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Organian council of Elders
The Organians are fictional beings in the universe of Star Trek, appearing in the episode "Errand of Mercy." They are one of the most evolved, advanced alien races ever encountered by the crew of the original Enterprise. They are shown to be highly opposed to any variety of violence; otherwise they hold an almost gleeful indifference to their circumstances. They use powerful capabilities at the end of the episode to force an immediate bloodless end to a war between the Klingon and the United Federation of Planets, which they do with a certain degree of disdain.
The Klingons and the Federation were in dispute over the Klingon Empire expanding into spaces claimed by the Federation. With war breaking out, the Enterprise under James T. Kirk was sent to Organia to persuade its inhabitants to ally with the Federation and allow defenses. Before Kirk could persuade them, the Klingons occupied the planet. The Organians portrayed themselves as being a race barely into the Industrialized Age. Even Spock remarked to Kirk that they represented a classic example of a race experiencing no significant evolution, as their technology had shown no measurable advance in thousands of years.
The Klingons and Enterprise started to attack each other while in orbit, yet both sides were stopped by the Organians through their immense powers.
The Organians are not humanoids. They are incorporeal energy creatures ("pure energy, pure thought") with no precise physical location in the universe. After the climax of the episode, Spock comments that they are "as far above us on the evolutionary scale as we are above the amoeba." They assumed humanoid form to "interact" with the Federation representatives and the Klingons. They render all weapons belonging to the hostile parties inoperable through extreme heat, and then vanish.
As a direct result of their intervention between the Klingon Empire and the Federation, both sides were forced to agree to a truce where in order for either side to gain another planet for their respective sides, they must prove to be more worthy by their ability to efficiently develop that planet.
It is not known when or if the Organian Peace Treaty was superseded in the subsequent episodes of the Star Trek saga, and the current status of the Organians is unclear in the present Star Trek Mythos.
The Organians were a race of beings who had evolved to a point of being pure conceptual beings, essence of thought with no corporeal bodies. In some ways they were similar to Q for power levels and abilities, but it is unknown if these two races ever encountered each other according to the television series. In the novel Q Strike, however, the Organians appear to observe a battle between members of the Q Continuum and other seemingly omnipotent beings from the Star Trek universe. The original Q identifies them after being asked by Captain Jean-Luc Picard who they are, and is rather dismissive, remarking that "compared to their code of noninvolvement, your Prime Directive is practically an incitement to riot."
The Organians also appeared on Star Trek: Enterprise in the episode "Observer Effect," where they observed members of the crew infected with a silicon-based virus to decide whether or not they should make first contact with humans. They did not technically appear onscreen; they only manifested themselves by possessing the bodies of several members of the Enterprise crew.