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The '''Dominion War''' was a two-year (late [[2373]]-late [[2375]]) conflict between the [[Dominion]] and an alliance of the [[United Federation of Planets]], the [[Klingon Empire]] and the [[Romulan Star Empire]] that consumed the entire [[Alpha Quadrant]] in one of the most destructive wars in galactic history.
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| imagecap = {{USS|Sitak}} (bottom left) is destroyed and {{USS|Majestic}} (center) is badly damaged during "[[Operation Return]]", one of the hard-won victories by the Federation Alliance
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| date = [[2373]]–[[2375]]
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| location = [[Alpha Quadrant]]
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| result = [[Federation Alliance]] victory;<br />Federation Alliance occupation of [[Cardassia]];<br />Withdrawal of [[Dominion]] forces to the [[Gamma Quadrant]]
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| commander1 = <sub>[[Federation]]:</sub><br />[[Captain]] [[Benjamin Sisko]]<br />[[Admiral]] [[William Ross]]<br /><sub><br />[[Klingon Empire|Klingon&nbsp;Empire]]:</sub><br />[[General]]/[[Chancellor of the Klingon High Council|Chancellor]] [[Martok]]<br />[[Chancellor of the Klingon High Council|Chancellor]] [[Gowron]]&dagger;<br /><sub><br />[[Romulan Empire|Romulan&nbsp;Empire]]:</sub><br />[[Senator]] [[Kimara Cretak]]<br />[[General]] [[Velal]]<br /><sub><br />[[Cardassian Liberation Front]]:</sub><br />[[Legate]] [[Damar]]&dagger;
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| combatant2 = '''[[Dominion-Breen Alliance]]'''
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:[[Dominion]]<br />[[Cardassian Union|Cardassian&nbsp;Union]]<br />[[Breen Confederacy|Breen&nbsp;Confederacy]]<br />[[Son'a]]
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| commander2 = <sub>[[Dominion]]:</sub><br />[[Female Changeling]]<br />[[Weyoun]]&dagger;<br /><sub><br />[[Cardassian Union|Cardassian&nbsp;Union]]:</sub><br />[[Gul]] [[Dukat]]<br />[[Legate]] [[Damar]]&dagger; ([[Cardassian Liberation Front|later rebelled]])<br />[[Legate]] [[Broca]]&dagger;<br /><sub><br />[[Breen Confederacy|Breen&nbsp;Confederacy]]:</sub><br />[[Thot]] [[Gor]]<br />[[Thot]] [[Pran]]
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| strength2 = At height: 30,000 starships
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| losses2 = Over 807 million [[Cardassian]]s, near complete destruction of [[Jem'Hadar]] forces in the Alpha Quadrant, unknown number of [[Breen]] losses
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==Cold War==
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{{aquote|The Alpha Quadrant seems wracked with chaos &ndash; it could use some order....''"<br />"''Imposing your type of 'order' on the Alpha Quadrant...may prove more difficult than you imagine.|The Female Changeling''' and '''Odo|2371|The Search, Part II}}
The seeds of war were sown as far back as [[2370]], when the Federation made first contact with the Dominion in the [[Gamma Quadrant]]. After the [[Bajoran]] [[colony]] on [[New Bajor]] was annihilated, the [[USS Odyssey|USS ''Odyssey'']] was destroyed in Starfleet's first encounter with the [[Jem'Hadar]]. Three other [[Federation]] vessels currently operating in the [[Gamma Quadrant]] were also lost, the [[USS Maryland|USS ''Maryland'']], [[USS Proxima|USS ''Proxima'']], and [[USS Sarajevo|USS ''Sarajevo'']], likely destroyed by the Jem'Hadar. When a mission to speak with the [[Founders]] was undertaken, they proved to be a [[xenophobia|xenophobic]] and ambitious people. Their desire to control the newly-found [[solids]] of the Alpha Quadrant was obvious, but a temporary peace was brokered. The two sides entered a sort of cold war, with both participating in buildup but no aggressive actions taken.
 
   
The Dominion chose instead its tactics of subterfuge, managing to infiltrate every major Alpha Quadrant power with Founders by [[2372]]. In [[2371]], the Cardassian [[Obsidian Order]] and Romulan [[Tal Shiar]] were infiltrated and encouraged to form a joint assault fleet to eliminate the [[Founder's homeworld]] in the [[Omarion Nebula]]; this proved to be a trap, and both organizations were crippled during the [[Battle of the Omarion Nebula]], with the Obsidian Order ceasing to exist entirely. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Die Is Cast]]")
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The '''Dominion War''' was a two-year interstellar conflict fought between the [[Federation Alliance]] and the [[Dominion]] from [[2373]] to [[2375]]. It was one of the most destructive and bloody wars in galactic history. By the time the conflict ended, the [[Alpha Quadrant]] had lost a notable power (the [[Cardassian Union]]), the [[Klingon Defense Force]] was set back for decades, and there remained a catastrophic death toll for all powers involved.
   
Partly as a result of this event, the civilian [[Detapa Council]] overthrew the [[Central Command]] as the governmental force on [[Cardassia Prime]], and Klingon concern over the possibility of Changeling involvement in the coup led them to declare war on the [[Cardassian Union]]. The Federation Council condemned this act, and in response the Klingon Empire withdrew from the [[Khitomer Accords]], temporarily ending the alliance and peace between the two. They attacked [[Deep Space Nine]] and pushed deep into Cardassian territory, fortifying their positions. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Way of the Warrior]]")
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== Prelude ==
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"''<nowiki>You have no idea what's begun here.'</nowiki>''<br />
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:- '''Eris''', [[The Jem'Hadar (episode)|2370]]
   
The Federation, meanwhile, was also in a state of high suspicion and paranoia. Founders had infiltrated [[Earth]], and certain [[Starfleet]] elements within Federation government attempted a military coup d'etat in mid-[[2372]]. The effort was repulsed, but tensions remained high. ([[DS9]]: "[[Paradise Lost]]")
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Following the [[Federation]]'s first official contact with the Dominion in [[2370]], a [[Dominion cold war|cold war]] developed between several of the Alpha Quadrant's major powers and the Dominion that lasted for three years. By placing [[Changeling]] infiltrators in important positions within the governments of the Alpha and [[Beta Quadrant]]'s major powers, the Dominion was able to [[Battle of the Omarion Nebula|wipe out]] the [[Obsidian Order]], drastically reduce the capabilities of the [[Tal Shiar]], nearly cause a war between the Federation and the [[Tzenkethi]], and start a [[Klingon-Cardassian War|war]] between the [[Klingon Empire]] and the Cardassian Union, an act which concurrently caused a [[Federation-Klingon War (2372-73)|conflict]] between the Federation and Klingons. ({{DS9|The Die is Cast|The Adversary|The Way of the Warrior}})
   
In early [[2373]], it was discovered that a changeling had taken the place of General [[Martok]], and influenced the decision to invade Cardassia and withdraw from the Accords. After being unmasked by [[Benjamin Sisko]] and several other Starfleet officers on an undercover mission, the changeling was killed by members of the [[Order of the Bat'leth|Order of the ''Bat'leth'']]. ([[DS9]]: "[[Apocalypse Rising]]")
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[[File:Dominion invasion.jpg|thumb|left|The Dominion invades the Alpha Quadrant]]
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The conflict between the Klingons and the Cardassians is what paved the way for the Dominion to gain a foothold in the Alpha Quadrant. In mid-[[2373]], [[Gul]] [[Dukat]], frustrated with the losses his people had taken from the Klingons, negotiated the entry of the Cardassian Union into the Dominion. The Dominion immediately began fortifying [[Cardassia]] with weekly convoys of [[warship]]s and troops from the [[Gamma Quadrant]]. With his new Dominion allies, Dukat was able to make good on a promise to drive the Klingons from Cardassian space and wipe out the [[Maquis]] resistance in the [[Demilitarized Zone]]. At this point, the Federation and Klingons renewed their [[Khitomer Accords|alliance]] and agreed to stand side-by-side against the new Dominion-Cardassian threat. ({{DS9|By Inferno's Light|Blaze of Glory}})
   
==Outbreak of Hostilities==
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Although a technical state of war did not yet exist, several skirmishes occurred near the Cardassian border over the next several months, with ships such as the {{USS|Tian An Men}} and the {{IKS|B'Moth}} either being destroyed or reported missing. Additionally, the Dominion began securing nonaggression pacts with several of the Alpha Quadrant's regional powers, including the [[Tholian Assembly]], the [[Miradorn]], the [[Bajoran]]s, and perhaps most significantly, the [[Romulan Star Empire]]. Hoping to prevent any further Dominion reinforcements from reaching Cardassia, the Federation opted to mine the entrance to the [[Bajoran wormhole]], a move that [[Starfleet]] believed would lead to war. ({{DS9|Soldiers of the Empire|In the Cards|Call to Arms}})
A Federation-Klingon conflict erupted in early [[2373]], following tensions in the [[Archanis sector]], but it was resolved when the Dominion gained a physical foothold in the Alpha Quadrant through an alliance with Gul [[Dukat]] and the [[Cardassian Union]], arranged in mid-2373. They immediately began sending fleets of warships and supply vessels through the [[Bajoran wormhole]] and into Cardassian territory on a weekly basis. The Klingons could not stand against such a foe, and withdrew from Cardassian space. The Khitomer accords were put back into effect; war was an inevitability, and only the Federation-Klingon alliance stood against the forces of the Dominion. ([[DS9]]: "[[By Inferno's Light]]")
 
   
The fortification of the Cardassian Union, combined with the securing of non-aggression treaties with notable powers such as the [[Romulans]], made Dominion intentions clear. The Federation was forced to act, but could not present the aggressive stance of something so bold as a preemptive strike. Instead, the decision was made to mine the Bajoran wormhole to prevent further Dominion reinforcements from arriving. ([[DS9]]: "[[Call to Arms]]")
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== Total war begins ==
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[[File:Dominion fires.jpg|thumb|The first shots of the war being fired on Deep Space 9]]
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"''We're losing the peace, which means a war could be our only hope.''" <br />
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:- '''Benjamin Sisko''', [[Call to Arms (episode)|2373]]
   
The maneuver was sure to provoke the Dominion into attack, and this end was achieved. The Dominion attacked [[Deep Space Nine]] and attempted to prevent the activation of the minefield. They failed, and as the minefield became active, the Federation-Klingon alliance dispatched a task force to attack the Dominion shipyards at [[Torros III]]. Their mission was successful, though the Dominion won the [[Battle of Deep Space Nine]] and held the station for the next several months. It would prove to be of little use during the war, however, as the Starfleet officers who fled the station had disabled much of its equipment, and an active (though subtle) resistance was fomented by the Bajoran contingent. ([[DS9]]: "[[Behind the Lines]]")
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Upon learning of the Federation's intent to mine the wormhole, a large Dominion fleet was dispatched to [[Deep Space 9]] to capture the station. Despite the heavy armaments, the station did not have the resources to fend off the Dominion fleet without reinforcements from the Federation. Shortly after the activation of the minefield, DS9's [[Starfleet]] personnel were forced to abandon the station aboard the {{USS|Defiant|2370}} and the {{IKS|Rotarran}}.
   
The early part of [[2374]] found the Dominion trying its hardest to disable the minefield that stood in front of the wormhole. By spring of that year, it was known that they were close to achieving this, and Captain [[Benjamin Sisko]] told Starfleet that the station's recapture must be seen as the top priority of the war. The station was retaken (with help from the Prophets) during [[Operation Return]]. It was the first major alliance victory of the war, and spelled the end of Dukat's leadership of Cardassia. He was replaced by his underling, [[Damar]].
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Shortly before the Dominion forces boarded Deep Space 9, now returned to its original name Terok Nor by the Cardassians, [[Bajoran Militia]] officer [[Major]] [[Kira Nerys]] activated [[Program Sisko 197]], which had the effect of sabotaging the station and rendering it a nearly lifeless hulk. The minefield surrounding the wormhole operated independently and resisted all initial attempts to deactivate it. Furthermore, while the Dominion forces were occupied with their attack on Deep Space 9, a combined Starfleet-Klingon taskforce destroyed the Dominion shipyards at [[Torros III]]. ({{DS9|Call to Arms|Behind the Lines}})
   
However, even with this victory, the Federation and Klingons were struggling to hold their own. The Dominion took [[Betazed]] in 2374, and it was clear that more help would be needed if the alliance had any hope of victory. The Romulan Star Empire had to this point declared themselves neutral in the conflict, though they were allowing Dominion ships passage through their space. Captain Sisko undertook an act of coercion with the help of [[Garak]], implicating the Dominion in an assassination plot against the Romulan proconsul. His ploy was successful, and the Romulans joined the alliance. ([[DS9]]: "[[In the Pale Moonlight]]")
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== Dominion advances ==
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[[File:Dukat and weyoun.jpg|thumb|left|Dukat and Weyoun discuss the evidently imminent Dominion victory over the Federation]]
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Over the next three months, Federation and Klingon forces clashed with the Dominion across multiple fronts but were repeatedly forced to retreat with heavy losses. In one battle, an attempt by the Federation [[Seventh Fleet]] to stop the Dominion advance in the [[Tyra system]] failed with 98 of 112 ships destroyed. Morale among Starfleet and the Klingon Defense Forces plummeted. While the [[Federation News Service]] apprised citizens at home of the grim situation on the front lines, the reality was even worse. ({{DS9|A Time to Stand}})
   
It was with this added firepower that the alliance was able to win the [[First Battle of Chin'toka]] in 2374, taking the strategically important system in their first major incursion into Dominion territory. ([[DS9]]: "[[Tears of the Prophets (episode)|Tears of the Prophets]]")
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Allied victories were few and far between; these included the destruction of the Dominion's primary [[ketracel-white]] storage facility in Cardassian space and the destruction of a massive Dominion [[sensor array]] in the [[Argolis Cluster]]. Their dwindling supplies of white greatly concerned the Dominion, with [[Glinn]] [[Damar]] even proposing that the last rations of white be poisoned if new supplies could not be secured. Nevertheless, the Dominion continued to push deeper into Federation territory, approaching the [[Vulcan]] and [[Bolian]] home systems by the end of the following month. On occupied [[Deep Space 9]], Dominion efforts to dismantle the [[minefield]] surrounding the wormhole were beginning to bear fruit, and the [[Female Changeling]] arrived to oversee the war effort. ({{DS9|Behind the Lines|Favor the Bold}})
   
One very important event was changing the shape of the war away from the front lines: the Founders themselves were being attacked by a debilitating virus. It would later be claimed that [[Section 31]] may have had a hand in the infection. The Founders' abilities as leaders were being compromised just as their military was taking severe punishment from the emboldened alliance. ([[DS9]]: "[[Treachery, Faith, and the Great River]]")
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By the second quarter of 2374, the Allies were in desperate straits. Knowing that they needed a major victory, Captain [[Benjamin Sisko]] argued to [[Starfleet Command]] that they must go on the offensive. Termed [[Operation Return]], Sisko's plan was to recapture Deep Space 9, the most strategically important site in the entire quadrant due to its control of the wormhole. Despite misgivings about pulling forces away from [[Earth]], Starfleet approved the plan and Federation forces began assembling at [[Starbase 375]].
   
==Counterattack and Victory==
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Unfortunately, Starfleet soon received intelligence from resistance members on Deep Space 9 that the Dominion was three days away from deactivating the minefield. Only two-thirds of the Federation task force was in place, and the Klingons had not yet committed to the plan. Still, given that defeat would be inevitable if the Dominion were allowed to gain reinforcements from the [[Gamma Quadrant]], Sisko launched Operation Return with the 600 ships he had. In response, Dukat recalled 1,254 ships from the Dominion front lines to intercept the Federation fleet. ({{DS9|Favor the Bold}})
Indeed, with Romulan reinforcement, the alliance had forced somewhat of a stalemate. Early and middle 2375 was spent with neither side offering a firm push forward into the other. To add to the Dominion's troubles, Damar was openly criticizing the war effort and deriding the Founders' leadership. It seemed to him that Cardassian troops were bearing the brunt of the assault, and statistics proved him correct. Dominion leaders decided that a change was necessary, and in late 2375 they sought the help of the [[Breen]], a mysterious but powerful race. In the ensuing months, the Breen took more and more Cardassian responsibility, leadership--even territory. The tide had turned in favor of the Dominion, but Cardassians grew more restless by the day. ([[DS9]]: "[[Til Death Do Us Part]]")
 
   
With assistance from Breen energy-draining weapons, the Dominion won the [[Second Battle of Chin'toka]] and regained control of the system. Starfleet and Romulan vessels were decimated by the new technology, forcing the Klingons to hold the front lines until a countermeasure could be found. The Breen even staged an attack on Earth (the [[Raid on San Francisco]]), dealing a heavy blow to Federation morale. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Changing Face of Evil]]")
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[[File:Klingon fleet, Sacrifice of Angels.jpg|thumb|The Klingons assist the suffering Federation forces during the mission to retake Deep Space 9]]
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Outnumbered two-to-one, Starfleet took heavy casualties as they attempted to fight their way through the Dominion lines. With the timely arrival of Klingon forces, the battle began to turn in the Allies' favor. The {{USS|Defiant|2370}} was the first ship to break through, but reached Deep Space 9 too late to stop the destruction of the minefield. Seeing no other options, Sisko took the ''Defiant'' into the wormhole, where they were faced with 2,800 Dominion ships. However, Sisko was able to persuade the [[Prophet]]s to remove the Dominion forces in order to save [[Bajor]]. With no reinforcements inbound and 300 more Allied ships approaching the [[Bajoran system]], the Dominion position on Deep Space 9 became untenable and [[Weyoun]] ordered a general withdrawal. Dukat became mentally unstable following the loss of both his ultimate victory and his daughter [[Tora Ziyal]], and was captured by the Federation. Damar succeeded him as leader of the [[Cardassian Union]]. ({{DS9|Sacrifice of Angels}})
   
The Dominion's obvious favoring of the Breen finally frustrated Damar to the point that he formed an active resistance on Cardassia. He first attempted a military coup d'etat, but Gul [[Rovok]] betrayed him and the rebellion was quickly shut down. Damar, with help from Colonel [[Kira Nerys]] and Garak, transitioned to an underground civilian resistance. It was a success, and public anger against the Dominion was rising by the day. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Dogs of War]]")
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== Temporary stalemate ==
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The war entered a temporary lull, the Dominion forces having fallen back behind their lines. ({{DS9|Resurrection}}) During this time, Weyoun and an unwilling Damar sued for peace with the Federation. Weyoun proposed to redraw the Federation-Cardassian border to give disputed [[star system]]s to the side with ''de facto'' control, an arrangement which on the balance favored the Federation. However, a think tank of [[genetically engineered]] individuals led by Doctor [[Julian Bashir]] ascertained that the Dominion's true goal was to obtain the [[Kabrel system]], which would enable them to produce ketracel-white in the Alpha Quadrant. Bashir advised that the Federation accept the peace proposal to forestall an immediate Dominion attack, buying time for Allied forces to rebuild. Instead, the Federation made a counter-proposal and the talks ended inconclusively. ({{DS9|Statistical Probabilities}})
   
The alliance also successfully countered the Breen energy weapon, and with this the tactical advantage returned to their side. The Dominion withdrew to Cardassian space with designs on rebuilding from behind fortified borders. The determination was made that the best hopes of success for an invasion were now, before the Dominion was allowed to strengthen itself any further. A three-pronged attack on Cardassia Prime was to be led by Captain Sisko, Admiral [[William Ross]] and now-Chancellor [[Martok]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Dogs of War]]")
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[[File:Kudaketan.jpg|thumb|[[Kudak'Etan]], one of the first Jem'Hadar bred in the Alpha Quadrant]]
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Some weeks later, Dominion activity began to increase all along the border, putting lie to hopes that the war would end with the retaking of Deep Space 9. Allied losses mounted, including the destruction of the {{USS|Honshu}} and the {{USS|Cortez}}. ({{DS9|Waltz|Far Beyond the Stars}}) Dominion agents established ties with the [[Orion Syndicate]] in an unsuccessful plot to undermine the [[Treaty of Alliance|Federation-Klingon alliance]]. ({{DS9|Honor Among Thieves}}) Since obtaining reinforcements from the Gamma Quadrant remained impossible due to the Prophets, the Dominion began to breed legions of [[Jem'Hadar]] in the Alpha Quadrant, and pushed shipbuilding to full capacity. ({{DS9|One Little Ship|In the Pale Moonlight|The Reckoning}}) The issue of ketracel-white shortage was eventually mitigated via new supplies manufactured by the [[Son'a]]. ({{DS9|Penumbra}}; {{film|9}})
   
The Cardassian resistance was alive and well, and knew of the impending invasion. They planned massive work stoppages and sabotage to prevent the Dominion from having ground support during the battle. The sabotage of power to the Dominion headquarters prompted a swift and brutal reprisal - the massacre of the population of [[Lakarian City]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[What You Leave Behind]]")
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In late 2374, the Dominion [[Battle of Betazed|successfully invaded]] [[Betazed]] from the [[Kalandra sector]], overrunning the planet and its outlying colonies in under ten hours. With control of this key Federation territory, the Dominion was in a position to threaten [[Vulcan (planet)|Vulcan]], [[Andor]], [[Tellar]], and [[Alpha Centauri]]. For the Federation Alliance, suffering from shortages of ships and manpower, defeat now seemed only a matter of time unless the ''status quo'' changed. After the loss of Betazed, Captain [[Benjamin Sisko]] concluded that the Allies had to bring the [[Romulan]]s into the war by whatever means necessary. ({{DS9|In the Pale Moonlight}})
   
The [[Battle of Cardassia]] was one of the largest space battles in galactic history, and was won by the alliance with unexpected help - Cardassian commanders received the news of Lakarian City's fate and turned on the Dominion. The Dominion responded typically - the head Founder ordered the Jem'Hadar to offer no quarter and fight to the last man, as well as commanding the annihilation of the entire planetary population of Cardassia Prime. Finally, [[Odo]] was able to break into Dominion headquarters with Kira and Garak, and he convinced the head Founder to give up the war by offering to return to the Great Link and cure the virus that had been crippling his people. The war was officially ended with the signing of the [[Treaty of Bajor]], and all Dominion forces returned to the Gamma Quadrant. ([[DS9]]: "[[What You Leave Behind]]")
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== The tide turns ==
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"''Think about it, they're in the perfect position. They get to sit back and watch as their biggest rivals slug it out in a long, bloody war. No one's threatening their interests. Why should they risk their necks? There's simply no reason for them to get involved in ''our'' war.''" <br />
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:- '''Jadzia Dax''', [[In the Pale Moonlight (episode)|2374]]
   
Foremost in the aftermath, however, was the state of Cardassia Prime. Eight hundred million civilians were dead, and the entire Cardassian Union was in danger of total collapse. The Alpha Quadrant had lost a major power, and the geopolitical ramifications of the war would continue to be seen for many years to come.
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The [[Romulan Star Empire]] had to this point remained neutral, though they were turning a blind eye to Dominion ships crossing their space to ambush Federation ships. Sisko and [[Elim Garak]], with the approval of [[Starfleet Intelligence]], carried out a covert mission to implicate the Dominion in the [[assassination]] of [[Senator]] [[Vreenak]]. The [[Tal Shiar]] recovered from Vreenak's belongings a supposed recording of a top-level Dominion meeting planning the invasion of Romulan space. In response, the Romulans declared war on the Dominion, opening up a second front and relieving pressure on the Federation and Klingons. ({{DS9|In the Pale Moonlight}})
   
== Notable battles of the Dominion War ==
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The Federation continued to reach out for more support from neighboring species. In 2374, the [[Federation Council]] conveyed an official diplomatic message to [[Grand Nagus]] [[Zek]] through [[Ensign]] [[Nog]], the only [[Ferengi]] in Starfleet, which [[Jake Sisko]] speculated was a proposal for an alliance. The following year, the Federation accepted the [[Evora]] as a [[protectorate]] despite their having achieved [[warp drive]] only the previous year. ({{DS9|In the Pale Moonlight|Valiant}}, {{film|9}})
   
* [[Battle of Deep Space Nine]] ([[2373]])
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[[File:Federation Alliance fleet.jpg|thumb|The Federation Alliance takes the Chin'toka system in 2374]]
* [[Operation Return]] ([[2374]])
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With the Romulans now part of the [[Federation Alliance]], an [[First Battle of Chin'toka|offensive into Cardassian space]] became possible. The Romulans had reservations that such an attack would inflict unacceptable casualties, but Sisko convinced them that the only path to victory was to eliminate the military infrastructure that allowed Dominion to make war. The [[Chin'toka system]] was chosen as the target, as its defenses had been thinned to provide more ships for the Romulan front. However, the Cardassians had recently deployed a network of [[orbital weapon platform]]s in the system, which came online during the Allies' attack. The platforms wreaked havoc on Allied ships until Garak and Chief [[Miles O'Brien]] devised a way to destroy their central power source. Once the platforms were neutralized, Allied forces took control of the system. ({{DS9|Tears of the Prophets}})
* [[First Battle of Chin'toka]] ([[2374]])
 
* [[Raid on San Francisco]] ([[2375]])
 
* [[Second Battle of Chin'toka]] ([[2375]])
 
* [[Battle of Cardassia]] ([[2375]])
 
   
== Associated events ==
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The invasion of Chin'toka was a tremendous boost to Federation Alliance morale, yet stiff Dominion resistance prevented the Allies from advancing further into Cardassian space as had been hoped. At [[Monac IV]], a Klingon fleet was repulsed with at least thirty percent casualties. ({{DS9|Image in the Sand}}) The system continued to be a war zone due to constant counterattacks by Dominion ships and ground troops. One significant gain for the Allies in Chin'toka was the capture of a Dominion [[subspace relay station]], [[AR-558]], which in time provided a trove of military intelligence. ({{DS9|The Siege of AR-558}})
   
* [[Cardassian Rebellion]] of [[2375]]
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On other fronts, the Federation Alliance enjoyed more success. Based on intelligence provided by Garak, Allied forces launched a new offensive in the [[Kalandra sector]] and retook the [[Kalandra system]] from the Dominion. ({{DS9|Afterimage|The Emperor's New Cloak}}) Capitalizing on the speed and stealth of [[Klingon Bird-of-Prey|Klingon birds-of-prey]], General [[Martok]] launched a [[cavalry raid|raid]] into Cardassian space that damaged several key targets. ({{DS9|Once More Unto the Breach}}) Cooperation in the war also led to improved diplomatic relations between the Federation and the Romulans. ({{DS9|Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges}}) On the other side, Legate Damar was becoming increasingly disillusioned by the Dominion and embittered by Weyoun's callous disregard for Cardassian lives and interests. ({{DS9|'Til Death Do Us Part}})
* [[Massacre of Lakarian City]] on [[Cardassia Prime]] ([[2375]])
 
   
==See Also==
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In early 2375, the Federation learned of a development that would ultimately determine the course of the war: the [[Founder]]s had been afflicted with a [[morphogenic virus]] that would soon destroy the [[Great Link]]. ({{DS9|Treachery, Faith and the Great River}}) Later, it was discovered that the virus had been engineered by [[Section 31]]. Doctor Bashir and Chief O'Brien managed to obtain a cure from the Section 31 operative [[Luther Sloan]], but the [[Federation Council]] decided to withhold the cure from the Dominion for strategic concerns. Some within the Federation Alliance protested this act as abetting [[genocide]]. ({{DS9|Extreme Measures|The Dogs of War}})
   
[http://www.st-minutiae.com/academy/history316/surrenderd.xhtml Dominion surrender documents]
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"''Legate Damar may be the key to saving the Alpha Quadrant.''"<br />
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Seeking to rescue their war effort, in late 2375 the [[Female Changeling]] began secret negotiations with the reclusive [[Breen Confederacy]] for an [[Dominion-Breen Alliance|alliance]]. She promised the [[Breen]] unspecified Cardassian territorial concessions in exchange, to which Damar objected but was summarily overruled. ({{DS9|Penumbra|'Til Death Do Us Part}}) The new alliance further sidelined the Cardassians, which, along with the [[Invasion of Septimus III|massacre]] of the [[Eleventh Order]] at [[Septimus III]], finally spurred Damar to rebel against the Dominion. ({{DS9|Strange Bedfellows|The Changing Face of Evil}})
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[[File:USS Defiant destroyed.jpg|thumb|left|The Breen crush the Allies while retaking Chin'toka]]
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The Breen entered the war with a shocking attack on [[Starfleet Headquarters]] on Earth. Though their attacking force was destroyed, the Breen inflicted significant death and destruction on [[San Francisco]], and dealt a heavy psychological blow to the Federation. The Breen subsequently joined Dominion forces in a [[Second Battle of Chin'toka|massive counterattack on the Chin'toka system]], breaking through the Allied defenses in two places before a relief force of 312 starships could be dispatched from Deep Space 9. In the ensuing battle, the Breen unleashed a hitherto unknown [[energy-dampening weapon]] that disabled all but one of the Federation Alliance ships. The Dominion thus easily retook Chin'toka, but at their hour of triumph Damar announced the formation of the [[Cardassian Liberation Front]] and their attack on the Dominion [[cloning facility]] on [[Rondac III]]. ({{DS9|The Changing Face of Evil}})
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The only Allied ship at Chin'toka to escape the effects of the Breen energy-dampening weapon was the ''[[Ki'tang]]'', owing to a chance modification of the ship's engines made before the battle. General Martok ordered every Klingon warship to make the same modification, and had 1,500 ships ready for deployment the following day. With the Federation and Romulan fleets effectively useless for the time being, the Klingons were left to hold the front lines at twenty-to-one odds. Martok ordered his forces to form into small battle groups and engage in hit-and-run attacks, aiming to keep the Dominion off-balance and prevent them from organizing major offensives. ({{DS9|When It Rains...}})
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However, the Allied defense was soon jeopardized by Chancellor [[Gowron]], who had become threatened by Martok's popularity. Gowron took direct command of the Klingon forces and repeatedly sent Martok on hopeless offensives, intending either for him to be killed or for him to be disgraced by multiple defeats. These battles, such as the attack on [[Avenal VII]] where the Klingons were outnumbered six-to-one, wasted Klingon ships and lives for no gain. With the outcome of the war at stake, Captain Sisko ordered Lieutenant Commander [[Worf]] to deal with Gowron. After Gowron announced plans for what would be a disastrous attack on [[Sarpedion V]], Worf challenged his leadership and slew him in single combat. Worf then handed chancellorship of the [[Klingon Empire]] to Martok. ({{DS9|Tacking Into the Wind}})
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[[File:Damar preaches freedom.jpg|thumb|Damar rallying popular support on Cardassia against the Dominion]]
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Meanwhile, the Cardassian rebels had gone into hiding after losing half their forces in the assault on Rondac III. The Federation supplied [[replicator]]s and weapons to the rebels, and dispatched [[Kira Nerys]] (newly commissioned as a Starfleet commander), Garak, and Odo to Damar to train his troops in guerrilla tactics. ({{DS9|When It Rains...}}) With their help, the Cardassian liberation successfully carried out a number of sabotage attacks on Dominion targets, and was able to deliver an intact Breen energy-dampening weapon to the Allies. ({{DS9|Tacking Into the Wind}}) Unfortunately their success was short-lived, as Gul [[Revok]]'s treachery allowed the Dominion to find and destroy all eighteen rebel bases. ({{DS9|The Dogs of War}}) Damar, Kira, and Garak took refuge on [[Cardassia Prime]] after the end of the military rebellion. There, they learned that Damar's brief but effective campaign had left quite an impression on the Cardassian people. After bombing a Jem'Hadar barracks, Damar was able to rally the Cardassian civilian population into overt resistance against the Dominion.
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Although the Cardassian rebellion had ostensibly been crushed, the development of a countermeasure to the Breen energy dampening weapon by the Allies again put the Dominion at a disadvantage. Consequently, the Female Changeling ordered all Dominion forces to withdraw from all occupied territories and establish a new fortified defense perimeter within Cardassian space. The hope was that the Federation Alliance would balk at cost of breaching the perimeter, giving the Dominion time to rebuild. While the prospect of containing the Dominion within its present borders was discussed among the Allies, Captain Sisko, Chancellor Martok, and other commanders successfully argued that the Dominion must not be allowed a respite due to its superior shipbuilding and troop recruitment capabilities. Instead, the Federation Alliance committed to a decisive, three-pronged strike toward the heart of the Dominion in the Alpha Quadrant: [[Cardassia Prime]]. ({{DS9|Tacking Into the Wind|The Dogs of War}})
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[[File:Federation Alliance fleet departs DS9.jpg|thumb|The Federation Alliance fleet departs Deep Space 9 for Cardassia]]
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The Allied invasion fleet launched from Deep Space 9 and engaged Dominion and Breen forces in [[Battle of Cardassia|the battle]] that would decide the war. As the battle raged, over a third of the Allied ships were destroyed, including the Romulan [[flagship]]. At the same time, in a coordinated effort Cardassian rebels sabotaged power, transportation, and communications systems across Cardassia Prime, causing a planetary blackout and cutting off [[Dominion Headquarters]] from its forces engaged with the Allied fleet. In retaliation, the Jem'Hadar annihilated [[Lakarian City]] and its two million inhabitants. Instead of quelling the rebellion, this atrocity led to the Cardassian fleet switching sides in the midst of battle. With the Cardassian military turned against them, the Dominion had no choice but to order a full retreat back to Cardassia Prime. Infuriated, the Female Changeling ordered the Cardassian puppet leadership executed and the entire Cardassian population exterminated. Jem'Hadar troops began to destroy Cardassian cities building by building, slaughtering millions.
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The war was effectively lost for the Dominion, yet the Female Changeling remained unswayed in her goal of neutralizing the Alpha Quadrant powers. She ordered her Jem'Hadar and Breen forces to fight to the last, resolving to make victory so costly for the Allies that they could pose no threat to the [[Great Link]] in the Gamma Quadrant for the foreseeable future. As Federation, Klingon, Romulan, and Cardassian ships surrounded Cardassia Prime, Cardassian resistance fighters breached Dominion Headquarters, though Damar was killed in the process. Kira and Garak captured the Founder, and Odo beamed down and linked with her. Odo convinced her to surrender her forces and stand trial for war crimes, in exchange for him returning to the Great Link and saving the Founders from the [[morphogenic virus]]. ({{DS9|What You Leave Behind}})
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== Aftermath ==
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"''This is a moment worth savoring. To victory! Hard fought, and well earned.''"<br />
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"''Suddenly I'm not thirsty.''"<br />
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[[File:Female Changeling signs Treaty of Bajor.jpg|thumb|The Treaty of Bajor is signed, officially ending the war]]
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The instrument of surrender, the [[Treaty of Bajor]], was signed on [[Deep Space 9]] only days after the [[Battle of Cardassia]]. Following the end of the war, the [[Dominion]] was forced back into the [[Gamma Quadrant]], the [[Cardassian Union]] was in shambles, and the [[Klingon Empire]] was estimated to be set back by at least a decade. The war also prompted a change in leadership in the [[Klingon High Council]], as [[Lieutenant Commander]] [[Worf]] killed [[Chancellor]] [[Gowron]] for squandering the Empire's resources on a political vendetta against [[General]] [[Martok]] in the final weeks of the war. Worf passed the Chancellorship onto Martok immediately after Gowron's death. ({{DS9|Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges|Tacking Into the Wind|What You Leave Behind}})
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Although both the [[Federation]] and the [[Romulan Empire]] suffered a heavy death toll, [[Section 31]] operative [[Luther Sloan]] speculated that these two powers would be the ones struggling for control of a post-war [[Alpha Quadrant]]. Even before the war's end, many in both the Federation and the Romulan Empire believed that their alliance was only a temporary war-time coalition. There was concern that the Romulans would not cede worlds they liberated from the Dominion, such as [[Benzar]], back to the Federation. By [[2379]], the [[Romulan Neutral Zone|Neutral Zone]] was still in effect, and serious peace talks did not begin until late that year. ({{DS9|The Reckoning|Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges}}; {{film|10}})
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[[File:Cardassia in ruins.jpg|thumb|Cardassia stands in ruins...]]
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Foremost in the aftermath, however, was the state of [[Cardassia Prime]]. Eight hundred million civilians were dead, and the entire Cardassian Union was in danger of total collapse. The Alpha Quadrant had lost a major power, and the effects on galactic politics would continue to be seen for many years to come. ({{DS9|What You Leave Behind}})
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=== Background information ===
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[[Ira Steven Behr]] and [[Ronald D. Moore]] were the writers most involved with the creation and development of the Dominion War. [[Rick Berman]] wanted the war to be over within three or four episodes at the most. Behr and Moore knew the series would never be able to wrap up the war in that many episodes. Berman also criticized the "depressing" and "violent" stories. Moore later said "''It's a f___in' war! What do you mean it's too violent?!''" [http://www.trekweb.com/stories.php?aid=3fd2828e8365a&tid=3fd297e330a24&cid=3fd39cec1a6ac]
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[[Majel Barrett]] criticized the arc in a letter published in ''[[Star Trek Communicator]]'', claiming that [[Gene Roddenberry]] would have never approved of a continuing war in a ''Star Trek'' series. Berman has espoused similar sentiments, noting that his opposition "''was all based purely on the fact that Gene had been very specific to me about not wanting ''Star Trek'' to be a show about intergalactic wars, interspecies wars. He didn't want it to be about humans fighting wars against other species.''" {{St.com|rick-berman-looks-back-at-18-years-of-trek-part-2||article}} Responding to the former, Moore admitted, "''She's probably right. It would've been very hard to argue Gene into going this way and maybe he'd have never gone for it. However, I would've still argued for doing the Dominion War with him and if he'd rejected it, I would've thought he was wrong. I respect Gene and his work, but I don't think he was always right and I'm not going to pretend that I do. The Dominion War has been one of the better storylines we've come up with whether Gene would've agreed or not.''" {{AOLchat|Ronald D. Moore|ron129|1999}}
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The Dominion War was only directly referred to on three occasions outside of ''Deep Space Nine'': {{VOY|Message in a Bottle}}, {{film|9}} and {{film|10}}.
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In ''[[Rising Son]]'', it is revealed that the inhabitants of the Gamma Quadrant refer to the war as the "Quadrant War".
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* ''[[Tales of the Dominion War]]''
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* ''[[Star Trek: The Dominion War]]''
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** ''[[Behind Enemy Lines]]''
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** ''[[Call to Arms (novel)|Call to Arms]]''
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** ''[[Tunnel Through the Stars]]''
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** ''[[Sacrifice of Angels (novel)|Sacrifice of Angels]]''
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* ''[[What You Leave Behind (novel)|What You Leave Behind]]''
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* ''[[The Battle of Betazed]]''
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* ''[[Hollow Men]]''
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* ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Dominion Wars]]''
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Dominion War
USS Sitak and USS Majestic hit.jpg

USS Sitak (bottom left) is destroyed and USS Majestic (center) is badly damaged during "Operation Return", one of the hard-won victories by the Federation Alliance

USS Sitak (bottom left) is destroyed and USS Majestic (center) is badly damaged during "Operation Return", one of the hard-won victories by the Federation Alliance
Date: 23732375
Location: Alpha Quadrant
Result: Federation Alliance victory;
Federation Alliance occupation of Cardassia;
Withdrawal of Dominion forces to the Gamma Quadrant
Belligerents
Federation Alliance
Federation
Klingon Empire
Romulan Empire
Bajoran Provisional Government
Cardassian Liberation Front
Dominion-Breen Alliance
Dominion
Cardassian Union
Breen Confederacy
Son'a
Notable commanders
Federation:
Captain Benjamin Sisko
Admiral William Ross

Klingon Empire:

General/Chancellor Martok
Chancellor Gowron

Romulan Empire:

Senator Kimara Cretak
General Velal

Cardassian Liberation Front:

Legate Damar
Dominion:
Female Changeling
Weyoun

Cardassian Union:

Gul Dukat
Legate Damar† (later rebelled)
Legate Broca

Breen Confederacy:

Thot Gor
Thot Pran
Strength
Unknown number of ships. At height: 30,000 starships
Casualties and losses
Unknown, severe Over 807 million Cardassians, near complete destruction of Jem'Hadar forces in the Alpha Quadrant, unknown number of Breen losses
Federation Alliance Dominion-Breen Alliance
United Federation of Planets logo
Dominion logo
Klingon Empire logo
Cardassian Union logo
Romulan Star Empire logo
Breen Confederacy logo
"The Alpha Quadrant seems wracked with chaos – it could use some order...."
"Imposing your type of 'order' on the Alpha Quadrant...may prove more difficult than you imagine."
– The Female Changeling and Odo, 2371 ("The Search, Part II")

The Dominion War was a two-year interstellar conflict fought between the Federation Alliance and the Dominion from 2373 to 2375. It was one of the most destructive and bloody wars in galactic history. By the time the conflict ended, the Alpha Quadrant had lost a notable power (the Cardassian Union), the Klingon Defense Force was set back for decades, and there remained a catastrophic death toll for all powers involved.

Prelude Edit

"You have no idea what's begun here.'

- Eris, 2370

Following the Federation's first official contact with the Dominion in 2370, a cold war developed between several of the Alpha Quadrant's major powers and the Dominion that lasted for three years. By placing Changeling infiltrators in important positions within the governments of the Alpha and Beta Quadrant's major powers, the Dominion was able to wipe out the Obsidian Order, drastically reduce the capabilities of the Tal Shiar, nearly cause a war between the Federation and the Tzenkethi, and start a war between the Klingon Empire and the Cardassian Union, an act which concurrently caused a conflict between the Federation and Klingons. (DS9: "The Die is Cast", "The Adversary", "The Way of the Warrior")

Dominion invasion

The Dominion invades the Alpha Quadrant

The conflict between the Klingons and the Cardassians is what paved the way for the Dominion to gain a foothold in the Alpha Quadrant. In mid-2373, Gul Dukat, frustrated with the losses his people had taken from the Klingons, negotiated the entry of the Cardassian Union into the Dominion. The Dominion immediately began fortifying Cardassia with weekly convoys of warships and troops from the Gamma Quadrant. With his new Dominion allies, Dukat was able to make good on a promise to drive the Klingons from Cardassian space and wipe out the Maquis resistance in the Demilitarized Zone. At this point, the Federation and Klingons renewed their alliance and agreed to stand side-by-side against the new Dominion-Cardassian threat. (DS9: "By Inferno's Light", "Blaze of Glory")

Although a technical state of war did not yet exist, several skirmishes occurred near the Cardassian border over the next several months, with ships such as the USS Tian An Men and the IKS B'Moth either being destroyed or reported missing. Additionally, the Dominion began securing nonaggression pacts with several of the Alpha Quadrant's regional powers, including the Tholian Assembly, the Miradorn, the Bajorans, and perhaps most significantly, the Romulan Star Empire. Hoping to prevent any further Dominion reinforcements from reaching Cardassia, the Federation opted to mine the entrance to the Bajoran wormhole, a move that Starfleet believed would lead to war. (DS9: "Soldiers of the Empire", "In the Cards", "Call to Arms")

Total war begins Edit

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The first shots of the war being fired on Deep Space 9

"We're losing the peace, which means a war could be our only hope."

- Benjamin Sisko, 2373

Upon learning of the Federation's intent to mine the wormhole, a large Dominion fleet was dispatched to Deep Space 9 to capture the station. Despite the heavy armaments, the station did not have the resources to fend off the Dominion fleet without reinforcements from the Federation. Shortly after the activation of the minefield, DS9's Starfleet personnel were forced to abandon the station aboard the USS Defiant and the IKS Rotarran.

Shortly before the Dominion forces boarded Deep Space 9, now returned to its original name Terok Nor by the Cardassians, Bajoran Militia officer Major Kira Nerys activated Program Sisko 197, which had the effect of sabotaging the station and rendering it a nearly lifeless hulk. The minefield surrounding the wormhole operated independently and resisted all initial attempts to deactivate it. Furthermore, while the Dominion forces were occupied with their attack on Deep Space 9, a combined Starfleet-Klingon taskforce destroyed the Dominion shipyards at Torros III. (DS9: "Call to Arms", "Behind the Lines")

Dominion advances Edit

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Dukat and Weyoun discuss the evidently imminent Dominion victory over the Federation

Over the next three months, Federation and Klingon forces clashed with the Dominion across multiple fronts but were repeatedly forced to retreat with heavy losses. In one battle, an attempt by the Federation Seventh Fleet to stop the Dominion advance in the Tyra system failed with 98 of 112 ships destroyed. Morale among Starfleet and the Klingon Defense Forces plummeted. While the Federation News Service apprised citizens at home of the grim situation on the front lines, the reality was even worse. (DS9: "A Time to Stand")

Allied victories were few and far between; these included the destruction of the Dominion's primary ketracel-white storage facility in Cardassian space and the destruction of a massive Dominion sensor array in the Argolis Cluster. Their dwindling supplies of white greatly concerned the Dominion, with Glinn Damar even proposing that the last rations of white be poisoned if new supplies could not be secured. Nevertheless, the Dominion continued to push deeper into Federation territory, approaching the Vulcan and Bolian home systems by the end of the following month. On occupied Deep Space 9, Dominion efforts to dismantle the minefield surrounding the wormhole were beginning to bear fruit, and the Female Changeling arrived to oversee the war effort. (DS9: "Behind the Lines", "Favor the Bold")

By the second quarter of 2374, the Allies were in desperate straits. Knowing that they needed a major victory, Captain Benjamin Sisko argued to Starfleet Command that they must go on the offensive. Termed Operation Return, Sisko's plan was to recapture Deep Space 9, the most strategically important site in the entire quadrant due to its control of the wormhole. Despite misgivings about pulling forces away from Earth, Starfleet approved the plan and Federation forces began assembling at Starbase 375.

Unfortunately, Starfleet soon received intelligence from resistance members on Deep Space 9 that the Dominion was three days away from deactivating the minefield. Only two-thirds of the Federation task force was in place, and the Klingons had not yet committed to the plan. Still, given that defeat would be inevitable if the Dominion were allowed to gain reinforcements from the Gamma Quadrant, Sisko launched Operation Return with the 600 ships he had. In response, Dukat recalled 1,254 ships from the Dominion front lines to intercept the Federation fleet. (DS9: "Favor the Bold")

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The Klingons assist the suffering Federation forces during the mission to retake Deep Space 9

Outnumbered two-to-one, Starfleet took heavy casualties as they attempted to fight their way through the Dominion lines. With the timely arrival of Klingon forces, the battle began to turn in the Allies' favor. The USS Defiant was the first ship to break through, but reached Deep Space 9 too late to stop the destruction of the minefield. Seeing no other options, Sisko took the Defiant into the wormhole, where they were faced with 2,800 Dominion ships. However, Sisko was able to persuade the Prophets to remove the Dominion forces in order to save Bajor. With no reinforcements inbound and 300 more Allied ships approaching the Bajoran system, the Dominion position on Deep Space 9 became untenable and Weyoun ordered a general withdrawal. Dukat became mentally unstable following the loss of both his ultimate victory and his daughter Tora Ziyal, and was captured by the Federation. Damar succeeded him as leader of the Cardassian Union. (DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels")

Temporary stalemate Edit

The war entered a temporary lull, the Dominion forces having fallen back behind their lines. (DS9: "Resurrection") During this time, Weyoun and an unwilling Damar sued for peace with the Federation. Weyoun proposed to redraw the Federation-Cardassian border to give disputed star systems to the side with de facto control, an arrangement which on the balance favored the Federation. However, a think tank of genetically engineered individuals led by Doctor Julian Bashir ascertained that the Dominion's true goal was to obtain the Kabrel system, which would enable them to produce ketracel-white in the Alpha Quadrant. Bashir advised that the Federation accept the peace proposal to forestall an immediate Dominion attack, buying time for Allied forces to rebuild. Instead, the Federation made a counter-proposal and the talks ended inconclusively. (DS9: "Statistical Probabilities")

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Kudak'Etan, one of the first Jem'Hadar bred in the Alpha Quadrant

Some weeks later, Dominion activity began to increase all along the border, putting lie to hopes that the war would end with the retaking of Deep Space 9. Allied losses mounted, including the destruction of the USS Honshu and the USS Cortez. (DS9: "Waltz", "Far Beyond the Stars") Dominion agents established ties with the Orion Syndicate in an unsuccessful plot to undermine the Federation-Klingon alliance. (DS9: "Honor Among Thieves") Since obtaining reinforcements from the Gamma Quadrant remained impossible due to the Prophets, the Dominion began to breed legions of Jem'Hadar in the Alpha Quadrant, and pushed shipbuilding to full capacity. (DS9: "One Little Ship", "In the Pale Moonlight", "The Reckoning") The issue of ketracel-white shortage was eventually mitigated via new supplies manufactured by the Son'a. (DS9: "Penumbra"; Star Trek: Insurrection)

In late 2374, the Dominion successfully invaded Betazed from the Kalandra sector, overrunning the planet and its outlying colonies in under ten hours. With control of this key Federation territory, the Dominion was in a position to threaten Vulcan, Andor, Tellar, and Alpha Centauri. For the Federation Alliance, suffering from shortages of ships and manpower, defeat now seemed only a matter of time unless the status quo changed. After the loss of Betazed, Captain Benjamin Sisko concluded that the Allies had to bring the Romulans into the war by whatever means necessary. (DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight")

The tide turns Edit

"Think about it, they're in the perfect position. They get to sit back and watch as their biggest rivals slug it out in a long, bloody war. No one's threatening their interests. Why should they risk their necks? There's simply no reason for them to get involved in our war."

- Jadzia Dax, 2374

The Romulan Star Empire had to this point remained neutral, though they were turning a blind eye to Dominion ships crossing their space to ambush Federation ships. Sisko and Elim Garak, with the approval of Starfleet Intelligence, carried out a covert mission to implicate the Dominion in the assassination of Senator Vreenak. The Tal Shiar recovered from Vreenak's belongings a supposed recording of a top-level Dominion meeting planning the invasion of Romulan space. In response, the Romulans declared war on the Dominion, opening up a second front and relieving pressure on the Federation and Klingons. (DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight")

The Federation continued to reach out for more support from neighboring species. In 2374, the Federation Council conveyed an official diplomatic message to Grand Nagus Zek through Ensign Nog, the only Ferengi in Starfleet, which Jake Sisko speculated was a proposal for an alliance. The following year, the Federation accepted the Evora as a protectorate despite their having achieved warp drive only the previous year. (DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight", "Valiant", Star Trek: Insurrection)

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The Federation Alliance takes the Chin'toka system in 2374

With the Romulans now part of the Federation Alliance, an offensive into Cardassian space became possible. The Romulans had reservations that such an attack would inflict unacceptable casualties, but Sisko convinced them that the only path to victory was to eliminate the military infrastructure that allowed Dominion to make war. The Chin'toka system was chosen as the target, as its defenses had been thinned to provide more ships for the Romulan front. However, the Cardassians had recently deployed a network of orbital weapon platforms in the system, which came online during the Allies' attack. The platforms wreaked havoc on Allied ships until Garak and Chief Miles O'Brien devised a way to destroy their central power source. Once the platforms were neutralized, Allied forces took control of the system. (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets")

The invasion of Chin'toka was a tremendous boost to Federation Alliance morale, yet stiff Dominion resistance prevented the Allies from advancing further into Cardassian space as had been hoped. At Monac IV, a Klingon fleet was repulsed with at least thirty percent casualties. (DS9: "Image in the Sand") The system continued to be a war zone due to constant counterattacks by Dominion ships and ground troops. One significant gain for the Allies in Chin'toka was the capture of a Dominion subspace relay station, AR-558, which in time provided a trove of military intelligence. (DS9: "The Siege of AR-558")

On other fronts, the Federation Alliance enjoyed more success. Based on intelligence provided by Garak, Allied forces launched a new offensive in the Kalandra sector and retook the Kalandra system from the Dominion. (DS9: "Afterimage", "The Emperor's New Cloak") Capitalizing on the speed and stealth of Klingon birds-of-prey, General Martok launched a raid into Cardassian space that damaged several key targets. (DS9: "Once More Unto the Breach") Cooperation in the war also led to improved diplomatic relations between the Federation and the Romulans. (DS9: "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges") On the other side, Legate Damar was becoming increasingly disillusioned by the Dominion and embittered by Weyoun's callous disregard for Cardassian lives and interests. (DS9: "'Til Death Do Us Part")

In early 2375, the Federation learned of a development that would ultimately determine the course of the war: the Founders had been afflicted with a morphogenic virus that would soon destroy the Great Link. (DS9: "Treachery, Faith and the Great River") Later, it was discovered that the virus had been engineered by Section 31. Doctor Bashir and Chief O'Brien managed to obtain a cure from the Section 31 operative Luther Sloan, but the Federation Council decided to withhold the cure from the Dominion for strategic concerns. Some within the Federation Alliance protested this act as abetting genocide. (DS9: "Extreme Measures", "The Dogs of War")

New allies Edit

"Legate Damar may be the key to saving the Alpha Quadrant."

- Benjamin Sisko, 2375

Seeking to rescue their war effort, in late 2375 the Female Changeling began secret negotiations with the reclusive Breen Confederacy for an alliance. She promised the Breen unspecified Cardassian territorial concessions in exchange, to which Damar objected but was summarily overruled. (DS9: "Penumbra", "'Til Death Do Us Part") The new alliance further sidelined the Cardassians, which, along with the massacre of the Eleventh Order at Septimus III, finally spurred Damar to rebel against the Dominion. (DS9: "Strange Bedfellows", "The Changing Face of Evil")

USS Defiant destroyed

The Breen crush the Allies while retaking Chin'toka

The Breen entered the war with a shocking attack on Starfleet Headquarters on Earth. Though their attacking force was destroyed, the Breen inflicted significant death and destruction on San Francisco, and dealt a heavy psychological blow to the Federation. The Breen subsequently joined Dominion forces in a massive counterattack on the Chin'toka system, breaking through the Allied defenses in two places before a relief force of 312 starships could be dispatched from Deep Space 9. In the ensuing battle, the Breen unleashed a hitherto unknown energy-dampening weapon that disabled all but one of the Federation Alliance ships. The Dominion thus easily retook Chin'toka, but at their hour of triumph Damar announced the formation of the Cardassian Liberation Front and their attack on the Dominion cloning facility on Rondac III. (DS9: "The Changing Face of Evil")

The only Allied ship at Chin'toka to escape the effects of the Breen energy-dampening weapon was the Ki'tang, owing to a chance modification of the ship's engines made before the battle. General Martok ordered every Klingon warship to make the same modification, and had 1,500 ships ready for deployment the following day. With the Federation and Romulan fleets effectively useless for the time being, the Klingons were left to hold the front lines at twenty-to-one odds. Martok ordered his forces to form into small battle groups and engage in hit-and-run attacks, aiming to keep the Dominion off-balance and prevent them from organizing major offensives. (DS9: "When It Rains...")

However, the Allied defense was soon jeopardized by Chancellor Gowron, who had become threatened by Martok's popularity. Gowron took direct command of the Klingon forces and repeatedly sent Martok on hopeless offensives, intending either for him to be killed or for him to be disgraced by multiple defeats. These battles, such as the attack on Avenal VII where the Klingons were outnumbered six-to-one, wasted Klingon ships and lives for no gain. With the outcome of the war at stake, Captain Sisko ordered Lieutenant Commander Worf to deal with Gowron. After Gowron announced plans for what would be a disastrous attack on Sarpedion V, Worf challenged his leadership and slew him in single combat. Worf then handed chancellorship of the Klingon Empire to Martok. (DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind")

Damar preaches freedom

Damar rallying popular support on Cardassia against the Dominion

Meanwhile, the Cardassian rebels had gone into hiding after losing half their forces in the assault on Rondac III. The Federation supplied replicators and weapons to the rebels, and dispatched Kira Nerys (newly commissioned as a Starfleet commander), Garak, and Odo to Damar to train his troops in guerrilla tactics. (DS9: "When It Rains...") With their help, the Cardassian liberation successfully carried out a number of sabotage attacks on Dominion targets, and was able to deliver an intact Breen energy-dampening weapon to the Allies. (DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind") Unfortunately their success was short-lived, as Gul Revok's treachery allowed the Dominion to find and destroy all eighteen rebel bases. (DS9: "The Dogs of War") Damar, Kira, and Garak took refuge on Cardassia Prime after the end of the military rebellion. There, they learned that Damar's brief but effective campaign had left quite an impression on the Cardassian people. After bombing a Jem'Hadar barracks, Damar was able to rally the Cardassian civilian population into overt resistance against the Dominion.

End of the warEdit

Although the Cardassian rebellion had ostensibly been crushed, the development of a countermeasure to the Breen energy dampening weapon by the Allies again put the Dominion at a disadvantage. Consequently, the Female Changeling ordered all Dominion forces to withdraw from all occupied territories and establish a new fortified defense perimeter within Cardassian space. The hope was that the Federation Alliance would balk at cost of breaching the perimeter, giving the Dominion time to rebuild. While the prospect of containing the Dominion within its present borders was discussed among the Allies, Captain Sisko, Chancellor Martok, and other commanders successfully argued that the Dominion must not be allowed a respite due to its superior shipbuilding and troop recruitment capabilities. Instead, the Federation Alliance committed to a decisive, three-pronged strike toward the heart of the Dominion in the Alpha Quadrant: Cardassia Prime. (DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind", "The Dogs of War")

Federation Alliance fleet departs DS9

The Federation Alliance fleet departs Deep Space 9 for Cardassia

The Allied invasion fleet launched from Deep Space 9 and engaged Dominion and Breen forces in the battle that would decide the war. As the battle raged, over a third of the Allied ships were destroyed, including the Romulan flagship. At the same time, in a coordinated effort Cardassian rebels sabotaged power, transportation, and communications systems across Cardassia Prime, causing a planetary blackout and cutting off Dominion Headquarters from its forces engaged with the Allied fleet. In retaliation, the Jem'Hadar annihilated Lakarian City and its two million inhabitants. Instead of quelling the rebellion, this atrocity led to the Cardassian fleet switching sides in the midst of battle. With the Cardassian military turned against them, the Dominion had no choice but to order a full retreat back to Cardassia Prime. Infuriated, the Female Changeling ordered the Cardassian puppet leadership executed and the entire Cardassian population exterminated. Jem'Hadar troops began to destroy Cardassian cities building by building, slaughtering millions.

The war was effectively lost for the Dominion, yet the Female Changeling remained unswayed in her goal of neutralizing the Alpha Quadrant powers. She ordered her Jem'Hadar and Breen forces to fight to the last, resolving to make victory so costly for the Allies that they could pose no threat to the Great Link in the Gamma Quadrant for the foreseeable future. As Federation, Klingon, Romulan, and Cardassian ships surrounded Cardassia Prime, Cardassian resistance fighters breached Dominion Headquarters, though Damar was killed in the process. Kira and Garak captured the Founder, and Odo beamed down and linked with her. Odo convinced her to surrender her forces and stand trial for war crimes, in exchange for him returning to the Great Link and saving the Founders from the morphogenic virus. (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")

Aftermath Edit

"This is a moment worth savoring. To victory! Hard fought, and well earned."
"Suddenly I'm not thirsty."
"Neither am I"

- Martok, Benjamin Sisko and William Ross, 2375
Female Changeling signs Treaty of Bajor

The Treaty of Bajor is signed, officially ending the war

The instrument of surrender, the Treaty of Bajor, was signed on Deep Space 9 only days after the Battle of Cardassia. Following the end of the war, the Dominion was forced back into the Gamma Quadrant, the Cardassian Union was in shambles, and the Klingon Empire was estimated to be set back by at least a decade. The war also prompted a change in leadership in the Klingon High Council, as Lieutenant Commander Worf killed Chancellor Gowron for squandering the Empire's resources on a political vendetta against General Martok in the final weeks of the war. Worf passed the Chancellorship onto Martok immediately after Gowron's death. (DS9: "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges", "Tacking Into the Wind", "What You Leave Behind")

Although both the Federation and the Romulan Empire suffered a heavy death toll, Section 31 operative Luther Sloan speculated that these two powers would be the ones struggling for control of a post-war Alpha Quadrant. Even before the war's end, many in both the Federation and the Romulan Empire believed that their alliance was only a temporary war-time coalition. There was concern that the Romulans would not cede worlds they liberated from the Dominion, such as Benzar, back to the Federation. By 2379, the Neutral Zone was still in effect, and serious peace talks did not begin until late that year. (DS9: "The Reckoning", "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"; Star Trek Nemesis)

Cardassia in ruins

Cardassia stands in ruins...

Foremost in the aftermath, however, was the state of Cardassia Prime. Eight hundred million civilians were dead, and the entire Cardassian Union was in danger of total collapse. The Alpha Quadrant had lost a major power, and the effects on galactic politics would continue to be seen for many years to come. (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")



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Ira Steven Behr and Ronald D. Moore were the writers most involved with the creation and development of the Dominion War. Rick Berman wanted the war to be over within three or four episodes at the most. Behr and Moore knew the series would never be able to wrap up the war in that many episodes. Berman also criticized the "depressing" and "violent" stories. Moore later said "It's a f___in' war! What do you mean it's too violent?!" [1]

Majel Barrett criticized the arc in a letter published in Star Trek Communicator, claiming that Gene Roddenberry would have never approved of a continuing war in a Star Trek series. Berman has espoused similar sentiments, noting that his opposition "was all based purely on the fact that Gene had been very specific to me about not wanting Star Trek to be a show about intergalactic wars, interspecies wars. He didn't want it to be about humans fighting wars against other species." [2] Responding to the former, Moore admitted, "She's probably right. It would've been very hard to argue Gene into going this way and maybe he'd have never gone for it. However, I would've still argued for doing the Dominion War with him and if he'd rejected it, I would've thought he was wrong. I respect Gene and his work, but I don't think he was always right and I'm not going to pretend that I do. The Dominion War has been one of the better storylines we've come up with whether Gene would've agreed or not." (AOL chat, 1999)

The Dominion War was only directly referred to on three occasions outside of Deep Space Nine: VOY: "Message in a Bottle", Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek Nemesis.

ApocryphaEdit

In Rising Son, it is revealed that the inhabitants of the Gamma Quadrant refer to the war as the "Quadrant War".

The war is frequently mentioned in Pocket Books novels and reference books, and there is also a section on it in the Star Trek: Star Charts.

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