PROTECTED PLANETS TREATY
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In the science fiction television series Stargate SG-1, the Protected
Planets Treaty is an armistice between the Goa'uld
and the Asgard in the
Stargate universe. The treaty ensures these planets remain free from Goa'uld
oppression. With the defeat of the System Lords, the Treaty is no longer in
|Protected Planets Treaty
|Opened for signature
||Unknown; Most recent amendment in 1999 in Stargate
Command, Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States, Earth
|Entered into force
||At least 1 AD; Most recent amendment in 1999
|Conditions for entry into force
||Armistice between parties; no intervention beyond the protection of the
subject planets by either party
||Goa'uld System Lords
and Asgard High
A majority of the information that has been given about the Protected Planets
Treaty was given in the third-season episode Fair Game, the same episode in
which Earth became protected under the treaty. Planets listed under the treaty
can not be attacked by the Goa’uld. The System Lords themselves are held
responsible for enforcing the treaty among the Goa'uld, required to insure
compliance from lower-ranking Goa'ulds under the threat of punitive action on
the part of the Asgard if they do not. However, it seems that this protection
from the Goa'uld is the only thing that works in favor of those who are part of
it, as the Goa'uld are ensured that no species that is protected by the Asgard
is allowed to advance to the point where
Asgard is allowed to advance to the point where they would be a threat to the
Goa'uld (as determined by the System Lords, of course), and that no world may
be protected from natural disasters through the use of Asgard technology. Also,
if any of the terms are violated on any planet, the treaty as a whole becomes
void. The main reason that the Asgard are willing to follow these terms is
that, although the Goa'uld fear the Asgard, the Asgard are actually bluffing.
Despite their shockingly large technological advantage over the Goa'uld, with
one Asgard ship capable of single-handedly destroying entire fleets of Ha'tak
vessels without sustaining any damage itself, the entirety of their military
forces are engaged in a brutal and depressing war with the Replicators
and would be unable to protect most of the member planets if the System Lords
decided to ignore it. If a single Goa'uld were to rise to power (Like Apophis,
Sokar, Anubis or Ba'al), no one can have the power to prevent attacks.
On more than one occasion, the terms of the treaty have, in fact, been bent,
broken or ignored.
- When Earth was originally considered for membership, the System Lords were
insistent that they relinquish their Stargate to the Goa'uld, because they
already considered them to be a threat. However, members of the SGC
were able to discover that Nirrti, one of the three representatives, had
developed cloaking technology behind the backs of the other System Lords.
This discovery was rewarded by Earth being allowed continued use of its
Stargate. Cronus noted that the treaty offers no protection to those who
travel off-world, and he states that any SGC personnel captured while
exploring will be shown no mercy.
- In Red Sky, the Asgard informed SG-1 that subsection 424 of the treaty
proscribed the accelerated advance of any treaty subject worlds by the
Asgard, technologically or culturally - for example intervening in
preventing the destruction of the world called K'Tau from a natural
disaster. However, they may have intervened to prevent the destruction of
K'Tau after SG-1 made an attempt to stabilize the planet's sun. SG-1's plan
had a possibility of working, thus allowing the Asgard to give the SGC the
credit (and avoiding Goa'uld claims of treaty violation).
- In one attempt to destroy earth, during 'Fail Safe', the Goa'uld appear to
have used a mothership to transport an asteroid into a collision course with
the Earth. It appeared to be a natural event, and was never definitively
proved to be a hostile attack, and was thus not able to be dealt with by the
- Acknowledging that both the Asgard and Goa'uld circumvent the treaty
whenever possible, the treaty provides for the commission of an
investigation into the claims of treaty violation. One such investigation
was almost commenced when Tanith, acting under the orders of Anubis, coerced
the Tollan into
launching an attack on the Earth using their unique phase-shifting
technology. Unfortunately, without Tollan testimony (Who had been conquered
by and possibly exterminated by the Goa'uld) no action could be taken.
- At a later point, Anubis attacked a planet that was under the treaty and
used as an Asgard research station. However, because the treaty was more or
less enforced, both the System Lords and the Asgard ignored this infraction.
There are 27 planets that are known to be members, including Earth. However,
only five have actually been specifically mentioned.
- Adara ("Revelations") - An Asgard research station. At one
point, the Asgard scientist Heimdall was stationed there in an attempt to
solve of problem of the degrading Asgard genome.
- K'Tau ("Red Sky")
- PX3-595 ("Shades of Grey")
- Galara ("Collateral Damage") - This is the first technologically
advanced Protected Planet yet seen, other than Earth.