|Out of universe information|
The Satedans are a race of humans native to the planet Sateda in the Pegasus Galaxy. Their civilization had advanced to a technological level comparable to Earth's 1940s. This made them a target for the Wraith, who wiped out the capital city. However, about 300 people managed to make it to the shelters west of the capital and later moved to other planets such as Belkan and Manaria. The planet Sateda has since been abandoned.
Specialist Ronon Dex is from Sateda and joined the Atlantis expedition. (ATL: "Runner", "Trinity") A number of Satedans were captured by the Wraith and were offered eternal life in exchange for their services. Ronon killed most of that team.(ATL: "Reunion")
- Main article: Satedan Planetary Forces
The Satedans appear to be descended from a tribal culture. Their figurehead, who spoke via radio broadcast, was known as a 'Chieftan'. (ATL: "Sateda") Along with this, melee weapons, such as swords, were retained for use by the Satedan Planetary Forces. Many Satedans, including Ronon Dex, have a distinctive tattoo on the left side of their neck. They also follow a strict code of honor, as under certain circumstances, Satedans will engage in hand to hand combat to resolve a conflict, during which it is dishonorable to use weapons. (ATL: "Reunion")
- "We shot down two ships that came through the 'gate. Two…small ships."
- —Ronon Dex
The Satedans, at the time of their annihilation, were at about the same level of development as the Genii, comparable to the WW2 era. They had not developed nuclear weapons, though the Genii did not either until after being driven underground. Their projectile weaponry was designed to inflict maximum damage; notably, a Satedan Rifle is able to take down a Wraith with greater ease than even a FN P90 Personal Defense Weapon. Along with this, Satedan soldiers were equipped with special armor, designed to dissipate energy blasts (a countermeasure against Wraith stunners). They could even shoot down Wraith Darts. Lacking interstellar spacecraft however, they were ultimately no match for the hive ships, which bombarded the planet from orbit.