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January - April 2013 – Yang Zutal
The Yang Zutal are an advanced humanoid race originally from the M51 "Whirlpool" Galaxy approximately twenty million lightyears distant from the Milky Way Galaxy. There the thrived and built a vast empire with highly sophisticated technology which had transitioned from working with malleable materials to working with organic materials over the last several thousand years. At some point in time, currently unknown to Federation intelligence, the Yang Zutal came into contact with an equally advanced civilization. The two became embroiled in a terrible war which lasted for centuries until the Zutal unleashed a small fleet of "Planet Killer" devices in a last ditch effort to destroy their enemy. What the Yang Zutal did not count on, however, was that they would be unable to stop their doomsday machines once their enemy had been annihilated. Unable to destroy their own creations, the Yang Zutal gathered what few ships they had remaining and poured all their energy into building a massive colony ship. The colony ship finished its growing cycle just hours before the planet killers converged on the last remaining system in the once mighty Yang Zutal Empire. With little time to spare, the fleet of remaining ships and the colony ship set a course out of the galaxy.
First contact was made between the Yang Zutal and the Klingon Empire in 2386 during which the overzealous Klingon commander opened fire on the small scouting fleet which had been sent ahead of the colony ship. The Klingon vessel was quickly destroyed and its crew captured. After several weeks of interrogation and examination, the Yang Zutal sent one of their smaller vessels to the Klingon homeworld to return the dishonored warriors.
By early 2387, Starfleet Intelligence had dispatched a small force to the Hades System, the last known location of the Zutal fleet. The system was named for the Greek god of the underworld because it consisted entirely of Class-Y "Demon" planets, but further investigation revealed that one of the five planets had already been completely terraformed into a livable, Class-M planet by the Yang Zutal and that a second planet was already over twenty-five percent terraformed.
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