Ba'ku village

The center of the Ba'ku village

The Ba'ku village was a settlement built by the Ba'ku on a planet in the Briar Patch, after they left their homeworld in 2066. The population of the village was six hundred in 2375.

The village included a garden, a communal eating area, and public spaces where artisans could practice and showcase their crafts. Adjacent to the village was a river crossed by two bridges, and an artificial lake created by a dam. Nearby were farms with bales of hay, and further were mountains and caves. The village contained little technology, as per the Ba'ku philosophy of simple living.

Ba'ku village through duckblind windows

The Ba'ku village through Starfleet duckblind windows

Ba'ku food place

An eating area in the village

In 2375, Starfleet constructed a duck blind near the village as part of a secret joint mission with the Son'a to relocate the Ba'ku and harvest their planet's metaphasic radiation. A team of Starfleet officers roamed the village, observing the Ba'ku while wearing isolation suits.

While following some Ba'ku children, Lieutenant Commander Data discovered a Federation holoship hidden in the lake and was shot by a Son'a, causing him to malfunction. Acting solely by his ethical subroutines, Data attacked his teammates and exposed the duck blind, leading to an investigation by the USS Enterprise that uncovered the relocation plan. Shortly after, the Son'a attempted to abduct the Ba'ku by force, forcing the Ba'ku to flee the village while under fire by Son'a shuttles. They were able to return to the village after the Enterprise destroyed the Son'a collector. (Star Trek: Insurrection)

The Ba'ku village was the first element that John Eaves designed for Star Trek: Insurrection. As the movie originally had a larger budget, Eaves's first concepts were much more elaborate, featuring buildings built into a mountain in a tropical environment. Eventually, the village had to be scaled back to something that could be plausibly duplicated in the holoship. (Star Trek: The Art of John Eaves, pp. 60–61)
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