Al-Tar is located within the borders of Federation-space, but is entirely self-governed, allowing only the bare-minimum of legislation and control from it's larger neighbour.

Whilst the continent-spanning metropolis gives a strong indication of Al-Tar's advanced state, early progress did not come without a price, leaving the ground level on Al-Tar almost entirely toxic and lethal to most carbon-based lifeforms. As with much of her landscape, the capital city is comprised of a complex web of interlinked towers, reaching high up into the lower atmosphere. Central among these towers are the headquarters of The Orthanc Complex, a vast multi-system company with a speciality in technological and scientific developments.

However, the term 'headquarters' is quite misleading as the entire planet is actually owned by The Orthanc Complex, which is also responsible for building most of her infrastructure from the ground up.