The Trabe were a humanoid, spacefaring civilization from the Delta Quadrant. The Trabe had conquered the Kazon and integrated them into their society as slave labor, forcing them to live in squalor, separated from the Trabe, who lived in luxury. The Trabe went so far as to provoke the various Kazon sects into fighting among themselves in order to keep them under control. Outsiders, such as the Talaxians, knew the Trabe as a highly cultured species. The Trabe did not reveal the truth regarding their oppression of the Kazon, and other governments did not intervene for fear of losing trade opportunities. (VOY: "Alliances")

In 2345, Jal Sankur united the Kazon sects in rebellion against their Trabe oppressors, forcing them to flee their homeworld. The various sects took control of much of the Trabe space fleet, using it for their own ends, and soon began fighting among themselves once again, but they remained united in preventing the Trabe from finding a new homeworld. (VOY: "Initiations", "Maneuvers")

In 2372, attempts by Captain Kathryn Janeway of the Federation starship USS Voyager to form an alliance with one or more Kazon sects led to her forming such an alliance with the Trabe instead. The Trabe leader, Mabus, proposed a bolder plan, one that would bring peace between Voyager, the Trabe, and the Kazon. However, after many of the Kazon sect leaders met for a peace conference, Mabus made an attempt to assassinate all of them in one move, aiming to decapitate the Kazon Order and leave the Trabe unopposed in finding a new homeworld. This plan failed when Voyager fired upon the Trabe ship attacking the conference, forcing it to quickly withdraw. Janeway dissolved their alliance shortly thereafter. (VOY: "Alliances")

Teirna claimed that his parents were killed in a Trabe attack shortly after he was born. (VOY: "Basics, Part I")


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