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The Rutians were a spacefaring humanoid race from the planet Rutia IV. By 2366, they remained unaligned, despite a long history of trade relations with the Federation.

Female Rutians were characterized by light-red hair with a dark streak running through the left side of it while male Rutians often had dark hair with a lock of grey hair running through it on the right. (TNG: "The High Ground")

Mazarites sported a similar hair pattern.


Around 2296, the eastern continent denied the western continent independence, an event considered to be the start of the Ansata movement which lasted for generations.

By 2366, the Ansata had started to use violence, ending a generation of peace. The organization only had around two-hundred members, though over five thousand people were considered to be sympathetic to their cause. While the sympathizers participated in demonstrations, strikes and riots, the Ansata themselves used bombings and murders, but usually did not take hostages.

That year, the USS Enterprise-D visited Rutia to deliver medical supplies in relation to the crisis. While there, Ansata terrorists kidnapped Doctor Beverly Crusher and Captain Jean-Luc Picard, demanding that a Federation mediator be sent to Rutia to settle the dispute. The leader of the Ansata at the time was Kyril Finn, who was killed during an attempt to rescue the hostages. (TNG: "The High Ground")

Society and technology[]

The Rutians had a police force that was forced to guard against the Ansata group.

During the 2360s, Federation weaponry was more advanced then that of the Rutians. The Ansata utilized folded-space transporters based on the Elway Theorem.

Planetary transport on Rutia included police transports and shuttlebusses, the latter seating up to sixty schoolchildren. (TNG: "The High Ground")

The Rutians also possessed warp-powered vehicles. In 2368, a Rutian archaeological vessel was in the vicinity of Dulisian IV. (TNG: "Unification II")