"Taste that air. Really gets the blood running."

Andoria was an inhabited moon orbiting a ringed gas giant in the Andorian system, in the Alpha Quadrant. It was the homeworld of the Andorian and the Aenar races. Andoria took part in talks to form a Coalition of Planets in 2155 and became a founding member of the United Federation of Planets in 2161.

A planet called Andoria Prime was mentioned in Star Trek Into Darkness.
"The moons of Andoria" are mentioned in "Context Is for Kings". This phrase may refer to Andoria and its neighboring moons, or it may indicate that Andoria itself has at least two satellites.
Andor may be an alternate name for Andoria, the name of its capital city, or another unrelated planet. See Appendices for more information.

Location Edit

Chintoka tactical map

The location of Andoria in the 24th century

Andoria was located in a neighboring system to Vulcan, which led to a series of conflicts between the Andorian Empire and the Vulcans. In 2154, the Vulcan High Command deployed a fleet of twelve starships to Regulus, which lay just outside Andorian sensor range, preparing to attack Andoria. (ENT: "Kir'Shara") Andoria was also relatively close to the Sol system, and the Andorian Empire occupied space between Babel and Tellar Prime. (ENT: "Babel One") In the 24th century, Andoria was located near to the Cardassian border. (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets")

Andoria, the primary of the Andorian system, was located in the Alpha Quadrant on a star chart seen in the Star Trek: Discovery episode "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad".
The Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual and Star Trek Maps (p. 23) place Andoria in the Epsilon Indi system, identifying it as one of the founding worlds of the Federation.
According to the more recent Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), Andoria was the first moon in Andor's system. The gas giant Andor was the eighth planet in the Andoria (Procyon) system. The depiction of Andoria was closer to its appearance in "The Aenar".

History Edit

See also: Andorian history and Federation history
Aenar underground city

The Aenar compound in 2154

There was contact between the Andorians and the Aenar in the distant past, but eventually communication ceased and the two races came to remember the other only in myths and stories. It was not until around 2104 that contact was re-established between them. (ENT: "The Aenar")

The Kumari was the first ice-cutter to circumnavigate Andoria. (ENT: "United")

Tensions between Andoria and Vulcan were high at least until 2151. (ENT: "The Andorian Incident")

Following the agreement of a cease fire on Weytahn in 2152, talks were continued on Andoria, where it was hoped that more than "just talk" would be accomplished. (ENT: "Cease Fire")

Prior to entering the Delphic Expanse in 2153, Talas suggested to Shran that they should head back to Andoria while they were still able. (ENT: "Proving Ground")

In 2154, the Vulcan High Command planned to attack Andoria. (ENT: "Kir'Shara")

Later that year, the crew of Enterprise NX-01 set course for Andoria to return the crew of the destroyed warship Kumari home for medical attention. (ENT: "Babel One")

The moons of Andoria were among multiple locations that could be experienced in a 2256 demonstration of the possibilities of spore drive; that year, Captain Gabriel Lorca pointed out to Michael Burnham that, while journeying on the mycelial network, a traveler might blink and, before they knew it, they were visiting the moons of Andoria. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings")

In a possible 3186 experienced by Gabrielle Burnham, Andoria was one of the worlds where all life had been eradicated using antimatter detonations, apparently by Control. Traveling back to 2257, she communicated her memories to Spock, who later shared them with Michael Burnham. (DIS: "If Memory Serves", "Perpetual Infinity")

Environment Edit

Andorian landscape

The icy surface of Andoria

Andoria was an ice world, with a Human-breathable oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere. Andorian cities were underground and took their energy from geothermal activity. The cities were connected to each other by thousands of kilometers of tunnels.

Only during rare heatwaves would the temperature on Andoria rise above freezing, and even then only for a few weeks at a time. In the northern wastes, a temperature reading of -28° was not uncommon during mid-summer. (ENT: "The Aenar")

Points of interestEdit

According to the script of DS9: "Strange Bedfellows", there also existed the Mountains of Andoria, where Kasidy Yates-Sisko planned to spend her honeymoon.

Flora and fauna Edit

Further information Edit

"Chirurgeon" was a medical profession on Andoria. (DS9: "Prophet Motive")

In designing her new solarium, Yanas Tigan used tile she imported from Andoria. (DS9: "Prodigal Daughter")

Appendices Edit

See also Edit

Background informationEdit

Among the Clans - The Andorians

Cover of The Andorians: Among the Clans, an influence for the canon look of the Andorian homeworld

In DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars", one of Roy Ritterhouse's drawings is called "Honey Moon on Andoras". This may be an in-joke reference to Andoria.

According to the script of ENT: "Broken Bow", there were two Andorian moons. However, this was later changed to two Teneebian moons for the filming of the episode.

In the final draft script of ENT: "Fight or Flight" (dated 1 May 2001), Andoria was referred to as having once been visited by Travis Mayweather and his family aboard their ship. However, this reference was later changed to Lavinius (by or on 27 June 2001, when a revised final draft of the script was issued), and the scene was ultimately deleted.

In contrast with the script of "Broken Bow" referring to Andoria as having a pair of moons, ENT: "The Aenar" attempted to establish the Andorian homeworld itself as a moon, orbiting a gas giant. This was devised as an attempt to help explain the contradiction of why it was sometimes called Andor and sometimes it was called Andoria, the gas giant being Andor and the moon Andoria. (ENT Season 4 DVD special features; Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, issue 37, p. 14) This would, however, seem to contradict Worf's claim in DS9: "Change of Heart" that Andor has mountains. While a shot of the planet seen in "The Aenar" thus appears to depict Andoria as a moon of the much larger planet closeby, this is never explicitly stated in the episode.

The Last Unicorn Games Star Trek RPG and Samuel John Ross used information about Andoria, a frozen world first published in Star Trek: The Role Playing Game, for the work The Andorians: Among the Clans. Having been reading this publication, Mike Sussman was inspired by the book's cover while working on Star Trek: Enterprise. He later stated, "I remember saying to Manny Coto, who was our season 4 showrunner, 'What do you think of this as a look for the Andorian homeworld?'" (Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, issue 37, p. 15)

Mike Sussman's suggestion addressed a need to save expenses, as caverns built for an ENT Vulcan trilogy, which had recently wrapped production, could be reused as the Andorian ice caves, simply repainted white. The fact that the sets could be redressed in such a way was one motive for pursuing the idea. Remembering Manny Coto's response to the plan, Sussman relayed, "He said, 'Great, because we can paint our Vulcan sets white and now it's ice!' and that's what we did." (Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, issue 37, p. 15)

In the final draft script of "The Aenar", Andoria was described as "an icy, M-Class world" with "a stark yet stunning arctic landscape, lit by brilliant sunlight with a slightly bluish hue." The planet was also referred to as having "a driving, howling wind."

Andoria was shown using various methods. "Herman Zimmerman and his team at the art department made wonderful ice cave sets," said Visual Effects Producer Dan Curry. "For the exteriors we used a combination of matte paintings." (Cinefantastique, Vol. 37, No. 2, p. 40)

A particular set that was used as Andoria could be paid for over a longer stretch of time than the Star Trek TV series usually allowed. "We, you know, were able to build a huge set of Andoria," Manny Coto recalled. "And because we played that set over various episodes, we were able to amortize the building of the set and get bigger production value." ("Before Her Time: Decommissioning Enterprise, Part Two: Memorable Voyages", ENT Season 4 Blu-ray special features)

In the never-produced animated series Star Trek: Final Frontier, set during the 2460s, Andoria was destroyed by the Romulans.

While Star Trek: Enterprise portrayed Andoria as a moon, Gabriel Lorca mentions "the moons of Andoria" in DIS: "Context Is for Kings", which appears to establish that Andoria had its own system of moons. Moons around moons are currently believed to be theoretically possible, but not stable, due to tidal forces causing them to de-orbit. [1] [2] Lorca may have alternatively been referring to other moons within the Andorian system.

Reference material Edit

The Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 26) classified Andoria as a class M moon.

According to Star Trek: Star Charts (pp. 19, 36, 52 & 60), Andoria was a class M planet located in the Procyon binary star system. This system consisted of an F-type main-sequence star orbited by an A-type main-sequence star, with Andoria identified as the eighth planet. It was the capital of the Andorian Empire, and a founding member of the United Federation of Planets in 2161. The capital of Andoria was Andor, and 38.2 billion people lived on Andoria. Andorians became warp-capable in 1154 AD. Andoria was located in the Andorian Sector, also known as Sector 006. This sector was the sixth explored by Earth ships. In his final voyage in 2120, Zefram Cochrane visited Andoria.

According to Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), Andoria (Andor, or Procyon VIIIA) was a moon of Andor. It was the capital of the Andorian Empire, and a founding member of the UFP in 2161. The capital of Andoria was Laikan. The primary species were Andorian and Aenar. In the late 24th century, there were 1.8 billion Andorians and 4.1 million Aenar living on this moon. Andoria became warp-capable in 1154 AD. In his final voyage in 2120, Zefram Cochrane visited Andoria.

Apocrypha Edit

In Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Volume One, Thirishar ch'Thane and Prynn Tenmei note the differences between the names "Andor" and "Andoria". While Tenmei grew up thinking of ch'Thane's homeworld as "Andoria", ch'Thane grew up knowing it as "Andor". Conversely, ch'Thane grew up thinking of Tenmei's homeworld as "Terra", only to discover that Terrans call it "Earth".

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