An attractive in the main pale race with major hair colors white (most common) and dark brown or black in various tones (less common, known as Dark Jaharanians not as a disrespect however). Eye colors vary much like humans. They live in the Jaharan system outside of Federation Space and nearest Orion Space who for some odd reason have no modern history of going near it. The distance scans show twelve worlds but just one inhabitied a very large Class-M planet named Jahara V that is rich in natural life, has comparable oceans and apparently an artificially supported environment since stroms are clearly controlled to rain for necessary purposes. The oceans are temperate over a larger area with cold poles and again its assumed artificially maintained. The race has functional gills behind the ears and the neck but hidden fairly well when not in use. Lastly they are reportedly telepaths but its rumor. The fact is they are masters of humanoid body language and only low level telepaths, they can talk to living machine AI's like their ships or undersea vehicles. There life span is up to 400 years on the average due to the overall way they live and the technology.
Not much is known outside rumors since only recently has an emissary of a government gotten them to talk an unarmed Vulcan vessel doing scientific research was met by a massive organic warship and two days later a non-visual communicationwas held allowing for one ambassador to be sent to the nearest Starfleet Space Station. The technology seems unique an organic nanite based living material and very advanced, far over many species perhaps even the Borg.
The information they sent in a request shows the species has a Council of Nine elected by the citizens in nine huge provinces including ocean and undersea communities, and of course on the surface. The nearby moons have a few ,few, places to contain criminals. Also there is a Keeper an artifical AI that is part of the planet the information there is very sketchy save the being advises the natives, handles all the major construction and technological items. The population is low industrial nearly agrarian with citizens working around twenty hours a week, with whatever profession or trade they like. Part of the Oneness the ethic that all citizens should contribute to the community. Some may work more or less there is apparently a very small Unwork Movement that wants the Keeper to do everything so the people are free not to work. The most respected professions are the harder working Peace Makers that seem to be counselors, police officers, judges, mediators, negotiators and holistic healers often apprenticing for just basic rank in this taking a decade. Watcher or an AI android work as police and are rare, it seems the only major crime comes from those unstable who get imprisoned and conseled by older Peace Makers.
The religion is a simple based on Oneness with the Natural World and the Creative Force (a diety concept) with a very personal component but there are holy people - Ashti, who are highly regarded. Orgies are common once each month at various Holy Places of Communion adults only secured location suited for relaxed lovemaking and pleasure for an entire day and night. After two days of rest is common with light work done.
The clothing worn seems to be limited children have rather modest clothes shorts and a tunic are common but dresses for girls are popular. Adolesents where clothes akin to adults shorts and a tunic. Adults for women often wear a simple wrap robe (like a bath robe) and boyshort panties, men wear shorts. Footwear are comfortable slippers. But that is in mixed age areas many areas at night are open to just adults and clothing is usually not worn in fact nudity is common, in private homes with no children. Citizens living in or on the water wear swim suits or dresses suited for the environment (think like the people in the Waterworld movie), nudity is common when not around minors in those areas as well. Overall think simple and comfortable functional clothing over any other cosideration but colors and styles do very a bit.
Major planetary resources include rather high levels of latinum some small pools and springs bubble up the metal similar to hot springs and its actually considered healthy to soak and bath in the metal. But mining is forbidden by the Keeper and its so common its not thought of as being anything special. Food and other needs are well provided for and the population doesn't over produce but is large around one billion, land and sea populations together. Work is to provide for needs and wants to a lesser degree in fact giving to the community includes street performers, artists who often give away their work for the enjoyment of all and people who devote themselves to freethought (scholars). The people that produce food share it with the people who do other things and they in turn have the enjoyment of the non-producers. Greed is not really a culutral value but having a hobby say collecting something is fine. Most have many hobbies and interests however with athletics, creative expression, religion and the like all options. A peaceful race they do have some areas they excel in Kyitara their martial art form an elegant one using pressure points, sensing body language and sweeps & throws that may have two masters circling for hours until one shows their intent. They also have staff fighting part of that martial art and hunting with bows on land and in the sea a simple speargun like weapons. Meat is eaten in moderation however with various vegatables, roots, fruites and spices making fine vegetarian dishes.
Education is noted as being organized in three levels. Level I Elementary School roughly ages five to twelve where students get a general education, and included ample play and exploration of a childs interest but a standard level of core learning is expected. Level II ages 13-17 covers a period of self-schooling with teens learning from anyone who wishes to and its considered a societal good to do so. Most fall into a vocation near the end of this period. Level III covers adult education and includes a period of sexual education for one year under a mentor, and anywhere from one to ten years of apprenticeship dne at the same time. Some never settle though and form an eclectic group that tries almost everything. The profession of Peace Maker is the most demanding and has standard hours considered almost full-time by Human standards. Most of the leaders and Council of Nine come from gernerally four professions Peace Makers, Ashtis (religious teachers), Freethoughts (scholars) and Artists (both phsyical arts and the performances arts) but to even get on it one must be at least 150 years old. Terms are for nine years and one comes up for nomination per year in an expected cycle.
Common greetings are a warm hug, suited to the age, with adults often if among other adults can be very intimate. Peace Makers if a man or woman is being difficult for example prone to violence or there is a heated arguement will make themselves sexually available to get their "inner self" calm, if the party is at least seventeen. And making love is common most men and women have several close lovers they call "Companions" and genders are not a concern. But some have specific tastes being hetrosexual or homosexual, gender identity is regarded and sex change technology is very advanced. Children are concieved naturally, through artifical means (two women can have a child together, two men can do so through a surrgate) and lastly there is cloning but which is restricted so its not overdone. Birth control implants are used and linked telepathically to the person when the turn sixteen, they can choose to have a child or not whether a man or a woman. Both must agree though to have a child which is aided by the technology.
Of note the planetary system has massive defenses its suspected likely the Keeper AI is the reason. It (he?) commands all major advanced production and mining doing so on all the planets and the asteroids of the system. It can't be just to meet the needs of Jahara V's population and by all accounts the forces detected and its not easy with the shielding is impressive. The technology has seemed to evolve over the recorded history slowly so the Keeper seems to be able to grow and is not understood much by the native population much like the Minoans and their computer but in this case its very much an advisor to the Council of Nine.
The military capability is impressive both on the planet which sports ample defenses but the fleet is impressive incorporating two known classes of ship. The Transport in what amounts to a well armed escort but due to the technology is on par with a Species 8472 and can take a great deal of damage but not as well armed (which is still not saying much it just can with a group destroy planets, unlike their ship its an AI that doesn't need a pilot but can have a Companion or Companions. And a rarer ship the Warship and is huge and capable of devestating firepower, with the power of the Transports few want to test these monster ships. All seem to use a slipstream technology and can travel at warp speed as well, as well as a form of impulse drive for maneuvering.