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"I would order them to go out and kill Bajoran scum. And they'd do it – they murdered them! And they came back covered in blood. But they felt clean. Now why did they feel that way, Major? Because they were clean."
- Aamin Marritza, describing the Gallitep labor camp, while impersonating Gul Darhe'el (DS9: "Duet")

A genocide is a deliberate, systematic destruction of an ethnic, religious, or national group. It is characterized by actions against said group which are intended to destroy the group by causing the deaths of its members, in whole or part, such as:

  • Killing them outright
  • Deliberately forcing them to live under conditions calculated to cause them to die, for example, depriving them of food, imposing forced labor on them designed to kill them by exhaustion
  • Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group, for example, forced sterilization

One of the best known examples of genocide occurred during the Cardassian Occupation of Bajor. The occupation began a conquest for natural resources. The Cardassians treated the Bajorans as slave labor and interned much of the population in labor camps. However, over the course of forty years, the Cardassians' disdain for the Bajorans led to them deliberately imposing such conditions in these camps that the Bajorans interned in them quickly died. By the Occupation's end, millions of Bajorans had died in these camps, although the exact count is uncertain. (DS9: "Duet")

Other examples of genocide Edit

Cardassia in ruins

Cardassia Prime after the Dominion's genocide attempt

According to writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the 10,000 figure was only the number of survivors from the planet, not a total figure for the species. [1]
  • A year later in the same reality, Spock accused Khan of committing this offense against what he perceived as genetically inferior peoples. (Star Trek Into Darkness)
  • In the 2260s, the inhabitants of the planet Cheron exterminated each other in genocidal warfare. (TOS: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield")
  • Sometime between 2222 and 2372, the Pralor and Cravic races were exterminated by the Automated Personnel Units they had constructed to fight their war for them. (VOY: "Prototype")
  • In 2286, the Klingon ambassador accused Admiral James T. Kirk of planning the annihilation of the Klingon people. In a tirade before the Federation Council, the ambassador stated, as the Federation and the Klingon Empire were negotiating for peace, Kirk secretly developed the Genesis Device. This device was conceived by David Marcus, the admiral's son, and detonated by the admiral. The creation of this detonation, the planet Genesis, would be used as a base from which the admiral would launch a genocidal campaign against the Klingons. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
  • In 2366 a Douwd who appeared as a Human named Kevin Uxbridge admitted to annihilating the entire Husnock race in a moment of grief and rage after one of their ships destroyed the colony on Delta Rana IV, killing Uxbridge's wife Rishon. (TNG: "The Survivors")
  • In the mid 24th century the Enarans committed genocide on a population group called the Regressives. The general Enaran population despised the Regressives for living an alternative partially technology free lifestyle. They systematically herded them into camps at first, restricting their rights and movements. Then later they forcibly began "relocating" them to a "colony" where they would be able to live as they chose freely. The relocation was a farce meant to soothe the Regressives into a false sense of safety and also to hide the real purpose of the effort to the Enaran population. The truth was that the ships which supposedly took the Regressives to their new colony did not actually go anywhere, it would simply vaporize the Regressives in the cargo hold. Dissidents and those that refused to be relocated were swiftly executed to silence them. Later the Enarans hid all evidence of the genocide, even blaming the Regressives themselves for their death by saying that they all died from a plague caused by their poor hygiene. Later generations of Enarans had no knowledge of the genocide. Some of the older people attempted to reveal the truth surrounding the fate of Regressives but risked being murdered by doing so. (VOY: "Remember")
  • Near the end of the Dominion War, Doctor Julian Bashir discovered that a group within Starfleet Intelligence, known as Section 31, was responsible for creating the morphogenic virus which was ravaging the Founders, including Odo. Section 31 had infected Odo so he would act as a carrier and infect other Changelings when he linked with them. However, Bashir and Chief Miles O'Brien lured Section 31 agent Luther Sloan to Deep Space 9 and obtained the cure for the disease by entering Sloan's mind, saving not only Odo's life but also his entire species. (DS9: "Extreme Measures")
  • In late 2375, the Female Changeling ordered Dominion troops to exterminate the entire population of Cardassia Prime. Odo managed to convince her to rescind the order but not before more than eight hundred million men, women and children were killed. (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")
  • In 2371 in an alternate timeline Klingon sisters Lursa and B'Etor of the House of Duras and the El-Aurian scientist Dr. Tolian Soran destroyed Veridian IV in order to change the path of the Nexus killing the two hundred and thirty million inhabitants of the planet. (Star Trek Generations)
  • In an alternate 2374, Chakotay told Annorax that by characterizing the erasure of the Ram Izad as insignificant, he was rationalizing genocide. (VOY: "Year of Hell, Part II")

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