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Player Race: No
Relation to UFP:

- Sorry...  These guys can't be a player race.

Civilization known for its punctuality and highly territorial nature.  The Tholians accused the Starship Enterprise of violating a territorial annex of the Tholian Assembly while on a rescue mission, when the U.S.S. Defiant was trapped in interspace in 2268 (The Tholian Web -TOS).  The ongoing conflict with the Tholians flared up again in 2353 when the Tholians attacked and nearly destroyed a Federation starbase, with the loss of nearly all personnel.  Civilian advisor Kyle Riker was the only survivor in the incident (The Icarus Factor -TNG).  Conflict witht he Tholians continued well into the 24th century, and simulated Tholian battles were part of the Starfleet Academy curriculum as recently as 2355, when William Riker was able to calculate a sensory blind spot in a simulated Tholian vessel, and use that to his advantage (Peak Performance -TNG).  Tensions with the Tholians remained sufficiently high that Ambassador K'Ehleyr, in 2367, feared a Klingon civil war would eventually involve the Tholians (Reunion -TNG), although diplomatic relations between the Tholians and the Federation were established.  In 2371, a Tholian ambassador visited Deep Space 9 (Life Support -DS9).  Tazka Karn, a petty criminal, had been in trouble with the Tholians.  Because of this, he often sought refuge in the Badlands (Indiscretion -Ds9).  A Tholian observer was present at the ill-fated Antwerp Conference on Earth on stardate 49170.65 (Homefront -DS9).
Star Trek: The Encyclopedia (1999 edition).

Tholian Assembly.  Civilization in the Alpha Quadrant.  In 2373 the Tholian Assembly signed a nonaggression pact with the Dominion, affecting the balance of power in the quadrant, a prelude to the devastating Dominion war (Call to Arms -DS9).
Star Trek: The Encyclopedia (1999 edition) -Supplemental