The Jovhan are a small, frail appearing people. Their pinkish complexion and smooth hairless skin, only add to their innocent frailty. Originally discovered by Dr. Shun'de GorVosh II, when he first arrived at what is now known as the 'Hope One' Dyson's Sphere, they became and have remained the Federation's only contact with an intelligent race in the Dyson's Sphere.
Because of their early contact, and their knowledge of the workings of the Dyson's Sphere, they were deeply involved in the construction of the Federation's complex here. They have also become the Federation's primary ally in the Omega Delta-Major Quadrant. Despite their appearance the Jovhan people are far from frail. Their small slender bodies hide a highly efficient muscular and skeletal system. The average Jovhan has nearly twice the strength of an average Human. The Jovhan have an unusual eye structure. This unusual structure gives them sight in the far ends of both the Ultra-violet and Infrared Spectrums. However, it leaves them nearly blind in the 'Visible Spectrum. Jovhan hearing is above average, but again in an unusual way. They have excellent perception on both ends on the normally audible frequencies. However, they have very poor hearing abilities in the frequencies which cover normal humanoid strength. Society in the Jovhan world is a rigid one. It resembles closely the society of any other humanoid culture in the galaxy. It does however differ in that little importance is given to physical ability or appearance. Jovhan judge each other, and themselves, only on what they have contributed to their society. When a member of the Jovhan Society becomes 'unproductive they disappear to some unknown area, to end their lives quickly and quietly. While the Jovhan themselves wear simple, plain clothing, a Jovhan city is considered an artwork in itself. Although the cities do remain in daily repair , no city construction has actually taken place in 'recorded history. This has lead many scientists to hypotheses that there was a collapse of society many years ago, and that the Jovhan are just now recovering. The Jovhan have a technological level nearly that of the Federation of some twenty to a hundred years ago, depending on the field. This leads to what appears to be a strange mix of old and new. While they have nearly reached the Federation Standard in the Medical and Engineering Fields, they are far behind in Warp Field Engineering and Energy Conversion. As an example: When they were first contacted the idea of transporters were totally foreign to them. Now however, with Federation influence and support, they have nearly perfected their own form of the transporter, in under three years. Because of their standing with the Federation, and the fact that no other intelligent species have been found in the Dyson's Sphere, they are considered the ruling species of 'Hope One'.
The Johvan Confederacy
Xenograph: Johvan (see biological report “Xeno#559873”)
Recognized Government: True Democracy with Senatorial Representation
* Jovhan Self Defense Force.
The Federation has been able to learn much about the political process of the Johvan through the alliances we share. While a mistrust of outside forces exists, the Johvan are a peaceful and friendly people who value the sharing of ideas.
The political landscape of the Johvan is based on a deeply rooted disdain of “Tepes.” (See Society) While the Johvan do not believe in the forced imposition of others, they do value the sharing of ideas. Hence the Johvan have developed a true democracy. Each Johvan has an equal and inalienable vote which they can exercise from their homes with the press of a button. Early attempts at this form of government failed due to the fact that in order for a public policy to be enacted, it needed the approval of 100 percent of the voting population in order to protect the minority from Tepes. The Johvan then adapted the idea of majority rule. The rationale being that the wants and ideas of the minority may not be represented, but if 100 percent of the population agreed to live by a majority vote then the act of Tepes had not taken place.
Each Johvani province elects a representative to the Senate. The duty of a Johvan senator is to be the public spokesperson for their region, negotiate inter-provincial trade and commerce and to lobby for the needs and concerns for their province. It is also the Senate’s responsibility to present legislative resolutions to be voted on by the populace.
The Johvani Senate is presided over by the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister is responsible for presiding over political debate and ruling on points of order. The Prime Minister may also contribute to the legislative agenda provided that the proposed resolution affects all Johvan. The primary role of the Prime Minister since first contact, however, has been figurehead of the Johvani people and representative of the Johvan as a whole.
The capitol city of Hern’Gal (see Hope One Geo-map 787.12) serves as the staging ground for political activity.
Note: For more information on Johvani Provinces and elected representatives see Johvani Constitution [appendix A(i)]
Roughly translated “Tepes” refers to the forced imposition of one’s personal ideals or beliefs on another, but also refers to the total subjugation of one race by another. Tepes is considered a high crime by the Johvan. The punishment for such an act depends on the severity of the occurrence. Publicly and intentionally misrepresenting someone else’s religious beliefs may warrant a fine, while the suppression or elimination or an entire religious sect may be punishable by death. Such extreme cases are quite rare in modern Johvani history and most mild cases of Tepes are settled through public apology.
This fear of subjugation is a result of the oppression of the Johvani people by the Builders and then by the Kharians. It has also resulted in an inherent mistrust of technologically superior societies. While evidence that the relationship between the Johvan and the Builders was in fact peaceful and voluntary has recently surfaced, fear of Tepes has not diminished. The Johvani people value personal freedom above all else including their very lives.
The familial structure of the Johvan is quite similar to that of most Humans. A life bond is formed between two adult Johvan and from this union comes offspring which stay with their parents until adulthood.
The Johvani are fast learners who value knowledge and have even allowed their students to study abroad. Thus a majority of the Johvani people are polyglots and can speak Federation common. Several have even mastered other Earth languages.
Until recently the Hope One dyson sphere had no night-day cycle. Saepio, the star enclosed by the sphere, never “set.” Hence their dependence upon and reverence for Saepio is astonishing. Their clothing is multi-colored and bright to glorify Saepio’s power and light. Their buildings are mono-leveled and sprawling in order to maximize the energy output from their roof mounted solar panels, and their agricultural season is year round. Sexual intercourse, while private, almost always takes place in the out of doors, usually in private gardens.
Saepio also plays a large part in the dominant religion of the Johvan people. The Saepiotic Church believes there are two Gods: the cold and punitive Builders and the warm and forgiving Saepio. Saepiotics believe that the Builders created the sphere in an attempt to imprison and rule over the mighty Saepio much like they did with the Johvan people. Saepio drove the Builders from the sphere and took pity on the Johvan people. Saepio gave the Johvan the power to cast aside the chains of the Kharians, and devoted all of his power to the care and love of the Johvan. Unlike most known religions, there are no public Saepiotic temples. Reverence for Saepio is private with single rooms within Johvani homes dedicated only to that pursuit. These rooms are not roofed by solar panels and if they have ceilings at all they are made of glass or a primitive force shield. No artificial forms of light are allowed inside these rooms. Until recently this has been almost a moot point since the need for artificial light sources was rare before the night-day cycle came into being.
In addition to their reverence for Saepio, they also fear a reappearance of the Builders in one form or another during which the Johvan will once again be shackled and subjugated. This obviously augments their fear of Tepes, their general mistrust of other species and the slow development of relations between the Johvan and the Federation.
Due to their love of light and color, the Johvan’s artistry is geared more towards visual arts rather than language arts. While they do have a unified language it is used to express concrete ideas. In fact when conducting a conversation with a Johvan it is easy to get the impression that they are a polite but emotionless people. This, however, has changed with the introduction of outside languages to the sphere. Abstract subjects such as emotions are generally expressed through the ever changing color of their eyes, or through painting or sculpting. Johvan artwork is exquisite. The few works of art that have found their way onto the open market have received enormously high bids. Despite this, artistry is not practiced as a profession. While works of art may be given as gifts, the Johvan do not buy or trade the artwork of others. Each Johvan studies art and color before they can even speak and is expected to create their own artwork to show their love and devotion to Saepio. When a Johvan dies his or her artworks are sealed with them in their burial tube before they are jettisoned to Saepio.
Since it is used to convey abstract ideas, their artwork is abstract as well. Due to the visual rather than literary or aural tradition of their artwork, the history of the Johvan is subject to interpretation as well. There are, of course, popularly held beliefs which have been documented in writing.
The Johvan are a small, frail appearing people. Few Johvan grow taller than 5’6” or weigh more than 160 pounds. Their pinkish complexion, sunken in facial features, and smooth skin only add to their innocent frailty. The Johvan do possess hair follicles on their scalp, face, and pubic region and usually grows in shades similar to that of Humans. There are rare cases of Johvan albinoism in which the hair is a shiny white color. The lifespan of these individuals seldom reaches adulthood. In all cases, the hair on their head never grows more than three centimeters, and is often subject to male pattern baldness. Many men elect to dye their hair rich, vibrant colors. Most Johvan women elect to shave their heads completely bald.
Despite their appearance the Johvan people are far from frail. Their small slender bodies hide a highly efficient muscular and skeletal system. The proportionally speaking, the average Johvan has nearly twice the strength of an average Human.
The appearance of the Johvan has changed throughout their history. Remains retrieved from mass graves sites dating back to early Age of Construction shows that the skeletal structure was similar to modern day Johvan. Their upright posture and bone structure were highly conducive to their efficient musculatory system. Within a matter of a few generations of being transplanted to the sphere, however, certain bones became delongated and their posture became hunched and low to the ground. The very short period of time in which this took place, and the asymmetricality of this change suggests that this was not a result of evolution, but a change specifically engineered by the Builders in order to specialize their anatomy to the task of building the sphere, while at the same time reducing their ability to fight. This theory is supported by the fact that within a few generations of the Builders leaving the sphere, the Johvan returned to their original anatomical structure. It was this sudden change that allowed them to overthrow the Kharians.
By far the most distinctive trait of the Johvan is their eyes. Their eyes change color with the particular emotion they are feeling. If they are feeling several emotions at once, their eyes flash between the corresponding colors. These colors coincide with the colors they use in their artwork to express the same emotions.
The following is a basic list of the interpretation of colors:
Red - danger, stop, negative, excitement, hot
Dark Blue - stable, calming, trustworthy, mature
Light Blue - youthful, masculine, cool
Green - growth, positive, organic, go, comforting
White - pure, clean, honest
Black - serious, heavy, death
Gray - integrity, neutral, cool, mature
Brown - wholesome, organic, unpretentious
Yellow - emotional, positive, caution
Gold - conservative, stable, elegant
Orange - emotional, positive, organic
Purple - youthful, contemporary, royal
Pink - youthful, feminine, warm, love
Metallic - elegant, lasting, wealthy
Since their feelings are broadcast through their eyes, the Johvan rarely lie. However there are a relatively high number of Johvan sociopaths who can control the colors their eyes emit much like a Human sociopath could fool 20th century polygraphs. It is a commonly believed by all those who have not made a serious study of the Johvan or even truly met a Johvan that they emit visible auras around their person which radiate colors which correspond to their emotional state. This is not true. It is believed that these assertions are the result of written correspondence from Johvani leaders. The correlation between the color spectrum and the Johvani emotional spectrum even permeates their language. Hence when they proclaim themselves as red, or green, they are not actually physically changing that color. They are merely describing their emotional state to those who lack the means to see their eyes.
The Johvani are perhaps the most technologically disadvantaged race ever to be offered membership in the United Federation of Planets. This is quite surprising considering the technological marvel of the Dyson sphere in which they live. Separatist tendencies combined with hundreds of millennia of peaceful habitation have resulted in little need for advanced propulsion and weapons systems. Their dependency on solar power has also slowed technological advance. It should be noted, however, that no other known race has made more advances in the use of solar power. They have even created a type of solar powered warp drive.
While the Johvan seem to have mastered space travel millennia ago, their dependence on solar power has, of course, limited their warp drive technology. Their warp capacity is comparable to the first human warp drive invented by Dr. Zefram Cochrane. Due to this restriction of speed and warp duration, their travel outside the sphere is limited. Johvan space vessels are used as transportation within the sphere as opposed to exploration beyond and never for offensive or defensive means.
Most of their spacecraft are no larger than the average Federation shuttle. The largest Johvani ship is a class of vessel called the Sae’Tral or “Saepio’s Touch.” It is primarily used as a freighter with no tactical systems to speak of including shield generators. Since first contact, however the Sae’Tral class has been modified for diplomatic purposes. Presently there is no Johvani class of ship which can survive the trip through the worm hole and there are no plans on developing such a ship.
Before the arrival of the Federation the Johvan had no knowledge of transporter technology. With the help of Federation engineers they have developed a solar based transporter beam. This has primarily been used as a form of public transportation but recently Sae’Tral class ships have been updated with transporter technology.
Weapons development is non-existent due to the lack of conflict since the uprising against the Kharians. The weapons they do possess are derived from tools dating back to the Age of Construction and are used solely for sport and ceremony. They are energy-based but produce only a fraction of the output of Federation grade phased energy sidearms.
At this time it is unknown the effect the night-day cycle will have on their solar power dependent technology. They have the capability to store collected solar power in highly efficient batteries and generators so if they do not presently have the ability to operate their instruments during the night hours they soon will. It is apparent that the development of a night-day cycle will hinder further advancement in solar based technology. Whether they will seek alternate sources of energy or whether their reverence for Saepio will forbid such a thing will undoubtedly have a huge impact on future Johvani technological advance.
Due to the terms of the Prime Directive, Federation weapons systems, matter-antimatter warp core technology as well as most other advanced Federation technologies have not been introduced to the Johvan until such a time as they become full-fledged members of the United Federation of Planets.
As stated previously, Johvani history is vague and vastly open to interpretation. All Johvani historians agree that their chronology can be defined by four periods:
The Pre-construction Era refers to the period of time prior to the arrival of the Johvani to the sphere. While little is truly known about this period evidence has been found to support many theories put forth by Johvani historians. Trace fragments of organic matter found both inside and outside the sphere support the belief that the sphere is not the original home of the Johvan and that their original home world was destroyed by the Builders for use as raw materials to build the Dyson sphere. In addition several Johvan possess highly prized pebbles and vials of soil they claim are from the Johvani home world and were passed down from their ancient ancestors. While many of these claims have been proven fraudulent, several have proven plausible (see Johvani Relic Examinations #771-779, 841, 856, and 870).
Virtually nothing is known of Johvani culture and society prior to their arrival in the sphere. It is assumed that Johvani heritage was intentionally stamped out by the Builders in order to enslave the Johvan. This took place during The Age of Construction. This refers to the Johvani historical period in which the Dyson sphere was being built. It is believed that the Johvan served as manual labor while the Kharians served as overseers of the construction and implementers of the Builder’s will. There are some, however, that believe the relationship between the Johvan and the Builders was one of cooperation and that the Kharians (Xeno#336765) spread the belief that the Builders were evil in order to subjugate the Johvani once the Builders left the sphere. This belief is considered heresy by the Johvani religious community.
It is agreed by all Johvani historians that the animosity between the Johvan and the Kharians originated during The Age of Construction and culminated in a revolt by the Johvani to overthrow the Kharian’s oppressive rule. What is not agreed is how this animosity began. Here are two separate accounts:
The origin of the hostilities between our two races are speculated to have been traced to the time of the Builders where the ancestors of the Kharians were used as overseers of the Builder’s work force and the Jovhans were considered by the Builder's as expendable workers. The Kharian overseers were cruel, brutal and vicious which made them very effective and this is said to have pleased the Builders. Sociologists speculate that the war like and aggressive nature of the Kharians may have developed because of their position during the Age of Construction. After the disappearance of the Builders, we Jovhan took arms and started a violent revolt. A couple of millions of death from both sides were inflicted before the Kharians were overthrown and we gained our independence. At this point, it was recorded that the Kharians left the Sphere in generation ships and eventually settled in an isolate space they now consider as their home world and grew to become a small empire known for their warriors and skill on the battlefield. (For further reading see Jovhan-Lit#755495)
Compare this to another account, also given by the Jovhan, but in a historical manuscript mainly dealing with semantics and the development of the Jovhan language:
According to the ancient Jovhan language, the word Kharian means, "Great Teacher." Legends of the ancient Kharian race also seem to point to them as Great Teachers. They are said to have traveled across much of the galaxy spreading the vast knowledge their race had acquired over many millennia. There is also much scientific evidence to support these legends, which seem to show the ancient Kharians as a Great Society of Thinkers and Teachers. However, something happened to change all that some thousand years ago. Exactly what happened is not known, and may never be known. The only thing that is known is that around that time the ancient Kharians turned from using their knowledge to help and teach, to destruction and war. This is known because it was this time, some thousand years ago, that the Great Kharian War began. This war, which involved the Kharians and another ancient people known only as The One, forever changed the far reaches of the galaxy. Many believe that the ancient Kharians had not only accumulated great knowledge and wealth, but also a great pride. It may have been this great pride that led to the war. Could the Kharians have seen the society known as The One becoming a threat to their dominance? No one knows much about Kharian Society after the time of the Great War. Since then all contact with them has led to only one thing … destruction. Because of this, according to the modern Jovhan language, the word Kharian now means, "Destroyer." (For further reading see Jovhan-Lit#777645)
Even though construction of the sphere was finished several thousand years before the Great Kharian War, The Age of Construction ends with Johvani winning their independence from the Kharians.
With the end of The Age of Construction comes The Age of Reconstruction. This period is named such because it begins the reconstruction of Johvani society and culture. Villages formed from the various work camps the Johvan were once forced to inhabit. Villages became cities and begat more cities and the Johvan people flourished with the building skills they adapted during their subjugation. It is this period in which the Johvan built the civilization that is known today. It is also the period of Johvani history where concrete historical data is available. Hence The Age of Reconstruction also differs from the previous periods because we know precisely when it began, 4998 years before the writing of this report (2405.01.07). The successes and failures of the Johvani people in rebuilding their cultural, political and geographical landscape are well documented in historical records and through the artwork of the period (for more information see Johvani Archives).
The fourth and (debatably) current stage of Johvani history is called The Age of Saepio. This age is characterized by peaceful existence and a flourishing society. Some Johvani scholars say that the development of the night-day cycle is the mark of the end of the Age of Saepio and the beginning of a new age called The Age of Darkness.
First Contact was established with the Johvan people in the year 2389 by the USS Andromeda. While they are not yet official members of the United Federation of Planets, they are recognized as the rightful occupants of Dyson Sphere Hope One. In exchange for allowing the establishment of a Federation outpost in the sphere, the Federation has assured the military protection of the Johvan. This military protection of the Johvani is currently the charge of Outpost Hope One, which consists of the Starfleet installation SENTINEL STATION the 21st Marine Expeditionary Unit and the 26th Marine Aerospace Forces.
The relationship between the United Federation of Planets and the Johvan Confederacy remains peaceful.
Current Situation Overview:
Though relations between the Johvan Confederacy and the Federation remain peaceful, the alliance between the two has recently become strained with the election of Prime Minister Tanden Sorr. Sorr has played on Johvani fears of tepes to vehemently reject the adaption of the Federation constitution and the consequent membership in the UFP. Sorr has gone one step further and is calling to have the Federation remove itself forever. Thus far his attempts to implement this agenda have failed, but he has succeeded in the Federation abandonment of Marine Base Camp Gor’Vosh.
The Johvani government is still allowing us to research the scientific and engineering aspects of the sphere, however, and this is currently the highest priority of Outpost Hope One.