Beta III

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Myriad Universes: Beta III
Beta III
Beta III (TOS22)

Beta III (TOS22)
Astrometrics System C111
First Appearance TOS22 (9 Feb 1967)
Prime Timeline
(The root of all realities)

Beta III was located in System C111. The planet was first visited by the U.S.S. Archon NCC-189 in 2167, but the ship was never heard from again. A century later, on Stardate 3156.2, the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 visited Beta III to investigate the Archon's disappearance. The Enterprise crew discovered that the planet's population was controlled by Landru, a computer intelligence, and it forced the Archon from orbit a century earlier, "absorbing" the survivors into "The Body." Captain Kirk persuaded Landru that it was harming the people that it was built to protect, and it short-circuited and shut down, leaving the Betans without the computer's guidance for the first time in six millennia. The Enterprise left a team of sociologists to help the population recover.[1] In 2380, the U.S.S. Cerritos NCC-75567 was dispatched to Beta III on a second contact mission, and discovered that, in the intervening century, the Betans had returned to Landru once again. The repaired computer was deposed, and the Betans were once again released from its control.[2]

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