The Volians were the agrarian people on P3A-194 and members of the Aschen Confederation.
Very little is known about early history on the planet, but as of 200 years ago, the Volians were a thriving civilization of millions, about a century ahead of Earth in technology. Their language was similar to Ancient Celtic writings. Remains of a city were found by Daniel Jackson and Teal'c under one of the fields. Dr. Jackson equated its infrastructure to early 20th century North America.
The people on the planet suffered through a pandemic, similar to the 1918 flu pandemic on Earth. At this time, the Aschen, who the Volians called the "newcomers" arrived on the planet and offered people a vaccine against the illness. The Volians were extremely grateful to the Aschen for the cure and they became allies. It was only much later that they realized the Aschen's insidious plot. The vaccine caused sterility in the Volian population. The very last newspaper issue had that as their headline and showed a picture of riots. No later issues were discovered, and Dr. Jackson conjectured the newspaper was shut down the very next day.
In the following two hundred years, the industrialized Volian population of millions had been transformed to a simple agrarian culture of thousands. SG-1 had never heard any mention of the Volian past in their first visit to the planet, and when they spoke to Keel later, he was oblivious to this history. As far as SG-1 knew, the Volians had always been a simple agrarian society. Keel never knew any ulterior motives from the Aschen. They mostly left the Volians alone and floated around in their harvesters. An Aschen family raised Keel as an orphan child. The remnants of a former Volian structure protruding from the ground was a foreign "iron root" on his farmland.
SG-1 traveled to the Volian world with Ambassador Joe Faxon to negotiate with the Aschen Under Hammond's orders Daniel Jackson and Teal'c explored the area to determine if the Aschen were trustworthy. It was then they discovered the "iron root" and remnants of the former Volian culture, including the last issue of the newspaper. Daniel was unable to translate what the last word of the headline meant, but understood enough to cause concern.
Although the history of the Aschen's history with the Volians was enough to warn Earth of their treacherous nature, it is unlikely the living Volians are aware of how the Aschen destroyed their civilization.
- Keel— Keel was a farmer who befriended SG-1. Orphaned and raised by an Aschen family, he was unaware of the danger posed by the Aschen.
- Earth— the Volians were pleasant to SG-1 and Earth. No formal alliance was made, first because there was little of trade value, second because of the Aschen's attack on Earth.
- Aschen— although ostensibly part of the Aschen Confederation and "allies", the Volian history proves that the Aschen were conquerors, sterilizing the population to near extinction and pillaging the harvests of their land.
--Aurora 11:00, 29 June 2006 (PDT)