Updated: Apr 21
The Meli are the inhabitants of Melus, the first planet in the Melus system.
The Federation first encountered the Meli in 2417 when, on the search for Captain Samuel Bishop, the system was flagged up as a point of interest, having traced a "Sacred Band" warp trail into the system. Upon their arrival, they found that the planet was home to a civilisation that was on the brink of a catastrophic event; overpopulation. They also found "Sacred Band" bases set up all over the planet, primed to release a deadly chemical. Fearing the worst, the SAR Taskforce beamed down to one of the bases in an attempt to prevent the base from disappearing and to stop the release of the chemical. On the former point, they succeeded. On the latter, they failed, and the chemical was released all over the planet. This chemical did not cause the mass extinction that the Taskforce had expected, rather, it seemed to chemically render parts of the population infertile, so as to prevent further population growth.
In addition to this, Captain Alistair Nimitz covertly aided their shuttle in their attempts to colonise their moon, Tyrus. This success led them into a new scientific age, where they were able to move from their planet and colonise others, preventing a large war and aiding their overpopulation crisis.
Appearance and Biology
The Meli are remarkably similar to humans, though they have a few differences. They tend to be bigger and bulkier than humans, as well having more hair than their human counterparts; it is more likely than not that you will see males sport large beards and long hair. Females too are more likely to have their hair long, rather than short.
The Meli also have larger respiratory organs to aid breathing in the thinner atmosphere. They have smaller but stronger hearts which beat at an average of 150-200 beats per minute when at rest. They have smaller brains, which have three lobes instead of two.
The Meli used to live on average, for about 40 Earth years, although recent advances in medicine have seen the average rise to over 100 years. Both males and females are able to reproduce their entire lives. A Meli female's menstruation cycle lasts for two weeks. The Meli reproduce in the same way as humans do, with pregnancies lasting for 4-5 months. After this, a child matures quickly and reaches adulthood by the age of 10.
The Meli are pantheistic. There have been many forms of Deity that have been worshipped, but three main deities are as follows:
Jerus - Deity of Knowledge
Lipla - Deity of Love
Olo - Deity of Unity and Justice
The fourth (unofficial) deity is said to be that of evil, and is who was blamed for the Population Crisis:
Vixtrix - All that is Evil
Deities are not overtly worshipped but are respected by acts which they represent; to worship Jerus, you would strive to achieve knowledge, to worship Lipla, you would strive to love and procreate, and to worship Olo, you would be good and kind. Religion also instilled a form of morality into the Meli. Acts which did the opposite of worship would be frowned upon. Transgressors would stand trial and be sentenced to rehabilitation, depending on what the act was.
Through the use of the World Nation, the Meli's technological development has been rapid and focused. However, to say this was a new phenomenon would be inaccurate; ever since the formation of the three Empires and the advent of peace, the Meli have been able to focus solely on scientific advancement, even more so when the printing press was invented in the early Iron age period. Information and collaboration were able to happen on a worldwide scale, with ideas being able to spread quickly. This was only compounded by the breakthroughs in the field of electricity, in what would have been the early Renaissance period. The World Nation built upon this idea of shared ownership and shared information. Had the population crisis not have occurred, it is likely that the Meli would have developed a successful space program only a few years after they did; perhaps they would have discovered FTL travel along with their first steps into space. The Tyrus Space Program would have been the last attempt at solving the Meli overpopulation problem peacefully, however. When the M.W.N. Sanctuary, a spacecraft similar to Earth's own Space Shuttles, encountered an engine problem in orbit around Tyrus, nations started to band together in secret underground factions, ready to commit genocide if needed to save themselves. However, when the Sanctuary was able somehow, to fix their engine problem and deploy Tyrus Base Alpha, it heralded a new age for the Meli. It was around this time when the birth rate halved, though there has been no explanation as to why.
A few months later, Meli scientists would discover the warp drive. The discovery was the final wake up call to any doubters, that the Meli had finally entered the space stage.
The Meli are scientifically very advanced, with medical advancement being on par with 23rd Century Federation knowledge. Engineering technology seems to be a little less developed when it comes to spacecraft, having had to speed through the development phase due to their overpopulation crisis. Militarily, there has been little development, other than the development of energy ballistics (the Meli had never discovered explosives). Even this is crude, with weapons akin to Earth age muskets.
Meli Culture is one that has changed very rapidly over the last few centuries. Originally nomadic, Meli tribes fought for survival. However, when the Meli entered their Iron Age, the temperature on the planet warmed. This allowed for an abundance of materials and food, which facilitated the growth of cities and empires. The largest which prevailed beyond the Iron Age were called the Grandua, the Ustina and the Kaybara Empires, with each empire gradually growing to stretch over each of the three large landmasses. However, instead of butting heads, these empires lived in peaceful coexistence with the other throughout their medieval age. With the absence of war, the empires bypassed the Renaisannce and much of the Enlightenment age. Given the lack of war between the empires, a populist movement called the Free Nations Movement arose almost simultaneously between the three empires. Following a bloodless coup, the empires shattered into smaller nations. Although this self-determination was at first welcome, it was hampered by the lack of unity amongst the nations. Before things could devolve into chaos, the Free Nations Movement evolved into a World Nation Movement. Each Nation would elect a representative who would pick a World Minister. The World Minister would decide the agenda for the world for a term of 5 years before re-election.
What made the system work, was the unity amongst nations. Unselfish, each nation would work for the betterment of her people and help provide for the betterment of the nation. The World Nation would work to make sure each nation was able to play her part in the system and to provide the much-needed unity for growth. This system worked and was untested until the population crisis. The success in the development of medicine and science more than doubled the lifespan of the Meli. In addition to their polygamous culture and rapid birthrates, this pushed the population to the brink. The World Nation realised this problem and began to push the boundaries of science to develop space technologies in order to spread into the stars. Whilst the attempt at spacefaring was a noble one, it was wrought with inaccuracies due to speed. Meanwhile, the World Nation had to begin to impose strict laws on nations, curtailing freedoms, in order to suppress the birthrate. This did not go down well within the nations, and unrest began to boil over, with the fear of war looming over the Meli's heads. War was something that the Meli had not seen in centuries.
AAR: Investigation of POI 3 - ENS Aruyo
SUBMITTED: Stardate 94145 FILED BY: ENS L. Aruyo SECURITY: Level 2 - Confidential LOCATION: POI 3, Alpha 7190 Sector MISSION: Find and rescue Captain Bishop OUTCOME: Pre-Warp civilisation discovered. The Sacred Band bases found and neutralised but could not stop an infertility chemical from being dispersed over the planet. KEY PERSONNEL: CAPT Andrej Timoreev (USS Attar) CAPT Christina Boris (USS Zenobia) CAPT Alistair Nimitz (USS Akagi) CAPT Leila Omar (USS Lexington) CAPT Keelah Se'Lai CMDR Beylara Ailes (USS William Ockham) CMDR Chance Wilson (USS Fearless) CMDR Thalszhyl'ia Zh’Zhavis LT Joshua Hart ENS Aruyo Lara NARRATIVE:Before warping into the system, we decided that due to the events of the past three encounters with The Sacred Band, we would take precautions again. Once again, we prepared our deflectors to emit anti-proton bursts to reveal any hidden ships, and instead of one warp point, we would warp in from three different locations; the Attar would warp in with the Akagi on Point Alpha, the Lexington would warp in with the William Ockham on Point Beta, and the Fearless would warp in with the Zenobia at Point Gamma. The system contained the Class M planet, as suspected, and a singular moon. Upon arrival, we could detect no hidden ships, but the Attar did detect a pre-warp vessel, much like an old Earth space shuttle, orbiting the moon. Upon examination and interception of the communications, it was clear that the shuttle was experiencing a catastrophic engine failure; communications between the planet and the shuttle indicated that the shuttle crew were not able to fix the problem and eventually sent all the data they could back to the planet, trying to fix the problem themselves as the shuttle went out of the communications range of the planet. We also learnt from the communications, that the planet was suffering from severe overpopulation, and that the space shuttle was a desperate attempt to be able to reach new worlds to save themselves. Meanwhile, scans on the planet confirmed the overpopulation but also revealed the presence of thirty to forty Sacred Band bases scattered all over the planet. We were unsure of whether the local population had discovered these bases since they appeared not to be hidden at all albeit located in remote environments, for example, deep underwater or placed on the top of a mountain. Scans from the William Ockham revealed that these bases all had some sort of device in them and that these devices seemed to contain some sort of strange chemical. Unsure of what this device was and what impact it would have, the commanding officers debated as to how best to act, given that they were bound to the Prime Directive. Continuing to monitor communications on the planet, Commander Zhyl'ia and I found encrypted communications stating that one nation on the planet had indeed discovered a "chemical" and were willing to use it, though we were unsure whether this was the same chemical in the Sacred Band bases or another, nor did we know what "use it" entailed. The commanding officer's hand was played, however, as the bases began to power up at the same time we discovered someone listening in to our own communications. Commander Zhyl'ia informed us that the bases would soon begin to phase once they were activated, and Commander Alies told us that the trigger mechanism for the chemicals was linked to the phasing, and that if the bases should phase, the chemical would be released. With this in mind, an away team was assembled to beam down to the base and stop the phasing. The actions of the away team will be posted in an addendum to this report, but a quick summary of the actions of the team are as follows: the team beamed down and stopped the phasing of the base, but were unable to prevent the chemical from being released. The chemical quickly spread all around the planet in a matter of seconds, given the strategic placement of the bases to maximise dispersal. Analysis of the chemical compound (attached) showed that it was a form of population control, designed to render parts of the population infertile. With all crew members accounted for, it was decided that we would leave a probe in order to monitor the development of this civilisation, and then head back off to DS13. RECOMMENDATION: Whilst there were no casualties this time, the actions of the Sacred Band continue to confuse us. There was no sign of Captain Bishop and with this POI investigated, we are out of leads as to his whereabouts. I also recommend that we continue to monitor the development of this civilisation so we can see to what extent the infertility chemical has affected them. //ATTACHMENT// chemical_analysis.dat OOC: This is the AAR report for the Investigation of POI 3 for Sam's SAR. If I have misspelt anyone's names, got ranks incorrect, misrepresented or omitted actions, please let me know and I'll edit the report!
Posted Feb 22, 18 · OP · Last edited Feb 22, 18
AAR: Investigation of POI 3 - CAPT Nimitz
SUBMITTED: Stardate 94145 FILED BY: CAPT Nimitz A.H. SECURITY: Level 3 - Restricted
LOCATION: POI 3, Alpha 7190 Sector
MISSION: Find and rescue Captain Bishop
OUTCOME: Pre-Warp civilization discovered. The Sacred Band bases found and neutralised but could not stop an infertility chemical from being dispersed over the planet.
CAPT A. Nimitz CMDR C. Wilson CMDR Z. zh'Zhavis MACO Team 16 Lt J. Hart ENS A. Lara
NARRATIVE: Before I start the ground mission AAR, I need to confess that I disobeyed Captain Timoreev's orders to not render aid to the shuttle that was losing orbit over the moon. Keeping in line of making sure that the shuttle crew didn't know what was happening, the Akagi beamed the whole crew into the holodeck with a program that lead them to think they were under the influence of a hallucinogenic gas leak. Sending over a repair team to fix their shuttle. we left small traces of hallucinogenic gas in the air of the shuttle before we returned them to give no evidence that they had ever left or that there was any outside aid rendered. The Akagi continued to keep an eye on the shuttle as they evened out, and made their landing safely on the moon's surface. Listening into their radio communication they showed no signs of knowing about outside aide and they were much more happy that they managed to land the shuttle safely and didn't question the events of what occurred. The Akagi kept watch as they began to set up a base on their moon.
The ground mission began as it was reported that the bases on the surface began to phase out. Beaming down to lead the second away team, the first being the MACO Team 16, which cleared a path needed to the control room of the base. Myself, Commander Wilson and zh’Zhavis, Lt Hart and Ensign Lara beamed down as the second team. We quickly escorted Commander zh’Zhavis to the control room of the base. Upon reaching the control room, I sent Commander Wilson and Lieutenant Hart to investigate where the chemicals were being held. Leaving Ensign Lara to stand guard outside the control room, I entered to look around to find any information left behind. I was able to learn that the chemicals were not designed to wipe out the planet's population. Shortly after, Commander zh'Zhavis told me to begin evacuating the base. After a short discussion I agreed to allow her two minutes before coming back for her. After being beamed up to the shuttle, I discovered that she had removed her comm badge. The base then phased out with the Commander still inside, but reappeared after seconds. Taking the shuttle and setting up a containment field because the chemicals were released upon the phase out, we beamed her up by locking on her bio signs.
Upon returning to the Lexington we found out that the chemicals were a genophage to help the local population get back under control. While Commander zh'Zhavis was exposed, she was not infected because the genophage was keyed to only infect the locals of the planet. The Akagi was also able to catch a broadcast from the shuttlecrew to their ground control about how this is now the beginning of a new age.
RECOMMENDATION: I believe we need to keep an eye on the genophage that has been infected upon the planet, while it's likely that the Sacred Band has a cure that they might be willing to share once their population crisis is over, it will be best if we get started on a cure of our own to give to them when the time comes that it begins to threaten their survival as a species.