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The Turkana system was an inhabited planetary system in the Beta Quadrant. An Earth colony was established on Turkana IV. This colony disintegrated into internecine warfare and eventually severed relations with the Federation.

In 2259, the location of this system was labeled on a stellar cartography chart that was seen on the USS Enterprise's ready room viewscreen. This system's symbol had a blue color, indicating that it was affiliated with the United Federation of Planets. (SNW: "Strange New Worlds", "Children of the Comet", "Spock Amok")

In 2352, the crew of a Starfleet starship rescued Tasha Yar from Turkana IV. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "The Naked Now", "Legacy")

In 2361, the starship USS Potemkin visited the system. The colonists issued a warning to the starship captain not to beam any of his crew down. (TNG: "Legacy")

In 2367, the USS Enterprise-D entered this system in response to a distress call from the freighter Arcos. (TNG: "Legacy")

In 2371, the location of Turkana IV was labeled in the star chart Data and Picard were studying in stellar cartography aboard the USS Enterprise-D. (Star Trek Generations display graphic)

The system's location was labeled in a Federation star chart that was in Fleet Admiral Kirsten Clancy's office at Starfleet Headquarters in 2399 and on the bridge of the USS Titan-A in 2401. The Turkana system was in or near to Federation space. (PIC: "Maps and Legends", "The Next Generation", "Disengage")

The system may have been named after the Turkana, a culture of Kenya, Africa.

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