Shata were a spacefaring civilization who possessed the knowledge of the jump points centuries before the 27th century. They did not possess however defensive force.
When they set foot on Kilrah, they made pleas of peace to the Kilrathi and offered the secret of interstellar travel as a sign of good will. The Kilrathi however slaughtered the Shata like helpless rugalga animals, establishing the foundations for the space-expanding Kilrathi Empire.
Even centuries later, the inexplicable stupidity of the Shata was a source of wonderment and amusement for the Kilrathi.
- William R. Forstchen, Action Stations, ch. 1