Lieutenant Junior Grade Kanz
R'Agin exhudes an aura of seriousness most of the time. This is carried to others by his riviting eyes that some think look into their soul. He is of average height and slim, yet well-toned and defined. He keeps fit by a daily routine of calisthenics and the practice of Tan-Kei; a hand to hand fighting style from his home world of Tandar Prime. Tandarans are very similar to humans with a few differences. The most noticable is the inverted V shape wrinkle or ridge between the eyebrows. He bears a tattoo on the underside of his left forearm. It looks like a capital R on it’s side with three wavy lines underneath. This is called a Basque and is a symbol of family pride. R’Agin Kanz is a very devoted son and dedicated to being a good example for others of his race to follow.
Born on Tandar Prime to Blek Kanz, father, and R’Keth Kanz, mother. R’Agin has a sister, R’Seklet, 4 cycles his younger.
His father, Blek, had been an administrator to the Central Command for the Tandar Sector. Blek Kanz was part of the envoy meeting with the United Federation of Planets Ambassador. A faction that did not want Tandaran membership into the Federation caused an accident, killing hundreds and set back the negotiations for 2 cycles. Blek Kanz died in the incident when R’Agin was 7 years old.
Tandarans have come a long way in the last several hundred years, but Equal Rights for women did not totally exist in this patriarchal society. There was no pension or welfare for a Widow. When Blek Kanz died, R’Keth had to find work. With the help of friends on the Counsel she was provided an office worker position for the UFP Embassy. Here is where she met Heinz Schwartz, an assistant to the Ambassador. Heinz is a human originally from Earth. After a cycle of getting to know each other they fell in love and wanted to marry. But if they married, then R’Keth, R’Agin, and R’Seklet would loose their Citizenship. Citizenship is a major factor of life in the Tandaran Society, especially their Basque. Their concern was for young R’Agin and sister, R’Seklet. So, they acquired an adjoining apartments. Heinz spent most of the time with his new family; R’Keth, R’Agin and R’Seklet, but went to his own apartment to sleep. Yes, there was sexual relations, but an affair was more acceptable to the Tandaran society than marrying outside their race.
R’Agin was raised in a family just a little different than most Tandaran children. The natural Tandaran suspiciousness was molded into curiosity. Strict conservatism was guided into self-assurance. As a boy he loved to play “Suspicion” with his friends. It was a game of clues and mystery to discover ‘who did it’. ((( a cross between basketball and CLUE boardgame. ))) He truly loved his new friend Heinz that lived next door. Heinz would spend most evenings with him and his family. Heinz was always so positive and encouraging.
As a Teen he played several team sports, but also learned several techniques of fighting. He preferred Tan-Kei. Its intent is more defensive than offensive. He also excelled at ‘Deliberate’, a competition for up and coming young men. It is a Tandaran way of verbal persuasion and influence, to improve and be judged on their legal and communications skills. In this his tactics were quite different than most. This is mostly due to the positive influence and support from his best friend and mentor, Heinz. He learned that his mother and Heinz were in love and had not married because of him and his sister. During breaks from school he would work as a Paige to an ambassadorial assistant, working in the UFP Embassy on Tandaran Prime.
Following Primary education, R’Agin went on to attend the University of Capital City on Tandar Prime. After completing two years, R’Agin realized that his view on the world was different than most Tandarans. He saw the good and potential in people. He knew he could do better than just be a drone educated politician. He had been encouraged to strive for all his desires would lead him. His family friend, mentor, and now Ambassador for the Federation encouraged him to apply to Starfleet Academy.
He was the first Tandaran to apply to Star Fleet Academy. The Tandaran authorities almost objected and considered relinquishing his citizenship, but political powers bent the will of the Counsel Leaders and made them see that this could be seen as a great accomplishment the Tandaran people could be proud of.
R’Agin Kanz did very well at Starfleet Academy and was in the top 15% of his class. The natural Tandaran tendencies in him led him to excel in investigative procedures. His caution and skepticism of someone’s opinion led him to learn the psychology of interrogation. So, his major study at the Academy was Security. Since he was somewhat skilled in the art of self defense, the techniques of battle and war tactics came very easy to him.
Tandar Prime – Tandaran Society
Tandar Prime is the home planet for the Tandaran race and is located at the center of the Tandar Sector. There are 14 star systems in the Tandar Sector. Of the multitude of planets and moons, only 7 planets and 2 moons are habitable. Of course there are many outpost and artificial habitats across the sector for research, commerce, and security.
The Tandarans are a warp capable society. They trade regularly with other races. However, the Tandarans are naturally suspicious of others and their intentions. They are very conservative and restrictive. Other races and species are allowed to visit them, but under a controlled basis.
Traditionally, Tandaran women are expected to stay at home, be good homemakers, and care for the children. Yet, there have been some progressive societal changes over the cycles and some women are now allowed to become professionals in business and industry.
The Tandarans do not say that their race is superior to other races, but they do not want their society to be corrupted.
CITIZENSHIP is key in the Tandaran society. There are different rights for Citizens and Non-Citizens. Only Citizens are allowed to hold government positions, this includes any elected or appointed positions. Only Citizens are allowed to vote. Only Citizens are allowed to be in the military and non-military security forces. Only Citizens are provided free health care. Non-Citizens must go to a street clinic or a clinic provided by an embassy.
Inter-racial and inter-species marriage is not forbidden, however much discouraged. If a Tandaran marries one from an outside race, they relinquish their citizenship and become a non-citizen. If there is a Tandaran underage child, they also loose their citizenship. If the other race spouse leaves the sector, the former Tandaran must go with them. If the other race spouse dies, the former Tandaran must leave the sector or may face being placed in a relocation facility. Even a non-Tandaran has more privileges than a non-citizen.
If any Non-Citizen can not abide by the law, then Tandaran Services takes care of them by transporting them to a more secure place were their needs can be met. This is typically on an unwanted sector of a moon, away from their society.
Tandarans like people from other planets and races to come to their worlds to visit, but not stay. They want them to come, have commerce, and enjoy spending their currency, then leave, and not try to influence their society.
The Basque is an honorarium given to an individual and subsequently to their ancestors for doing something to help all of Tandarans. It also refers to a mark, small logo, or sometimes simply a letter that is sometimes tattooed on their skin. It literally means, ‘look upon his glory’. The type of mark could relate to the achievement or represent the first letter from their last name.
In ancient times the Basque was a symbol used to recognize a family’s position of prestige or hierarchical class. It soon became misused by society.
Prior to the Restructuring, a Basque was presented to someone when they achieved a pentacle or great accomplishment. This could be a champion of sorts or high level government official. It could be for inventing something that benefits society or prevents a worldwide crisis.
The Basque could be passed down to their ancestors. This would always allow the descendant an amount of respect or status. It became very prestigious to have multiple Basque in their linage. If a descendant had more then one ancestor with a Basque, then they could just choose one or the other, or in most cases they would combine or fuse the marks together.
When a descendent had 4 Basque from their ancestors, they were allowed to create a Baqura or family crest for them and their descendants. This was a very high honor indeed. Possession of a Baqura meant that they were more likely to be a leader, posses courageous, and expected to do great things in their lifetime. Just the possessing of this prestige would allow advantages than others could never hope to attain. However, this was not always the results.
It soon became common place for parents to arrange marriages for their adolescent children to manipulate the system, so as to create this prestigious occurrence. The Baqura was for their children, but the parents would use it for their own use until the children became of age.
Over the centuries it became greatly desired to have a Basque. Even more honored and prestigious to have a Baqura. Having these symbols meant that their linage can achieve, giving them sometimes the right to boast or believe they are better than the rest, deserving of privilege. In the beginning this concept was accepted as legitimate. Yet it began to became manipulated by those in power to control power. This also created class division and prejudice. In a way it created an aristocracy across the entire Tandaran Sector.
This misuse was a major influence, along with many other aspects, lead to the fall and breakdown of society that drove the Tandaran Sector into Civil War. This Civil War, 350 cycles ago, came to be known as ‘The Restructuring’.
The word ‘Restructuring‘ applies to the reorganization of the Tandaran society. After the Restructuring, Tandaran society became closed to outside influence. They became more seclusionist and suspicious of others. They also became more patriarchal with a major emphasis on citizenship, only carried by the man and only shared with women upon marriage.
Following ‘The Resturcturing’ the Basque and Barqura were looked down upon by most for a very long time. However, after a century of peace, historians and those of ‘society’ submitted a request to the Central Command for re-implementation of the Basque at a more controlled level. After an extended number of years in committee and countless revisions the honorary title was allowed to be presented again.
The Basque system was reinitiated by non-political organizations for the betterment of society, seeking out those individuals who achieve greatness and provide an encouragement to society. Limits and guidelines were made open for public scrutiny.
Under the Restructuring, there are only 5 Basque give each year. The Tandar Sector encompasses 14 solar systems. There are many lunar and satellite settlements, but only 7 habitable planets and 2 habitable moons. Only these planetary governing councils are allowed to present the recognition.
The Basque would now only be past down to family members for the next 3 generations to their great grand children, but no farther. This very much limited the possibility of a Baqura from occurring and it became extremely rare.
Symbols since the Restructuring have mostly been capital letters, typically the first letter of the last name. After a time, recipients would spell their children’s name with an additional capital letter and hyphen to the front of a typical given name to signify the Basque. Unfortunately, it was a way for society to recognize and impress others as to their status. Many believe the circle of aristocracy is beginning again.
2377-2378: Starfleet Academy – Year I, General Studies
2378-2379: Starfleet Academy – Year II, Science
.—— 2379: USS Marshall – Junior Cadet Cruise
2379-2380: Starfleet Academy – Year III, Security & Tactics
.—– 2380: USS Einstein – Senior Cadet Cruise,
. . . . . . . . . . Personal Asst to Chief of Security Officer
2380-2381: Starfleet Academy – Year IV, Security & Investigative Studies
2381-2381: Deep Space Five – Security Officer
2381-2382: USS Carson – Security/Tactical Officer
2382-2382: USS Falcon – Asst. Chief of Security
2382- . . . . : Deep Space K-17 – Chief of Security