Nolth was the fourth planet in the Halat star system in the Orion Neutrality Area in the Alpha or the Beta Quadrant. It was the only class M planet in its system, and it had one moon. It was home to an Orion Colony.
Nolth was originally inhabited by the Hathine, its dominant native race, who rose to become one of the strongest civilizations active near Rigel and a founding member of the Nine Worlds Confederation circa 700 BCE (that is, 800 years after 1508 BCE, reference stardate −35/0811). As signatories to the Treaty of Kammzdast, the Hathine employed Orion slaves.
With the outbreak of the Orion War from 94 BCE (stardate −20/94) to 56 BCE (stardate −20/56), the Orion slaves rebelled. They sabotaged the Nine Worlds Confederation war effort, kept their ground forces occupied and hindered their space efforts, no matter the risk to themselves.
Eventually, the Hathine were wiped out by Rigellian fever, leaving only their former Orion slaves alive and their beautiful cities intact. With the aid of Orion refugees from the Outer Dark, Nolth was quickly rebuilt and it experienced a renaissance of Orion culture. It had a largely peaceful history ever since.
Despite having a surprisingly large number of 325 major families (according to the Orion Registry), together with their households and retainers, this was the most relatively peaceful of Orion colonies in the late 23rd century. The world was governed by an elected planetary council, which in turn elected the planet's ruling Judge. At this time, Judge Fyash Motin the Fat ruled for over 32 standard years.
Nolth did a busy trade with Federation, Klingon and other merchants, while some entrepreneurs funded trading expeditions as far as the Triangle and beyond. Its most famous product was Nolth wool, taken from mutant sheep-like creatures bred to grow to huge size: typically 15 to 20 meters long and massing over 25 tons.
It also traded heavily in pharmaceuticals and medicinal products, with development funded by various anonymous sources. Security around the drug industry was extremely tight, and though Starfleet was certain that Nolth produced many addictive substances that entered Federation markets, it was so far unable to prove it, stop it, or even trace the distribution network. There was also an unconfirmed report that an anti-aging drug was secretly developed here.
Nolth had a warm temperate climate, a class M terrestrial atmosphere and a 20-hour day. It had a total surface area of 426,384,790 square kilometers and, with 73% land mass, a total land area of 311,260,890 square kilometers. About 14% of Nolth's makeup was normal metals, 26% was radioactive elements, 7% was special minerals and 2% was gemstones, with only trace amounts of industrial crystals. (FASA RPG module: The Orions: Book of Common Knowledge)