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Sol System
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Hey, so, does "maru" get appended to spaceship names in Japan?
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Well, we've only had two examples to go by (Kobayashi Maru and Shika Maru) so its hard to say.

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In the real world it's a Japanese naming convention, mostly for no-military ships (especially fishing boats) although that wasn't always the case. In literal terms it means "circle" and there are a few theories as to it's significance, but mostly it seams to be a good luck superstition that's become a tradition.

As far as Star Trek is concerned, I take it that the two ships mentioned (one of which I consider fictional anyway) I tend to assume they're from ports and colonies with a strong Japanese cultural heritage. Since the early colonist would have lifted off from Earth's surface (rather than embarking in orbit) it stands to reason that the large groups of settlers were mostly from the same region, so it stands to reason you'd get Earth colonies with strong cultural ties to one Earth culture in particular. So by that logic Tau Ceti IV was initially settled by Japanese.

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Daniel Butler
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For example, that Scottish colony Crusher's grandmother died at...I forget it's name. You know. Ana-whatsit lifeform, lived in a candle.
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And that Native American Colony in the DMZ and the ship full of Irish Pub/tourist trap performers...

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Daniel Butler
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Didn't they call those people Oirish? In the Encyclopedia or somewhere?
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I was asking about actual Japanese spaceships, or, at least, actual fictional Japanese spaceships, of which my knowledge is limited to the Bebop.
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My knowledge of fictional Japanese spaceships is limited to CE-era Gundam, so that's not very indicative either...

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