History and specifics
Alsand appeared nondescript from orbit.
In the 2260s, Alsand had been at war with Elethia, a planet three days away at warp speed in a neighboring system. The region was spooked by the mysterious insectoid Harst as well as pirate activity, and in a location not visited often by the starship USS Enterprise.
In 2268, the Enterprise orbited Alsand to deliver the entourage of Queen Apathei, who emigrated to Alsand to assume the head of that world's government, an agreement that ended their war. (TOS - Star Trek: The Manga - Kakan ni Shinkou comic: "Scaean Gate")