For the mirror universe counterpart, see Cestus III (mirror).

Cestus III was a planet near the border between the United Federation of Planets and the Gorn Hegemony. It was referred to as Inner Eliar by the Gorn. (TOS episode: "Arena", TTN novel: Seize the Fire)

Decipher lists the planet as being located in the Alpha Quadrant, whereas Star Charts lists the planet as being in the Beta Quadrant.


Animals similar to dinosaurs existed on Cestus III in the distant past. (DS9 novel: Bajor: Fragments and Omens)

Starfleet first discovered Cestus III in 2258 when it was charted by the USS Coronado. (Decipher RPG module: Worlds)

In 2267, the Federation established the Cestus III outpost there, unaware of Gorn claims in that region of space. (TOS episode: "Arena") gives the dispute date as 2366. It is unclear if this is a typo or if there was another dispute over the planet in that year.

A Gorn Alliance starship, the Gress'sril assaulted the planet in 2267, in what became known as the Cestus III Massacre, after which the vessel was pursued by a Federation starship, namely the USS Enterprise. The outpost was destroyed by the Gorn, and all personnel lost, despite the unintentional warning of an accidental time traveler from the 24th century. The Federation could be forgiven for not knowing of the Gorn claim to the planet; it was situated on the edge of Gorn territory and little effort had been made by the Gorn to settle on its surface or substantiate the claim. (TNG novel: Requiem, Decipher RPG module: Worlds)

Elizabeth Sherwood was a young child when her parents were killed by the Gorn attack on Cestus III, an event that motivated her to join Starfleet in an attempt to protect others from such tragedy. Enrolled in Starfleet Academy in the early 2280s, Sherwood was among a group of officer-cadets who were instructed by Captain Spock. (ST comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek, Issue 2")

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The Surface of Cestus III (2267)

Following intervention by the Metrons, the Gorn ceded Cestus III to the Federation. The planet became a thriving colony world over the course of the next century, with several cities springing up across the planet, including Pike City (the capital), Johnson City, Lakeside, New Chicago, Palombo, Port Shangri-La, and Prairieview, and eventually was elevated above its colony status to become a member in its own right. (TNG novel: A Time for War, A Time for Peace)

Many of the colonists, during the 23rd century, began to experiment with crossbreeding fruits from Earth with some of the local plants which ultimately resulted in the production of wines, liquors and other agricultural products which were unique to Cestus III. Attempts to trade with the Gorn or exploit the planet's mineral wealth met with limited success, although the economy was sufficiently diverse and productive enough for the colonists to produce all of their basic needs. The planet experienced a significant population explosion in 2370 when, following the formal end of the Federation-Cardassian War, Cestus III accepted a quarter-million people displaced by the establishment of the Demilitarized Zone. (TNG novel: A Time for War, A Time for Peace, Decipher RPG module: Worlds)

The old Earth sport baseball saw a renaissance on Cestus III in 2371, with the establishment of the Cestus Baseball League along with Pike City Pioneers. (DS9 episode: "Family Business", DS9 episode: "The Way of the Warrior") The sport of marathon running also played an important role here. (ST - New Worlds, New Civilizations short story: "The Footfalls of Tradition")

In 2374, the Gorn Hegemony faced a coup d'etat, and the rebellious warrior caste launched a surprise invasion of Cestus. Fortunately, the rebellion was short-lived, and Gorn forces withdrew to their own territory. (TNG comic: "The Gorn Crisis")


Emblem of the Pike City Pioneers baseball team.

In 2379, Cestus Governor Nanietta Bacco launched a successful campaign for the office of President of the United Federation of Planets, following the unexpected resignation of her predecessor, President Min Zife. Bacco was succeeded as Governor of Cestus III by former Lieutenant Governor Yrolla Gari.

President Bacco returned to Cestus III to throw out the first pitch of the 2380 Cestus Baseball League season. President Bacco was an avid follower of the Pike City Pioneers. (TNG novel: A Time for War, A Time for Peace; ST novel: Articles of the Federation)

Borg destinyEdit

Cestus III saw a significant influx of refugees following the Borg Invasion of 2381. It was also the destination of Kovlessa, a refugee vessel which falsely claimed to have been turned away at planet Zalda, sparking a brief diplomatic crisis between Zalda and the Federation. The USS Cheiron was dispatched to provide additional aid. (ST novel: A Singular Destiny)

Path to the 25th centuryEdit

In 2389, the Treaty of Cestus III brought about a unique way to settle a conflict between the Gorn Hegemony and the Klingon Empire - a baseball game between the Gorn and the Pike City Pioneers. The Gorn's team, the genetically-enhanced S'Yahazah City Talons, proved to be more than a match for the Pioneers until the eighth inning, when a Gorn pitcher, succumbing to the effects of Meridor-drugged water, drunkenly revealed himself as an Undine infiltrator. Despite the Talons' large lead, the game was given to the Pioneers and the Gorn Hegemony was forced to back down after other races told them to back off. (The Needs of the Many)

Federation President Aennik Okeg visited Cestus III on his first state trip, occurring in 2392. The planet also had the Federation's diplomatic team, led by Alexander Rozhenko, who attempted to negotiate a cease fire between the Gorn Hegemony and Klingon Empire. (ST website: The Path to 2409)

In 2399, Okeg uses Cestus III in an example of a location reachable using the Federation's newly opened transwarp network. (ST website: The Path to 2409)

The world was invaded by the Klingon and Gorn in 2408. Despite Starfleet protests, the residents refused to leave. (ST website: The Path to 2409)


Much of the planet's southern hemisphere was dominated by a large bowl-shaped continent which had a single mountain range, the Coronado Mountains, running along its middle. In the northern hemisphere, there were several island continents. Most settlements could be found on the coast of the large southern continent. (Decipher RPG module: Worlds)



Points of InterestEdit

Natural HistoryEdit

The climate of Cestus III was often dry; however, temperatures around the equator rarely rose above 30 degrees Celsius and what few storms the planet experienced were often mild and provided needed moisture. (Decipher RPG module: Worlds)

Greelaks were a reptilian species native to Cestus III. (TNG novel: Q & A)

Noted CestiansEdit


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