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Andorians are a humanoid alien species in the Star Trek universe. According to the Memory Alpha wiki, they are "from the moon Andoria, homeworld of the Andorian Empire, and one of the founding members of the United Federation of Planets." [1] Andorians are blue with white hair and are one of the few Star Trek aliens with antennae.

Andorians were introduced in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Journey to Babel," but did not feature prominently again on televised Star Trek until Star Trek: Enterprise, primarily due to the difficulty involved with the makeup required. In the animated series episode "Yesteryear", an Andorian named Thelin was First Officer of the Enterprise in Spock's place in the alternative timeline.

Enterprise featured several reoccurring Andorian characters, the most prominent of which was Shran.

A Few Canon Facts About Andorians

Andorians have blue blood. The antennae are used for balance, and can be moved voluntarily in communication. They also have some sensory abilities. An antenna that gets cut off can be regrown after several months.

A subspecies, or ethnic minority, exists called the Aenar - they are pale white and blind, but have enhanced telepathic and sensory perception through their antennae. Hybrid or half-Aenar/Andorian children exist - with pale grey or mint green skin color.

Prior to joining the Federation, the Andorians were a militaristic race which had fought a several hundred-year war with the Vulcans, their territorial neighbors. In contrast, the Aenar follow a strict policy of non-violence and stood apart from the rest of Andorian culture.

Andoria is covered in ice, and Andorians live underground in terraformed habitats. Andorians live in clan-based family groups. An Andorian wedding requires four participants.

Within the Federation, Andorian ale is a popular beverage. It is alcoholic and blue. The Andorians also have an art academy which is one of the most prominent in the Federation.

The Fanon Andorian

an ad for "Blue Shoulders," artist uncredited, from In a Plain Brown Wrapper #1

Although Star Trek tie-in novels are not considered canon by Paramount, the owners of the Star Trek intellectual property, the books have for many years had their own consistent canon. Within this canon, the Andorian culture has been fleshed out beyond what was shown on television. Book series' Andorians have four genders: chan, thaan, zhen and shen. Chan and thaan are 'male', with zhen and shen being 'female'. During reproduction, the chan and thaan must fertilize the shen's egg, which is then carried to term and nursed by the zhen, who does not contribute to the child genetically.

Andorian names reflect gender, with the gender prefix going before the clan name. For example, Thirishar ch'Thane, a chan of the Thane clan. In addition, most Andorians shorten their first name for every day use - Thirishar is 'Shar' to his friends. As a result, Andorian also has distinct words for the polite address of an Andorian's proper gender. In mixed species society, Andorians will not take insult at being referred to as 'he' or 'she', so long as it is the correct gender analogue. For more on Andorian gender in the books, Andorian Gender on Memory Beta will be enlightening.

Within the book series, the need for four genders along with a gradual creep of infertility of unknown cause has resulted in a crash of the Andorian population. As Andoria is a founding member of the Federation, this has great political import.

Leslie Fish wrote an extensive fannish work on Andorians in The Sehlat's Roar #2, called A Summary of the Physiological Roots of Andorian Culture. The article features the chapters:

from the back page of Trexperts #45, artist: Jeri Flick
  • General Description
  • Coloration and Its Effects
  • Significance of the Antennae
  • Cultural Effects of the Diet
  • Complexity of the Reproductive Mechanism
  • Cultural Effects of the Reproductory Process
  • Social Effects of Andorian Fertility
  • Cultural Effects of the Clan-Centered Social Structure
  • Social Checks on Aggression
  • The Effects of Space Travel and Federation Membership

Influential Andorian Fanworks

the Andorian, Therin, played by fan Ian McLean

Some Andorian Fanart

interior art from the zine The Other Side of Paradise #3 by Leslie Fish (1978). Note: This image has been marked as sexually explicit and has been minimised.
cover of The Star Fleet Handbook 10, a non-fiction zine which in this issue covered Andorians
interior art in NTM Collected #1
cover of Warp #50, enjoying a bit of cake

More Fannish Information About Andorians

References

  1. from a 1988 flyer for Kiron III
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