Star Trek Expanded Universe

Coridan (also known as Coridan III or Coridan Prime) was a class M planet located in the Alpha Quadrant and home to the Coridans. The planet was the location of significant dilithium deposits. By the mid-23rd century, the Coridan workforce was woefully inadequate to the task of mining their extensive dilithium reserves, and they were unable to defend themselves from Orion incursions. To remedy these situations, Coridan sought membership in the United Federation of Planets. (TOS: "Journey to Babel")

Coridan's star had the Flamsteed designation 54 Orionis. (Star Trek Star Charts). It is 28 light-years from Earth.

During the Dominion War, the planet was attacked by the Dominion. The attack's objective was not to occupy the planet but rather to disrupt the dilithium mining. Despite the protection of the Sixth and Sixteenth Fleets the Dominion forces entered orbit and bombarded the surface, destroying mining equipment and collapsing several mines causing thousands of deaths. (DS9: "One Little Ship"; The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon)

Janielle Potvin and Mavis Warrington were both Coridan natives, and both attended Waverly Prep. In addition, high school, and, in general, mandatory education on Coridan was notorious for its systematic usage of grade skipping, which all but ensured that any student that was, at any given point in their mandatory schooling, within the best 8% of their grade at a given school, skipped at least one grade, as long as the parents didn't attempt to have their kids transferred off-world. Only the final year of each level couldn't be skipped; people who achieved the top-8% rank at the end of elementary school simply skipped the first year of high school. For people who could never achieve the threshold, high school lasted five years. The people could tell the most skilled apart academically by the number of grades skipped (assuming the kid wasn't transferred off-world at any given point). (Star Trek: False Vacuum: "Scrap Yard Vegas")


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