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A member race of the League of Non-Aligned Worlds, the Markab were one of the oldest spacefaring civilizations. Although their technology was not as advanced, they attained star travel at roughly the same time as the Minbari and there are some indications that they may have participated in the last Shadow War. Whether they did or were just observers is immaterial: The race was wiped out by the Drafa plague in 2259. The disease first appeared centuries ago on an island noted for certain excesses. The Markabs believed it was a punishment from the gods for their lack of morality. Over time, it became a legend that only the immoral would be touched by it. The first new case was detected in 2258, but Markab leaders kept silent, fearing they'd be voted out of office. As the infection spread, Markab refugees spread the plague to colony worlds.