The planet the equator of the planet is the only area habitable and is covered by an even mixture of dense forests and expansive grasslands. Malta Majoris plants actually extert intense heat to survive the frigid climate, making them naturally resistance to fires and extreme cold.
The planet formerly was an Earth Federation colony that broke away during the Sol Gamma Wave in 2601. It later was conquered by the Republic during the Annexation of the Western Territories in 2743, the Republic's annexation of the 27 independent colony worlds that dominated the space to its galactic west.
The planet rebelled during the Lovejoy Revolution and broke away in May 3073 during the Cessation of the Western Territories. It allied with the other rebelling worlds, forming the Western Confederation of Independent Worlds.