The site of a failed Skagaran colony, this planet was selected by the Skagarans for a colony during Earth's 1860s. The planet, with little water, had animals indigenous to the planet such as bluehorns and sun vipers.
To help facilitate the construction of the colony, the Skagarans kidnapped a Human settlement, originally located in the western United States of America, and transported them to the planet aboard their starship to work as slaves. The humans taken were purposely chosen as they lived in America's rocky desert regions, and the Skagarans reasoned that they would be the best adapted to the new planet's identical environment.
After a violent uprising led by Cooper Smith, the Skagarans were overthrown and the Humans emerged as the dominant species. With all of their technology purposely destroyed by the Humans so it could not be used to enslave them again, the stranded Skagarans, and by proxy, their descendants, had no choice but to adapt to the Humans' way of life.
By the 2150s, the planet had a population of six thousand Humans and less than one thousand Skagarans. There were several settlements, spread over an area of a few hundred kilometers near the edge of a mountain range. Humans and Skagarans mostly separated, one of the Skagaran encampments being Skag town, whereas a mainly Human town was North Star. The region south of North Star was mainly used for raising bluehorns, with the land there not suitable for much else.
Having not developed beyond the mid-19th century American culture of the Humans' ancestors over the past three centuries, the planet had a justice system incorporating juries, and practiced the death penalty by hanging. Skagarans were treated differently under the law, for example killing a man was considered a hanging offense for a Skagaran, whether it was in self-defense or not. Lynchings also occurred on the planet.
"North Star" writer David A. Goodman jokingly theorized that, following Enterprise's visit, this planet was turned into a pleasure planet where the inhabitants of the planet continued to re-enact the Ancient West. Goodman likened it to Walt Disney World and Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. ("North Star" audio commentary, ENT Season 3 Blu-ray special features)
The Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 291) and StarTrek.com classified the Skagaran colony planet as a class M planet. The Star Trek Encyclopedia authors date the settling of this planet to around 1853.
According to the ''Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), the Delphic Expanse, and by extension the Skagaran colony, was located in the Beta Quadrant.