Pi³ Orionis, commonly known as the Orion system or 1 Orionis, was a star system located in the Beta Quadrant, near Federation space. This system is within the Orion sector of the Sirius sector block. (ST reference: Star Charts; STO video game: Star Trek Online)
Details and history
Pi³ Orionis was a trinary star, consisting of three F-type white stars. It had a brightness of magnitude +3. The Orion system was not a member of the Federation, but was located in the midst of Federation-controlled space.
This system was the location of a number of planets, including first planet Orion I, where the Institute of Cosmology was located, and third planet Orion III. (VOY episodes: "Good Shepherd", "The Fight")
|Stars, systems and objects of the Orion constellation|
|46 Orionis (Alnilam, Epsilon Orionis) • 54 Orionis (Chi-1 Orionis, Coridan) • 74 Orionis • Alnilam (46 Orionis, Epsilon Orionis) • Alnitak (Zeta Orionis) • Bellatrix (Gamma Orionis) • Alpha Orionis (Betelgeuse) • Beta Orionis (Rigel) • Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis) • Chi-1 Orionis (54 Orionis, Coridan) • Coridan (54 Orionis, Chi-1 Orionis) • Delta Orionis (Mintaka) • Epsilon Orionis (Alnilam, 46 Orionis) • Gamma Orionis (Bellatrix) • Mintaka (Delta Orionis) • Orion system (Pi-3 Orionis) • Pi-3 Orionis (Orion system) • Rigel (Beta Orionis) • Sigma-1014 Orionis • Zeta Orionis (Alnitak)|
ST reference: Star Charts establishes the Orion system mentioned in canon as being Pi-3 Orionis, a non-Federation location. STO video game: Star Trek Online extrapolates on Star Charts with a sector vicinity named after this location.
Since Star Charts has specific notation regarding Federation and non-Federation systems, we can see that the political status of this system is not as a Federation member, but it is entrenched in Federation space, and is an acceptable destination for travelers from Federation worlds.
While it may appear that the Orion civilization could be associated with this location, none of the canon references thus far added to this wiki article mention the Orions in any way. Non-canon sources do differentiate between the Human-originated terminology "Orion" referring to the constellation (which contains this system), with the Orion people being unrelated (translated from terms such a "Ur'eon"). It could be that this system has been settled by Orions, or had been at some point—but with many other conflicting accounts of Orion history, it is doubtful that this is meant to be their home system or point of origination.