

In the period of 10-28 A.D., the first major settlements on Cait were founded one on Virrrtam named "Darrrmmaan" which roughly translates to "Cave", one on Larrrtov named "Barrrana" which roughly translates to "Permanent" and one on L’narrr named "Ummorrra" which roughly translates to "Dwelling". Up until this time, semi-permanent settlements and shelters had been the only infrastructure.

By the year 447, these cities had grown in to empires. The largest the Barrranan Empire, a confederation of settlements on Larrrtov and Pirrrem extended from the Larrrtov's western shores to the northern edge, and the southern edge of the continent, to halfway across its length to the east including the entire continent or Pirrrem. It was the largest piece of land on the planet under the control of one governing body.

The two isolated continents of Caitians had no contact with each other or the main land. Due to the vastly different environments of the cool Virrrtam and humid L’narrr had developed a largely different appearance. Most if not all Caitians from Virrrtam had white fur and most of the Caitians living in the dark forests of L’narrr developed black fur.

After a thousand years, civilization had become based around the ranch principle.


THE POLAR WAR


The Darrrmmaans and Ummorrrras gradually outgrew their smaller continents and began to develop naval technology to find other places to colonize. In 1126, due to emerging naval technology, the Darrrmmaan (Polar Caitians) explored and attempted to settle on the eastern shores of Larrrtov. The Ummorrra Empire (Tropical Caitians) also was developing naval technology and was exploring Virrrtam at the same time. Both the Darrrmmaan and Ummorrran sides learned of each other and saw themselves as allies against the Barrranas. The instinctual aggression that exists in Caitians gave birth to great hostility.

The Polar Caitians managed to settle in an open area on the eastern side of Larrrtov, and established the nation of L'arrav. The Barrranans were exceptionally displeased with this, and out of nothing short of racial paranoia declared war and invaded L'arrav. They outnumbered the Polar Caitians 2 to 1 and swiftly crushed them. L'arrav put up a valiant fight, and extreme casualties were taken on both sides of the conflict. But it didn't end there. The Darrrmmaans and Ummorrrras decided to join forces and attacked the Barrranans. They launched an offensive onto Pirrrem and swept up its eastern shores, destroying and killing everything in their wake.

Upon waging war in the warmer climates the Ummorrran had superior conditions and strength and when reaching the colder climates of the north though, the Darrrmmaan army had the most advantage in the bitter cold winters. Despite having fur, the Barrranans had no real protection from the exceptionally brutal winters of Pirrrem. Over time, the Darrrmmaans had developed ways to stay warm and use the land to their advantage. Lacking this knowledge, the Barrranan army lost 3/4 of its manpower to the elements and withdrew to Larrrtov, thus ending the crusade.

The only thing holding the Barrranans together was M’grram, a charismatic General, whose messages from the front-lines rallied the invaded peoples. He came to be known as the One Caitian. After a year of failing to beat back the enemy, the Barrranans forces succeeded driving them away. Then, after a prolonged period of developing and using ballistic missile bombardment, they engaged in massive invasions of both the continents Virrrtam and L'narrr.

It was only two months into the invasion that their scouts realized that both the Virrrtams and L'narrrans was weakening, dying of diseases which were either easily treated or minor nuisances in Barrranan Empire. On the final approach to the capital cities, they found them almost dead. The Polar and Tropical Caitians, who had been isolated from the rest of the world for thousands of years, were killed by infections caught from their captured slaves, and unknowingly carried over on the missiles.

What had started out as an invasion became a rescue operation. What survivors could be found were immediately given medical help, a crash effort to save what was left of the Polar and Tropical culture was undertaken, and massive graves dug to keep the disease from spreading. The no treatment could be found but they discovered that children born from mating between Polar/Savannah Caitians or Tropical/Savannah Caitians were immune. As that was the only option to save them, lead to both the Polar and Tropical genes to gradually be suppressed by the Savannah Caitian DNA.

Only 1000 Darrrmmaans and Ummorrrras out of 2 million survived. Caitian cultural advancement stagnated, environmental distress plagued the planet, and the Barrranan Empire began to break up, blaming each other for the genocide. In 1179, M’grram threw himself from the highest building in the remains of Darrrmmaan. The back slide accelerated, but was stopped two years later. In what became the first year of the new Caitian calendar, the now surviving daughter of the Darrrmmaans leader I'raam, who had been born from a Barrranan mate, S’rreen, managed to restore the global communication network, and begged the peoples of the world to stop. Her peoples had paid for their crimes of ignorance, the rest of the world for theirs.

"We have punished ourselves enough. It is time to forgive." The next 10 years saw the Barrranan Empire renew itself, abandoning its military and creating a nominal police force. Technological development was focused on less impacting technologies, such as medicine. The former Polar and Tropical Caitians were genetically integrated into the world, and a culture based on joy grew.

While the Darrrmmaans and Ummorrrras are extinct (With some Caitians of their descent some times develops the distinctive coloring. Usually when all grandparents have had the same inactive gene their grandchildren may change the color of their fur to black or white accordingly), their capital cities have been maintained as shrines to peace. Almost all Caitians spend some time of their life living in them, trying to understand how it was to be such a lonely, paranoid people, and in some way keep their memory alive. Most Caitian criminals are sentenced to maintaining the two cities, shamed by the honor of their task. It is a surprisingly effective system of punishment.


MODERN DEVELOPMENT:


With memories of the bloody war in their heads around 1274, Caitians began to intermix as much as possible to ensure that all would be friends with, or related to, each other to avoid future wars. New governments were established on Larrrtov, Pirrrem, L'narrr and Virrrtam continents. A white or Black had become very rare at this time.

In 1303, an exploration ship from the Barrranan Province of Larrrtov landed on Canrrral as rumours of other lands on the globe were spreading. Initially the explorers were looking for new lands to colonize. What they found was a completely new unpopulated continent.

Cait continued to develop into an industrial society and by 1340, all the continents on the planet had been fully explored and colonized to some degree. Governments on Cait had begun to see the benefits of peace, and although minor conflicts occasionally broke out, memories of the terrible Polar War period kept them from escalating.

The ranch principle has been the basic model for Caitian society, though it has been extensively modernized by now. 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.
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# 48 Part 7
08-25-2011, 01:36 PM
SPACE EXPLORATION:


Society continued to develop into a technological one with the first orbital satellites being launched in 1462. 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 1505, Cait got its first view of itself from orbit. The planet was mapped in high detail for the first time in history from orbit. 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.

Technology was developed somewhat rapidly, as Caitians began to want to explore the stars. The first major target was Sotarr, the 4th planet in the Caitian system. Similar to Mars in the Sol system, it was believed that Sotarr may contain life in one form or another. The Caitian moons are small chunks of rock, both about half the size of Earth's moon. Their orbits are irregular. As a result, Caitian tides are not very predictable and landing on the moons proved equally difficult.

Reaching Sotarr was viewed as a major stepping stone for space exploration. As most space development was geared only towards the Sotarr landing. It took about 30 years to plan, develop, and implement, but in 1561, Cait landed on Sotarr successfully. This achievement led to colonization in 1636 of Sotarr. The Sotarr landing sparked even greater interest in exploring space, and before long it became almost all the Caitian people were doing. Starting in 1565, Cait was mapping the stars and trying to find out if they were alone from the orbiting group of 3 space based telescopes.

They discovered and named many now familiar star systems including Vulcan, Sol, Andoria, Tellar, 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.

They spread out into their planetary system and about 70 years later the colonization and terraforming began of the Sotarr, and about 120 years later (earth year 1695), they had perfected their first warp engines and ventured out of their home system, and into the larger Universe.


WARP DEVELOPMENT:


Theories from as far back as 1550 postulated about different ways to travel vast distances in space at fast 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 when he crunched the numbers, he found that while he was far from a workable solution, his calculations had not been disproved at the same time.

For decades, Caitian scientists worked on this theory, and by 1620, 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 1690, 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 1695, 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 star system to Cait is 138 light years away. This alone caused Cait to take longer then normal to make contact with anybody.

Still, Cait began to expand outward into space with small crafts similar to Earth's NX fleet and developed a military charter with exploration of the galaxy, and defence of Cait in the event of hostile contact. To this point though, no contact had been made with another species.


CAITIAN FIRST CONTACT:


In 1890, Cait made first contact with another species. The first race they encountered was the Kzinti. Finding the race similar to themselves in appearance, but not culture or values, 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. Meeting the Lyrans, the Draylaxians, the Regulans, the Kzinrettis and the Velada didn't help the arguments that felinoids weren't the only type of evolved beings.

Cait relations with these species were stable, as all were felinoid species and almost all of them were new to space, some even attempted to have Cait join them in establishing a government over the territory between their worlds. Cait though, declined and remained trading partners with the all of them for many years.

Cait finally achieved first contact with a non feline species in 1901 with a Vulcan scout ship. At this point the Caitian fleet was substantial for a species as new to space travel as they were. The Vulcans had not explored the region for over 200 years, and did not know that Cait had achieved warp travel.

During the following 300 years, during which they colonized Havelind, Hochlor IV, Macadarna, and Narval, they made contact with the Orions, Ferengi, Andorians, Klingons and Romulans. None of which they liked particularly much. The Orions and Ferengi they began trading with but the Andorians, Romulans and Klingons were too savage. But using the Vulcans as middlemen, Cait eventually made contact with the Federation Starship USS Horizon in 2205. Finding that the Federation had very similar values to themselves, Cait opened trade negotiations with the United Federation of Planets in 2210.

Shorty thereafter, relations improved further when the Federation did not try to put pressure on Cait for more Dilithium production, which their asteroid belt is rich in, and was a major source of trade. Unlike the Khintzi, the Federation respected Cait as having its own free will. Cait was pleased by this, and when they were offered a chance for Federation membership, they accepted the offer in 2234, becoming the 93rd planet to join the UFP.

The largest cities, with over 100'000 inhabitants, have come along only recently. They were made mostly for the purpose of accommodating off world visitors and regulating planetary issues.
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# 49
08-25-2011, 05:32 PM
you could have simply liked to the web site.
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# 50
08-25-2011, 06:26 PM
yea, that was a lot of info... good read though.
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