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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 />
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:[[Treaty of Bajor]]<br/><br/>''Status quo ante bellum''<br/><br/>Collapse of the Cardassian Union<br/><br/>Permanent withdrawal of Dominion forces to the Gamma Quadrant<br/><br/>Beginning of Federation-Romulan Cold War
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:[[Federation]]<br />[[Klingon Empire|Klingon&nbsp;Empire]]<br />[[Romulan Empire|Romulan Star Empire]] (2374)<br />[[Bajoran Provisional Government|Bajor]] (2374)<br />[[Cardassian Liberation Front]] (2375)<br /> [[Cardassian Union]] (2375)
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| commander1 = [[William Ross]]<br />[[Benjamin Sisko]]<br />[[Martok]]<br/>[[Gowron]]&dagger;<br/>[[Neral]]<br>[[Kimara Cretak]]<br/>[[Letant]]<br/>[[Velal]]<br/>[[Shinzon|Shinzon of Remus]]<br/>[[Shakaar Edon]]<br/>[[Kira Nerys]]<br/>[[Damar]]&dagger;
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| combatant2 = '''[[Dominion-Breen Alliance]]'''
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:[[Dominion|The Dominion]]<br />[[Cardassian Union|Cardassian&nbsp;Union]] (2373-2375)<br />[[Breen Confederacy|Breen&nbsp;Confederacy]] (2375)<br />[[Son'a]]
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| commander2 = [[Changeling|The Founders]]<br />[[Weyoun]]&dagger;<br/>[[Dukat]]<br/>[[Damar]]&dagger; ([[Cardassian Liberation Front|rebelled]])<br/>[[Broca]]&dagger;<br/>[[Gor]]<br/>[[Pran]]
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| strength2 = Thousands of ships
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| losses2 = '''Cardassian''':<br/>7 million troops killed<br/>800 million civilians killed<br/><br/>Unknown Jem'Hadar and Breen losses, though likely very heavy
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| style="border-left:1px solid #aaa; padding-left: 0.25em; width:50%; horizontal-align:center; text-align:center;" |[[File:Cardassian Union logo.png|70px|center|Cardassian Union]]
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| style="border-right:1px solid #aaa; width:50%; horizontal-align:center; text-align:center;" |[[File:Romulan Star Empire logo.svg|125px|center|Romulan Star Empire]]
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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 major interstellar conflict, fought from [[2373]] to [[2375]], though related conflicts began earlier. The war involved all major powers of the [[Alpha Quadrant|Alpha]] and [[Gamma Quadrant|Gamma Quadrants]], formed into two opposing military alliances; the [[Federation Alliance]] and the [[Dominion-Breen Alliance]]. Marked by massive civilian casualties, including the [[Battle of Cardassia|Jem'Hadar bombardment of Cardassia]] (in which approximately 800 million Cardassians were killed), and the mobilisation of military fleets on a scale never seen prior, it was one of the bloodiest and most destructive wars in galactic history.
   
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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Though the Dominion had been attacking [[Alpha Quadrant]] shipping since the destruction of the [[Starfleet]] vessel [[USS Odyssey|''Odyssey'']]'' ''in [[2370]], the war proper is accepted to have begun with a Dominion [[Second Battle of Deep Space 9|attack on Deep Space 9]], after a series of calculated steps to [[Dominion cold war|destabilise the political landscape]] of the Alpha Quadrant. From late-[[2373]] to mid-[[2374]], after a relatively sluggish start, the Dominion rapidly conquered vast swathes of Federation and Klingon territory. In mid-2374, Allied forces [[Operation Return|recaptured Deep Space 9]], boosting flagging morale, compelling the Dominion to temporarily withdraw to Cardassian space.
   
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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The Dominion rapidly recovered and launched a second campaign, [[Battle of Betazed|conquering Betazed]] and seriously threatening the core Federation worlds of [[Vulcan]], [[Andoria]], [[Tellar Prime]] and [[Alpha Centauri]]. After the death of [[Senator]] [[Vreenak]], apparently at the hands of the Dominion, the [[Romulan Star Empire]] declared war on the Dominion in late 2374, tipping the balance of the war in the Alliance's favour.
   
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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Allied forces [[First Battle of Chin'toka|launched a joint invasion of Cardassian space]] in late-2374, capturing the Chin'toka system, although the invasion failed to lead to a general assault on Cardassia. Allied forces continued to push into Cardassian space, and in [[2375]], [[Klingon]] forces destroyed the [[Eleventh Order|Cardassian 11th Order]] on [[Invasion of Septimus III|Septimus III]]. Requiring additional manpower, the Dominion signed a treaty with the [[Breen]], and, with their aid, launched a [[Breen attack on Earth|raid on Earth]], and [[Second Battle of Chin'toka|recaptured the Chin'toka system]].
   
==Outbreak of Hostilities==
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Political instabilities within the precarious Dominion-Breen alliance, coupled with the Jem'Hadar failure to reinforce the 11th Order, the simmering tensions triggered a [[Cardassian Liberation Front|major rebellion by Cardassian military forces]]. Although the initial rebellion was rapidly quashed, Dominion treatment of the Cardassian people led to a popular uprising, rendering the Dominion position untenable, forcing a complete withdrawal from all conquered territory.
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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As the [[Dominion-Breen Alliance]] began to unravel, the Allies launched a massive invasion of Cardassian space in late [[2375]]. [[Battle of Cardassia|In the subsequent battle]], the Cardassian military rebelled, leading to the collapse of Dominion resistance. Shortly thereafter, the Dominion unconditionally surrendered to the Federation Alliance.
   
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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The war forever altered the political landscape of the [[Alpha Quadrant]]. The [[Cardassian Union]] had collapsed as a galactic power, while the hitherto elusive [[Breen]] had established themselves as a major power on the political map. The [[Klingon Defense Force]] had been set back for at least a decade, owing to the heavy losses it had suffered in prior conflicts. The [[United Federation of Planets]] and the [[Romulan Star Empire]] emerged as the two dominant rival superpowers, setting the stage for a cold war which would last until 2379.
   
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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The [[Treaty of Bajor]] formally ended the fighting in late 2375.
   
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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== Background ==
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''Main article: [[Dominion cold war|Dominion Cold War]]''
   
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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Following initial [[Alpha Quadrant]] expeditions into the [[Gamma Quadrant]], rumours began to filter through of a ruthless race of conquerors known only as "The Dominion". In [[2370]], first contact was officially made between the [[Federation]] and the [[Dominion]], when the Jem'Hadar destroyed the [[Starfleet]] vessel [[USS Odyssey|''Odyssey'']]. A state of cold war rapidly developed thereafter between several of the [[Alpha Quadrant|Alpha Quadrant's]] major powers and the Dominion. A Dominion invasion was widely regarded as inevitable, as the [[Founders]] were driven by a xenophobic need to exert absolute authority over all other civilisations. ({{DS9|The Search, Part II}})
   
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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The Dominion began to infiltrate the [[Alpha Quadrant]] with [[changelings]] masquerading as important officials, in an attempt to destabilise the fragile political landscape between the major powers. By manipulating a plan originating with [[Enabran Tain]], the Dominion destroyed the [[Obsidian Order]] and nearly crippled the [[Tal Shiar]] at the [[Battle of the Omarion Nebula]] in [[2371]]. The subsequent power vacuum left in the absence of the Obsidian Order led to a [[coup]] on [[Cardassia]], resulting in the overthrow of the [[Cardassian Central Command]] by the [[Detapa Council]].
   
==Counterattack and Victory==
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By manipulating frustrated warrior sentiments in the [[Klingon Empire]], and implanting false information that the Cardassian coup had been engineered by the Founders, the Dominion was able to trigger the [[Klingon-Cardassian War]]. The [[Federation]] condemned the Klingon invasion, leading to a severe deterioration of relations between the two powers, ultimately concluding with the [[Federation-Klingon War (2372-73)|Federation-Klingon War]].
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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Concurrently, the Dominion was almost able to instigate a war between the Federation and the [[Tzenkethi]], and caused mass hysteria on Earth following the bombing of a conference. ({{DS9|The Die is Cast|The Adversary|The Way of the Warrior|Apocalypse Rising|Homefront}})
   
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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[[File:Dominion invasion.jpg|thumb|left|The Dominion invades the Alpha Quadrant]]
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The Klingon invasion of Cardassia had all but destroyed Cardassian infrastructure. In mid-[[2373]], frustrated at the apparent cowardice of the [[Detapa Council]], and the broken state of the Cardassian people, [[Gul]] [[Dukat]] negotiated the entry of the Cardassian Union into the Dominion. Dukat himself was placed as head of the constituent Cardassian state. The Dominion rapidly began fortifying [[Cardassia]] with heavily armed convoys on a weekly basis. Within three days of their arrival, the [[Jem'Hadar]] had expelled the Klingons from Cardassian space entirely, and completely annihilated the [[Maquis]] in the [[Demilitarized Zone]]. In the face of the new Dominion foothold in the Alpha Quadrant, the Federation and the Klingons renewed the [[Khitomer Accords]]. ({{DS9|By Inferno's Light|Blaze of Glory}})
   
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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Although open war did not begin immediately, violence along the [[Cardassian border]] escalated, with ships such as the [[USS Tian An Men|''Tian An Men'']]'' ''and the [[B'Moth|''B'Moth'']]'' ''being reported missing, likely destroyed. The Dominion began making strategic political inroads in the Alpha Quadrant, signing [[nonaggression pact|non-aggression pacts]] with the [[Tholian Assembly]], the [[Miradorn]], [[Bajoran Provisional Government|Bajor]], and, perhaps most significantly, the [[Romulan Star Empire]]. With five large convoys having entered the Alpha Quadrant unopposed, the [[Federation Alliance]] realised they would soon face an impossible strategic position.
   
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 2373, the Federation decided to mine the entrance to the [[Bajoran wormhole]] with [[self-replicating mine|self-replicating mines]], in a last-ditch effort to permanently stop the flow of Dominion reinforcements into the Alpha Quadrant. Both sides knew that this act would lead to open war. ({{DS9|Soldiers of the Empire|In the Cards|Call to Arms}})
   
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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== Open 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.''"
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:- '''Benjamin Sisko''', [[Call to Arms (episode)|2373]]
   
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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Intent on preventing the Federation from completing the minefield, Weyoun arrived on [[Deep Space 9]] and delivered an ultimatum; either Sisko would remove the mines, or the Dominion would. Sisko refused the ultimatum, and, two days later, a large Dominion fleet [[Second Battle of Deep Space 9|attacked and captured Deep Space 9]]. Trusting that the minefield would be activated in time, the [[Federation Alliance]] opted not to reinforce the station, but used the opportunity to take advantage of the diverted Dominion ships to [[Torros III|destroy the Dominion shipyards at Torros III]]. Though the minefield was successfully activated, the Allies was forced to retreat from the [[Bajoran system]], and the station was subsequently garrisoned by Dominion forces. ({{DS9|Call to Arms|Behind the Lines}})[[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 following months, Allied forces were forced to retreat on all fronts in the wake of several decisively successful Dominion campaigns. At each instance, the Allies suffered catastrophic losses. During this campaign, [[Starfleet]] suffered one of its worst defeats of the war when the [[Seventh Fleet]] was dispatched to halt the Dominion's blitzkrieg advance at the [[Tyra system]]. In the subsequent battle, 98 starships were destroyed out of a fleet of 112, leaving thousands dead. Morale among the forces of the [[Federation Alliance]] plummeted, and it became a question of when, not if, the Alliance would be defeated. ({{DS9|A Time to Stand}})
   
== Notable battles of the Dominion War ==
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While the Allies suffered repeated defeats in large fleet actions, [[Starfleet]] and [[Klingon]] ships had greater success in raiding operations and in combating small patrols of Jem'Hadar ships. Such operations included the destruction of the Dominion's primary [[ketracel-white]] storage facility in the Alpha Quadrant, and the destruction of a massive Dominion [[sensor array]] in the [[Argolis Cluster]]. The Dominion began suffering a shortage of [[ketracel-white]], greatly concerning the Cardassians in particular. [[Glinn]] [[Damar]] even proposed that the last rations of white be poisoned if new supplies could not be secured, preventing the Jem'Hadar from running amok.
   
* [[Battle of Deep Space Nine]] ([[2373]])
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Nevertheless, the Dominion continued to conquer large swathes of Federation and Klingon territory, even approaching the [[Vulcan]] and [[Bolian]] systems. On Deep Space 9, efforts to dismantle the [[minefield]] surrounding the wormhole were finally beginning to bear fruit. Although Allied forces scored several minor successes in single-ship duels and in small groups, the inexorable Dominion advance compelled them to continually retreat. Morale sunk lower, with even the Klingons doubting they could defeat the Dominion. ({{DS9|Behind the Lines|Favor the Bold}})
* [[Operation Return]] ([[2374]])
 
* [[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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== Counter-offensive ==
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By the latter half of [[2374]], the Allies were perilously close to defeat. A major victory was needed, if anything to boost morale. [[Captain]] [[Benjamin Sisko]], knowing the Dominion would likely figure out how to disable the minefield, proposed to [[Starfleet Command]] the [[Federation Alliance]] had to go on the offensive. Sisko's plan was to assemble a task force to recapture Deep Space 9, the most strategically important site in the [[Alpha Quadrant]], at the mouth of the [[Bajoran wormhole|wormhole]]. Despite misgivings that it would leave [[Earth]] vulnerable, Starfleet approved the plan.
   
* [[Cardassian Rebellion]] of [[2375]]
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The Klingons proved more difficult to convince; [[Chancellor]] [[Gowron]] held the same concerns as [[Starfleet]], in committing as many ships as would be required to re-take [[Deep Space 9]], it would leave the Empire vulnerable. While [[General]] [[Martok]] and [[Lieutenant Commander]] [[Worf]] made [[Starfleet|Starfleet's]] plea to Gowron in person, Federation forces began assembling at [[Starbase 375]]. Unfortunately, Starfleet soon received intelligence from active resistance members on Deep Space 9 that the minefield was only three days from being destroyed.
* [[Massacre of Lakarian City]] on [[Cardassia Prime]] ([[2375]])
 
   
==See Also==
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With no word having arrived from the Klingons, and only two-thirds of the Starfleet force assembled, [[Vice Admiral]] [[William Ross]] authorised [[Benjamin Sisko]] to lead the 627 ships assembled in an effort to prevent the Dominion from removing the mines. In response, Dukat pulled 1,254 warships from the front lines to intercept the Federation fleet, stalling Dominion advances into Allied territory. ({{DS9|Favor the Bold}})
   
[http://www.st-minutiae.com/academy/history316/surrenderd.xhtml Dominion surrender documents]
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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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Though outnumbered two to one, [[Operation Return|Starfleet engaged the Dominion fleet]]. With the timely arrival of the Klingon forces, the Dominion lines collapsed, and the fleet dispersed. Though the [[USS Defiant (2370)|''Defiant'']] breached the lines, it was unable to prevent the destruction of the minefield. With no options remaining, Sisko took the ''Defiant'' into the wormhole, and was able to strike a bargain with the [[Prophet|Prophets]] to remove the Dominion forces to protect [[Bajor]]. 2,800 Dominion ships were destroyed in the wormhole, and with 200 Allied ships approaching [[Bajor]], the Dominion position on Deep Space 9 became untenable. The Dominion withdrew all forces to Cardassian territory, giving the Allied forces a decisive victory.
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[[Dukat]] suffered a mental breakdown at the defeat, along with the concurrent murder of his daughter, [[Tora Ziyal]], and was captured by the victorious Allied forces. [[Damar]] was subsequently promoted to [[Legate]], and succeeded him as leader of the [[Cardassian Union]]. ({{DS9|Sacrifice of Angels}})
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== Lull ==
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Following the decisive Allied victory in recapturing Deep Space 9, the Dominion forces withdrew to Cardassian space, and major operations temporarily ceased. ({{DS9|Resurrection}}) [[Legate]] [[Damar]] extended an olive branch to the [[Federation]], hoping to negotiate a cease-fire and end the war. [[Weyoun]] proposed to redraw the [[Federation-Cardassian border]] to give disputed [[star systems]] to the side with ''de facto'' control, an arrangement which generally favoured the Federation. However, a think-tank of [[genetically engineered]] individuals led by [[Julian Bashir]] deduced that the Dominion's true goal was to obtain the [[Kabrel system]]. Though strategically unimportant, the Kabrel system would enable the Federation to produce near-endless amounts of [[ketracel-white]].
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Bashir advised that the Federation accept the peace proposal; while many suspected the Dominion would renege on any agreement to buy time to re-group, the Allies were in a far greater need of a respite than the Dominion. Instead, the Federation made a counter-proposal and the talks ended inconclusively. ({{DS9|Statistical Probabilities}})
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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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Several weeks later, Dominion activity began to increase all along the border, putting lie to hopes that the Allied recapture of Deep Space 9 would signal the end of the war. Allied losses began to mount, including the destruction of the [[USS Honshu|''Honshu'']]'' ''and the ''[[USS Cortez|Cortez]]''. ({{DS9|Waltz|Far Beyond the Stars}}) In an effort to weaken the [[Treaty of Alliance|Federation-Klingon alliance]], Dominion agents established ties with the [[Orion Syndicate]] in an unsuccessful plot to instigate a Klingon Civil War by assassinating a Klingon diplomat. ({{DS9|Honor Among Thieves}})
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With the Prophets barring passage of the wormhole to ships from the Gamma Quadrant, the Dominion began breeding legions of [[Jem'Hadar]], tailoring their genetic profiles specifically for combat in the Alpha Quadrant, and pushed their shipyards to full construction capacity. ({{DS9|One Little Ship|In the Pale Moonlight|The Reckoning}}) The issue of the ketracel-white shortage crisis was eventually mitigated when the Dominion acquired new supplies manufactured by the [[Son'a]]. ({{DS9|Penumbra}}; {{film|9}})
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Having recovered from the loss of Deep Space 9, in late 2374, the Dominion launched [[Battle of Betazed|a surprise invasion of Betazed]] from the [[Kalandra sector]], overrunning the entire system and its outlying colonies in less than ten hours. With control of a key Federation member world, the Dominion had scored a decisive strategic success; it was now in a position to launch offensives against [[Vulcan]], [[Andoria]], [[Tellar Prime]] and [[Alpha Centauri]]. The [[Second Fleet]] launched three counter-attacks in just one month against Betazed; however all were repulsed. For the Federation Alliance, suffering from shortages of ships and manpower, defeat once again seemed only a matter of time. ({{DS9|In the Pale Moonlight}})
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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.''"
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:- '''Jadzia Dax''', [[In the Pale Moonlight (episode)|2374]]
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The [[Romulan Star Empire]] had hitherto remained neutral in the Dominion War, although they were turning a blind eye to Dominion warships crossing through their territory to ambush Federation convoys and shipping. [[Captain]] [[Benjamin Sisko]] reasoned that the addition of the Romulan military could prove decisive in reversing the fortunes of the Dominion. With [[Elim Garak]], and the approval of [[Starfleet Intelligence]], a covert mission was carried out to implicate the Dominion in a planned invasion of [[Romulus]], and the assassination of [[Senator]] [[Vreenak]], the most ardent pro-Dominion advocate in the [[Romulan Senate]]. From the wreckage of Vreenak's destroyed ship, the [[Tal Shiar]] recovered a recording of an alleged top-level Dominion conference bringing forward the timetabling of the invasion.
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In response, the Romulan Empire officially declared war on the Dominion. Within hours, the Romulans struck fifteen bases along the Romulan-Cardassian border, opening a second front to the war. Although progress remained slow for the allies, the Romulans drove Dominion forces off of [[Benzar]] within months of joining the war effort. During this campaign, [[Shinzon|Shinzon of Remus]] distinguished himself in the [[Romulan military]], having led twelve major engagements against the Jem'Hadar, all of them successful. ({{DS9|In the Pale Moonlight|The Reckoning}}, {{film|10}})
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The Federation, desperate for additional support, continued to extend diplomatic ties to neighbouring species. In 2374, the [[Federation Council]] conveyed an official diplomatic message to [[Grand Nagus]] [[Zek]] of the [[Ferengi Alliance]], which [[Jake Sisko]] speculated was a proposal for opening of formal relations between the two powers. In [[2375]], 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}})
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[[File:Federation Alliance fleet.jpg|thumb|The Federation Alliance takes the Chin'toka system in 2374]]
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With the Romulans now fully committed to the [[Federation Alliance]], options for a general offensive into Cardassian territory became a viable possibility. The Romulans had reservations that such an attack could succeed only at horrendous cost, favouring to contain the Dominion within Cardassian space. However, [[Benjamin Sisko]] convinced the delegation that the only course to victory was to destroy the Dominion's industrial infrastructure. The Allies agreed they would commit their efforts to the [[Chin'toka system]], its defences having recently been thinned to provide additional support for the Romulan front.
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In late 2374, the Federation Alliance launched their [[First Battle of Chin'toka|first offensive into Cardassian space]], capturing Chin'toka after a hard fight. ({{DS9|Tears of the Prophets}}) Although the planned attack against [[Cardassia]] itself was not realised, owing to heavy losses taking Chin'toka, the successful invasion was a tremendous boost to Allied morale. The Allied hold on Chin'toka was tenuous at best; the system remained under almost constant attack, making it extremely difficult to reinforce the garrisoned forces. Further offensives were bloodily repulsed; a Klingon fleet lost thirty percent of its strength attacking [[Monac IV]]. ({{DS9|Image in the Sand|The Siege of AR-558}})
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On other fronts, the Allies enjoyed greater success. [[Elim Garak]] began working for [[Starfleet]] in an unofficial capacity breaking Cardassian military codes; one such breach enabled the Alliles to retake the [[Kalandra system]] from the Dominion. ({{DS9|Afterimage|The Emperor's New Cloak}}) While the Allies consolidated their new front, [[General]] [[Martok]] launched a deep penetration raid into Cardassian space that severely damaged several key military targets. ({{DS9|Once More Unto the Breach}})
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In early [[2375]], the Federation learned of a development that would ultimately help determine the course of the war: a deadly [[morphogenic virus]] had infected the [[Great Link]]. Despite the Dominion's technological prowess, they were unable to find a cure, and it was determined it would only be a matter of time before the [[Founders]] would die. ({{DS9|Treachery, Faith and the Great River}}) It would be later discovered that the virus had been engineered by [[Section 31]], a rogue branch of [[Starfleet Intelligence]]. Although [[Julian Bashir]] did find a cure, the [[Federation Council]] decided to withhold it from the Dominion for strategic concerns. Some protested this act as abetting [[genocide]]. ({{DS9|Extreme Measures|The Dogs of War}})
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== Cardassian rebellion ==
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"''Legate Damar may be the key to saving the Alpha Quadrant.''"
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:- '''Benjamin Sisko''', [[The Changing Face of Evil (episode)|2375]]
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Meanwhile, the Alliance's slowly encroaching front-line had begun to seriously strain relations in the precarious Dominion-Cardassian alliance. The [[Founders]] and their [[Vorta]] underlings tended to rest blame upon the [[Cardassian military]] for the failings of the [[Jem'Hadar]] in battle, an accusation that [[Legate]] [[Damar]] found particularly galling. With Dominion xenophobia clashing with Cardassian pride, many Cardassian soldiers grew distrustful and resentful of the Dominion, while the Dominion continued to erode Cardassian autonomy.
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Seeking to rescue the war effort, in mid [[2375]], the Dominion conducted secret negotiations with the elusive [[Breen Confederacy]] to propose a military alliance; negotiations which the Cardassians were not privy to. The Dominion granted the [[Breen]] unspecified Cardassian territorial concessions in exchange, concessions which [[Legate]] [[Damar]] had neither seen nor agreed to. His objections were summarily overruled. ({{DS9|Penumbra|'Til Death Do Us Part}})
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Damar grew concerned with further Allied advances, specifically the garrison of the [[Eleventh Order]] on [[Septimus III]], which would fall without [[Jem'Hadar]] assistance. The Dominion refused to render aid, regarding it as an acceptable sacrifice. The Klingons subsequently invaded the planet and massacred the garrison. This action 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 Confederacy]] entered the war in late [[2375]] with [[Breen attack on Earth|a bold raid on Starfleet Headquarters]], sending shock waves through the Alliance. Able to now mobilise a large fleet to hazard out offensive operations, the [[Dominion-Breen Alliance]] launched a [[Second Battle of Chin'toka|massive counter-attack against the Chin'toka system]]. The battle would prove to be the worst Allied defeat of the entire war; of the 312 ships engaged, all but one were destroyed. However, they could not press their advantage, as soon after, the [[Cardassian Liberation Front]] attacked the Dominion military installations on [[Rondac III]], diverting vital resources from the front. ({{DS9|The Changing Face of Evil}})
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The only Allied warship to escape the Breen [[Energy dissipator|energy dissipators]] at Chin'toka was a Klingon warship, the ''[[Ki'tang]]'', owing to a chance modification of the ship's propulsion matrix. [[General]] [[Martok]] ordered the modifications across the entire Klingon fleet, and had 1,500 warships ready for deployment the following day. With the [[Federation]] and [[Romulan]] fleets effectively useless in the interim until a countermeasure could be developed, the Klingons were left with the daunting task of holding the front-line against the [[Dominion-Breen Alliance]]. ({{DS9|When It Rains...}})
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However, the Allied defensive efforts were soon jeopardised by [[Chancellor]] [[Gowron]], whose political position had become threatened by [[Martok|Martok's]] popularity in the Empire. Gowron took direct command of the Klingon fleet and repeatedly ordered Martok on hopeless attacks, intending for him to be killed or disgraced. With the safety of the [[Alpha Quadrant]] at stake, [[Benjamin Sisko]] ordered [[Lieutenant Commander]] [[Worf]] to deal with Gowron. Worf directly challenged his leadership, and slew him in single combat. Worf then proclaimed [[General]] [[Martok]] as the next [[Chancellor of the Klingon High Council]]. ({{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 [[Federation Alliance]] saw a strategic opportunity in the [[Cardassian Liberation Front|Cardassian rebellion]] to keep the [[Dominion-Breen Alliance]] constantly off-balance. The Federation supplied [[replicator|replicators]], [[phaser|weapons]] and food supplies to the rebels, and dispatched [[Kira Nerys]] to train Damar's troops in guerrilla tactics. ({{DS9|When It Rains...}})
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The Cardassian rebels began carrying out a number of sabotaging attacks on Dominion ships and military installations, and was able to deliver a functioning Breen energy-dissipator to the Allied forces. ({{DS9|Tacking Into the Wind}}) Unfortunately, however, the success of Damar's revolt was short-lived. [[Gul]] [[Revok]], a prominent soldier in the [[Cardassian Liberation Front|Liberation Front]], betrayed them to the Dominion. [[Jem'Hadar]] and [[Breen]] ships rapidly destroyed all eighteen rebel bases, ending the organised resistance against the Founders' rule. ({{DS9|The Dogs of War}})
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==Invasion of Cardassia==
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Although the [[Cardassian Liberation Front|Cardassian military rebellion]] had ostensibly been crushed, [[Starfleet]] and [[Romulan]] engineers were able to develop a countermeasure to the Breen energy dissipator, thus denying the Dominion their one major tactical advantage over the Allies. Facing a renewed counter-offensive on a wide front, the Dominion-Breen forces withdrew from all conquered territories and established a fortified perimeter within Cardassian space. Their hope was that the Allies would baulk at the cost of breaching the perimeter, giving the Dominion time to rebuild.
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While containing the Dominion within its present borders was a tempting move, the senior Allied commanders argued the Dominion could not be afforded any respite. Instead, the Allies would mobilise all their available ships to launch a single, decisive strike against the heart of Dominion power in the Alpha Quadrant: [[Cardassia]]. ({{DS9|Tacking Into the Wind|The Dogs of War}})
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[[File:Federation Alliance fleet departs DS9.jpg|thumb|left|The Federation Alliance fleet departs Deep Space 9 for Cardassia]]
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On Cardassia itself, the remnants of the resistance had not been idle. The bold revolt, though ultimately defeated, had left a scintillating impression upon the Cardassian people. Buoyed with this knowledge, [[Damar]], [[Garak]] and [[Kira Nerys]] successfully bombed a [[Jem'Hadar]] barracks, rallying the civilian population into a popular uprising against the Dominion.
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Meanwhile, the Allied fleet crossed into Dominion space and [[Battle of Cardassia|engaged the Dominion-Breen forces in battle]]. Concurrently, popular revolt on Cardassia sabotaged the planet's power grid, cutting off transportation and communication systems, causing a planetary blackout. The fleet defending Cardassia was completely cut off from [[Dominion Headquarters]]. In retaliation, hoping to discourage further attacks, the [[Jem'Hadar]] destroyed [[Lakarian City]], killing two million civilians. Instead, it had the opposite effect; the [[Cardassian military]] abrogated their alliance, fracturing the Dominion lines, forcing it to retreat. Infuriated, the [[Founders]] ordered the [[Jem'Hadar]] to exterminate the Cardassian population.
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[[File:Cardassia in ruins.jpg|thumb|Cardassia Prime lies in ruins at the hands of the Jem'Hadar]]
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While the Jem'Hadar rampaged across the planet, the Dominion-Breen fleets in orbit of [[Cardassia]] were ordered to fight to the death, ensuring only a pyrrhic Allied victory. As the Allies laid siege to Cardassia, rebels breached Dominion Headquarters, capturing the Founder. [[Odo]] convinced the Founder to surrender rather than fight; in exchange he would return to and cure the [[Great Link]] of the [[morphogenic virus]]. The Founder agreed, and the Dominion forces surrendered; the first time it had ever done so in battle. ({{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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"''Neither am I''"
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:- '''Martok''', '''Benjamin Sisko''' and '''William Ross''', [[What You Leave Behind (episode)|2375]]
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[[File:Female Changeling signs Treaty of Bajor.jpg|thumb|The Treaty of Bajor is signed on Deep Space 9, officially ending the war]]
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The instrument of surrender, the [[Treaty of Bajor]], was signed on Deep Space 9 between representatives of the [[Federation Alliance]] and the [[Dominion-Breen Alliance]] several days after the surrender at Cardassia. The treaty stipulated the Dominion would affect a complete military withdrawal to the [[Gamma Quadrant]], while Alpha Quadrant territories were reverted to their boundaries as of [[stardate]] 50564.0, just prior to the Dominion's initial incursion into the Alpha Quadrant. ({{DS9|What You Leave Behind}})
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In its wake, the war completely shifted the power dynamics of the Alpha Quadrant. The Cardassian Union had all but collapsed as a major power in the quadrant; eight hundred million civilians had been killed by the Jem'Hadar in mere hours, as well as over seven million troops, severely damaging the [[Cardassian military]] and all but destroying industrial infrastructure. The [[Breen Confederacy]], a hitherto elusive race with little external contact had emerged and established themselves as a major military power.
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The [[Klingon Defense Force]] having suffered heavy casualties in the [[Klingon-Cardassian War]] prior had been set back for at least a decade. The [[Romulan Star Empire]] rescinded diplomatic ties following the war, and entered into a nascent power struggle for influence against the [[United Federation of Planets]]. This cold war would last until [[2379]], when a coup led by noted Dominion War commander [[Shinzon|Shinzon of Remus]] led to [[Battle in the Bassen Rift|a brief conflict]]. ({{DS9|Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges|What You Leave Behind}}; {{film|10}}){{clear}}{{Dominion War battles}}
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== Appendices ==
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=== Background information ===
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[[File:Dominion War Treaty.jpg|thumb|The cease-fire treaty prop]]
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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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[[Armin Shimerman]] had hoped to have seen the [[Ferengi]] involved more in the Dominion War arc. Shimerman commented: "''It would have been very interesting to see how people made profits off of wars, to see a black market during the war, to see how the Ferengi, who were basically neutral during the war, behaved. We did a bit of that but we didn't delve into that as much as we could have''". ("The Once and Future Ferengi: Armin Shimerman Reflects on Quark", [[Star Trek: Communicator issue 130|''Star Trek Communicator'', issue 130]])
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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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[[Bjo Trimble]] commented: "''I feel that Gene might have come to like DS9, had he lived to see it. There might have been some changes. Majel recently said that GR would have hated the war in DS9, but frankly I am amazed that she cannot see the same theme in much of what Gene did, including his recent "discovery" of ''Earth: Final Conflict''. The only reason there were not full battles in early Trek is lack of funds to pull it off, and lack of technology to show it. Otherwise, GR would certainly have added it; he knew what audiences liked. I don't know about Voyager; I can't see where it's going, and I don't feel GR would have liked that. I don't think he would have liked the last couple of movies; they were very far removed from the Trek Gene came up with''". [http://www.trekplace.com/bjotrimble.html]
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The Dominion War was 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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===Apocrypha===
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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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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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==== Novels ====
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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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==== Video games ====
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* ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Dominion Wars]]''
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=== See also ===
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*[[Starships in the Dominion War]]
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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
Treaty of Bajor

Status quo ante bellum

Collapse of the Cardassian Union

Permanent withdrawal of Dominion forces to the Gamma Quadrant

Beginning of Federation-Romulan Cold War
Belligerents
Federation Alliance
Federation
Klingon Empire
Romulan Star Empire (2374)
Bajor (2374)
Cardassian Liberation Front (2375)
Cardassian Union (2375)
Dominion-Breen Alliance
The Dominion
Cardassian Union (2373-2375)
Breen Confederacy (2375)
Son'a
Notable commanders
William Ross
Benjamin Sisko
Martok
Gowron
Neral
Kimara Cretak
Letant
Velal
Shinzon of Remus
Shakaar Edon
Kira Nerys
Damar
The Founders
Weyoun
Dukat
Damar† (rebelled)
Broca
Gor
Pran
Strength
Thousands of ships Thousands of ships
Casualties and losses
Extremely heavy Cardassian:
7 million troops killed
800 million civilians killed

Unknown Jem'Hadar and Breen losses, though likely very heavy
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 major interstellar conflict, fought from 2373 to 2375, though related conflicts began earlier. The war involved all major powers of the Alpha and Gamma Quadrants, formed into two opposing military alliances; the Federation Alliance and the Dominion-Breen Alliance. Marked by massive civilian casualties, including the Jem'Hadar bombardment of Cardassia (in which approximately 800 million Cardassians were killed), and the mobilisation of military fleets on a scale never seen prior, it was one of the bloodiest and most destructive wars in galactic history.

Though the Dominion had been attacking Alpha Quadrant shipping since the destruction of the Starfleet vessel Odyssey in 2370, the war proper is accepted to have begun with a Dominion attack on Deep Space 9, after a series of calculated steps to destabilise the political landscape of the Alpha Quadrant. From late-2373 to mid-2374, after a relatively sluggish start, the Dominion rapidly conquered vast swathes of Federation and Klingon territory. In mid-2374, Allied forces recaptured Deep Space 9, boosting flagging morale, compelling the Dominion to temporarily withdraw to Cardassian space.

The Dominion rapidly recovered and launched a second campaign, conquering Betazed and seriously threatening the core Federation worlds of Vulcan, Andoria, Tellar Prime and Alpha Centauri. After the death of Senator Vreenak, apparently at the hands of the Dominion, the Romulan Star Empire declared war on the Dominion in late 2374, tipping the balance of the war in the Alliance's favour.

Allied forces launched a joint invasion of Cardassian space in late-2374, capturing the Chin'toka system, although the invasion failed to lead to a general assault on Cardassia. Allied forces continued to push into Cardassian space, and in 2375, Klingon forces destroyed the Cardassian 11th Order on Septimus III. Requiring additional manpower, the Dominion signed a treaty with the Breen, and, with their aid, launched a raid on Earth, and recaptured the Chin'toka system.

Political instabilities within the precarious Dominion-Breen alliance, coupled with the Jem'Hadar failure to reinforce the 11th Order, the simmering tensions triggered a major rebellion by Cardassian military forces. Although the initial rebellion was rapidly quashed, Dominion treatment of the Cardassian people led to a popular uprising, rendering the Dominion position untenable, forcing a complete withdrawal from all conquered territory.

As the Dominion-Breen Alliance began to unravel, the Allies launched a massive invasion of Cardassian space in late 2375. In the subsequent battle, the Cardassian military rebelled, leading to the collapse of Dominion resistance. Shortly thereafter, the Dominion unconditionally surrendered to the Federation Alliance.

The war forever altered the political landscape of the Alpha Quadrant. The Cardassian Union had collapsed as a galactic power, while the hitherto elusive Breen had established themselves as a major power on the political map. The Klingon Defense Force had been set back for at least a decade, owing to the heavy losses it had suffered in prior conflicts. The United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Star Empire emerged as the two dominant rival superpowers, setting the stage for a cold war which would last until 2379.

The Treaty of Bajor formally ended the fighting in late 2375.

Background Edit

Main article: Dominion Cold War

Following initial Alpha Quadrant expeditions into the Gamma Quadrant, rumours began to filter through of a ruthless race of conquerors known only as "The Dominion". In 2370, first contact was officially made between the Federation and the Dominion, when the Jem'Hadar destroyed the Starfleet vessel Odyssey. A state of cold war rapidly developed thereafter between several of the Alpha Quadrant's major powers and the Dominion. A Dominion invasion was widely regarded as inevitable, as the Founders were driven by a xenophobic need to exert absolute authority over all other civilisations. (DS9: "The Search, Part II")

The Dominion began to infiltrate the Alpha Quadrant with changelings masquerading as important officials, in an attempt to destabilise the fragile political landscape between the major powers. By manipulating a plan originating with Enabran Tain, the Dominion destroyed the Obsidian Order and nearly crippled the Tal Shiar at the Battle of the Omarion Nebula in 2371. The subsequent power vacuum left in the absence of the Obsidian Order led to a coup on Cardassia, resulting in the overthrow of the Cardassian Central Command by the Detapa Council.

By manipulating frustrated warrior sentiments in the Klingon Empire, and implanting false information that the Cardassian coup had been engineered by the Founders, the Dominion was able to trigger the Klingon-Cardassian War. The Federation condemned the Klingon invasion, leading to a severe deterioration of relations between the two powers, ultimately concluding with the Federation-Klingon War.

Concurrently, the Dominion was almost able to instigate a war between the Federation and the Tzenkethi, and caused mass hysteria on Earth following the bombing of a conference. (DS9: "The Die is Cast", "The Adversary", "The Way of the Warrior", "Apocalypse Rising", "Homefront")

Dominion invasion

The Dominion invades the Alpha Quadrant

The Klingon invasion of Cardassia had all but destroyed Cardassian infrastructure. In mid-2373, frustrated at the apparent cowardice of the Detapa Council, and the broken state of the Cardassian people, Gul Dukat negotiated the entry of the Cardassian Union into the Dominion. Dukat himself was placed as head of the constituent Cardassian state. The Dominion rapidly began fortifying Cardassia with heavily armed convoys on a weekly basis. Within three days of their arrival, the Jem'Hadar had expelled the Klingons from Cardassian space entirely, and completely annihilated the Maquis in the Demilitarized Zone. In the face of the new Dominion foothold in the Alpha Quadrant, the Federation and the Klingons renewed the Khitomer Accords. (DS9: "By Inferno's Light", "Blaze of Glory")

Although open war did not begin immediately, violence along the Cardassian border escalated, with ships such as the Tian An Men and the B'Moth being reported missing, likely destroyed. The Dominion began making strategic political inroads in the Alpha Quadrant, signing non-aggression pacts with the Tholian Assembly, the Miradorn, Bajor, and, perhaps most significantly, the Romulan Star Empire. With five large convoys having entered the Alpha Quadrant unopposed, the Federation Alliance realised they would soon face an impossible strategic position.

In late 2373, the Federation decided to mine the entrance to the Bajoran wormhole with self-replicating mines, in a last-ditch effort to permanently stop the flow of Dominion reinforcements into the Alpha Quadrant. Both sides knew that this act would lead to open war. (DS9: "Soldiers of the Empire", "In the Cards", "Call to Arms")

Open war begins Edit

Dominion fires

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
Intent on preventing the Federation from completing the minefield, Weyoun arrived on Deep Space 9 and delivered an ultimatum; either Sisko would remove the mines, or the Dominion would. Sisko refused the ultimatum, and, two days later, a large Dominion fleet attacked and captured Deep Space 9. Trusting that the minefield would be activated in time, the Federation Alliance opted not to reinforce the station, but used the opportunity to take advantage of the diverted Dominion ships to destroy the Dominion shipyards at Torros III. Though the minefield was successfully activated, the Allies was forced to retreat from the Bajoran system, and the station was subsequently garrisoned by Dominion forces. (DS9: "Call to Arms", "Behind the Lines")
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Dukat and Weyoun discuss the evidently imminent Dominion victory over the Federation

Over the following months, Allied forces were forced to retreat on all fronts in the wake of several decisively successful Dominion campaigns. At each instance, the Allies suffered catastrophic losses. During this campaign, Starfleet suffered one of its worst defeats of the war when the Seventh Fleet was dispatched to halt the Dominion's blitzkrieg advance at the Tyra system. In the subsequent battle, 98 starships were destroyed out of a fleet of 112, leaving thousands dead. Morale among the forces of the Federation Alliance plummeted, and it became a question of when, not if, the Alliance would be defeated. (DS9: "A Time to Stand")

While the Allies suffered repeated defeats in large fleet actions, Starfleet and Klingon ships had greater success in raiding operations and in combating small patrols of Jem'Hadar ships. Such operations included the destruction of the Dominion's primary ketracel-white storage facility in the Alpha Quadrant, and the destruction of a massive Dominion sensor array in the Argolis Cluster. The Dominion began suffering a shortage of ketracel-white, greatly concerning the Cardassians in particular. Glinn Damar even proposed that the last rations of white be poisoned if new supplies could not be secured, preventing the Jem'Hadar from running amok.

Nevertheless, the Dominion continued to conquer large swathes of Federation and Klingon territory, even approaching the Vulcan and Bolian systems. On Deep Space 9, efforts to dismantle the minefield surrounding the wormhole were finally beginning to bear fruit. Although Allied forces scored several minor successes in single-ship duels and in small groups, the inexorable Dominion advance compelled them to continually retreat. Morale sunk lower, with even the Klingons doubting they could defeat the Dominion. (DS9: "Behind the Lines", "Favor the Bold")

Counter-offensive Edit

By the latter half of 2374, the Allies were perilously close to defeat. A major victory was needed, if anything to boost morale. Captain Benjamin Sisko, knowing the Dominion would likely figure out how to disable the minefield, proposed to Starfleet Command the Federation Alliance had to go on the offensive. Sisko's plan was to assemble a task force to recapture Deep Space 9, the most strategically important site in the Alpha Quadrant, at the mouth of the wormhole. Despite misgivings that it would leave Earth vulnerable, Starfleet approved the plan.

The Klingons proved more difficult to convince; Chancellor Gowron held the same concerns as Starfleet, in committing as many ships as would be required to re-take Deep Space 9, it would leave the Empire vulnerable. While General Martok and Lieutenant Commander Worf made Starfleet's plea to Gowron in person, Federation forces began assembling at Starbase 375. Unfortunately, Starfleet soon received intelligence from active resistance members on Deep Space 9 that the minefield was only three days from being destroyed.

With no word having arrived from the Klingons, and only two-thirds of the Starfleet force assembled, Vice Admiral William Ross authorised Benjamin Sisko to lead the 627 ships assembled in an effort to prevent the Dominion from removing the mines. In response, Dukat pulled 1,254 warships from the front lines to intercept the Federation fleet, stalling Dominion advances into Allied territory. (DS9: "Favor the Bold")

Klingon fleet, Sacrifice of Angels

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

Though outnumbered two to one, Starfleet engaged the Dominion fleet. With the timely arrival of the Klingon forces, the Dominion lines collapsed, and the fleet dispersed. Though the Defiant breached the lines, it was unable to prevent the destruction of the minefield. With no options remaining, Sisko took the Defiant into the wormhole, and was able to strike a bargain with the Prophets to remove the Dominion forces to protect Bajor. 2,800 Dominion ships were destroyed in the wormhole, and with 200 Allied ships approaching Bajor, the Dominion position on Deep Space 9 became untenable. The Dominion withdrew all forces to Cardassian territory, giving the Allied forces a decisive victory.

Dukat suffered a mental breakdown at the defeat, along with the concurrent murder of his daughter, Tora Ziyal, and was captured by the victorious Allied forces. Damar was subsequently promoted to Legate, and succeeded him as leader of the Cardassian Union. (DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels")

Lull Edit

Following the decisive Allied victory in recapturing Deep Space 9, the Dominion forces withdrew to Cardassian space, and major operations temporarily ceased. (DS9: "Resurrection") Legate Damar extended an olive branch to the Federation, hoping to negotiate a cease-fire and end the war. Weyoun proposed to redraw the Federation-Cardassian border to give disputed star systems to the side with de facto control, an arrangement which generally favoured the Federation. However, a think-tank of genetically engineered individuals led by Julian Bashir deduced that the Dominion's true goal was to obtain the Kabrel system. Though strategically unimportant, the Kabrel system would enable the Federation to produce near-endless amounts of ketracel-white.

Bashir advised that the Federation accept the peace proposal; while many suspected the Dominion would renege on any agreement to buy time to re-group, the Allies were in a far greater need of a respite than the Dominion. Instead, the Federation made a counter-proposal and the talks ended inconclusively. (DS9: "Statistical Probabilities")

Kudaketan

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

Several weeks later, Dominion activity began to increase all along the border, putting lie to hopes that the Allied recapture of Deep Space 9 would signal the end of the war. Allied losses began to mount, including the destruction of the Honshu and the Cortez. (DS9: "Waltz", "Far Beyond the Stars") In an effort to weaken the Federation-Klingon alliance, Dominion agents established ties with the Orion Syndicate in an unsuccessful plot to instigate a Klingon Civil War by assassinating a Klingon diplomat. (DS9: "Honor Among Thieves")

With the Prophets barring passage of the wormhole to ships from the Gamma Quadrant, the Dominion began breeding legions of Jem'Hadar, tailoring their genetic profiles specifically for combat in the Alpha Quadrant, and pushed their shipyards to full construction capacity. (DS9: "One Little Ship", "In the Pale Moonlight", "The Reckoning") The issue of the ketracel-white shortage crisis was eventually mitigated when the Dominion acquired new supplies manufactured by the Son'a. (DS9: "Penumbra"; Star Trek: Insurrection)

Having recovered from the loss of Deep Space 9, in late 2374, the Dominion launched a surprise invasion of Betazed from the Kalandra sector, overrunning the entire system and its outlying colonies in less than ten hours. With control of a key Federation member world, the Dominion had scored a decisive strategic success; it was now in a position to launch offensives against Vulcan, Andoria, Tellar Prime and Alpha Centauri. The Second Fleet launched three counter-attacks in just one month against Betazed; however all were repulsed. For the Federation Alliance, suffering from shortages of ships and manpower, defeat once again seemed only a matter of time. (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 hitherto remained neutral in the Dominion War, although they were turning a blind eye to Dominion warships crossing through their territory to ambush Federation convoys and shipping. Captain Benjamin Sisko reasoned that the addition of the Romulan military could prove decisive in reversing the fortunes of the Dominion. With Elim Garak, and the approval of Starfleet Intelligence, a covert mission was carried out to implicate the Dominion in a planned invasion of Romulus, and the assassination of Senator Vreenak, the most ardent pro-Dominion advocate in the Romulan Senate. From the wreckage of Vreenak's destroyed ship, the Tal Shiar recovered a recording of an alleged top-level Dominion conference bringing forward the timetabling of the invasion.

In response, the Romulan Empire officially declared war on the Dominion. Within hours, the Romulans struck fifteen bases along the Romulan-Cardassian border, opening a second front to the war. Although progress remained slow for the allies, the Romulans drove Dominion forces off of Benzar within months of joining the war effort. During this campaign, Shinzon of Remus distinguished himself in the Romulan military, having led twelve major engagements against the Jem'Hadar, all of them successful. (DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight", "The Reckoning", Star Trek Nemesis)

The Federation, desperate for additional support, continued to extend diplomatic ties to neighbouring species. In 2374, the Federation Council conveyed an official diplomatic message to Grand Nagus Zek of the Ferengi Alliance, which Jake Sisko speculated was a proposal for opening of formal relations between the two powers. In 2375, 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 fully committed to the Federation Alliance, options for a general offensive into Cardassian territory became a viable possibility. The Romulans had reservations that such an attack could succeed only at horrendous cost, favouring to contain the Dominion within Cardassian space. However, Benjamin Sisko convinced the delegation that the only course to victory was to destroy the Dominion's industrial infrastructure. The Allies agreed they would commit their efforts to the Chin'toka system, its defences having recently been thinned to provide additional support for the Romulan front.

In late 2374, the Federation Alliance launched their first offensive into Cardassian space, capturing Chin'toka after a hard fight. (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets") Although the planned attack against Cardassia itself was not realised, owing to heavy losses taking Chin'toka, the successful invasion was a tremendous boost to Allied morale. The Allied hold on Chin'toka was tenuous at best; the system remained under almost constant attack, making it extremely difficult to reinforce the garrisoned forces. Further offensives were bloodily repulsed; a Klingon fleet lost thirty percent of its strength attacking Monac IV. (DS9: "Image in the Sand", "The Siege of AR-558")

On other fronts, the Allies enjoyed greater success. Elim Garak began working for Starfleet in an unofficial capacity breaking Cardassian military codes; one such breach enabled the Alliles to retake the Kalandra system from the Dominion. (DS9: "Afterimage", "The Emperor's New Cloak") While the Allies consolidated their new front, General Martok launched a deep penetration raid into Cardassian space that severely damaged several key military targets. (DS9: "Once More Unto the Breach")

In early 2375, the Federation learned of a development that would ultimately help determine the course of the war: a deadly morphogenic virus had infected the Great Link. Despite the Dominion's technological prowess, they were unable to find a cure, and it was determined it would only be a matter of time before the Founders would die. (DS9: "Treachery, Faith and the Great River") It would be later discovered that the virus had been engineered by Section 31, a rogue branch of Starfleet Intelligence. Although Julian Bashir did find a cure, the Federation Council decided to withhold it from the Dominion for strategic concerns. Some protested this act as abetting genocide. (DS9: "Extreme Measures", "The Dogs of War")

Cardassian rebellion Edit

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

- Benjamin Sisko, 2375

Meanwhile, the Alliance's slowly encroaching front-line had begun to seriously strain relations in the precarious Dominion-Cardassian alliance. The Founders and their Vorta underlings tended to rest blame upon the Cardassian military for the failings of the Jem'Hadar in battle, an accusation that Legate Damar found particularly galling. With Dominion xenophobia clashing with Cardassian pride, many Cardassian soldiers grew distrustful and resentful of the Dominion, while the Dominion continued to erode Cardassian autonomy.

Seeking to rescue the war effort, in mid 2375, the Dominion conducted secret negotiations with the elusive Breen Confederacy to propose a military alliance; negotiations which the Cardassians were not privy to. The Dominion granted the Breen unspecified Cardassian territorial concessions in exchange, concessions which Legate Damar had neither seen nor agreed to. His objections were summarily overruled. (DS9: "Penumbra", "'Til Death Do Us Part")

Damar grew concerned with further Allied advances, specifically the garrison of the Eleventh Order on Septimus III, which would fall without Jem'Hadar assistance. The Dominion refused to render aid, regarding it as an acceptable sacrifice. The Klingons subsequently invaded the planet and massacred the garrison. This action finally spurred Damar to rebel against the Dominion. (DS9: "Strange Bedfellows", "The Changing Face of Evil")

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The Breen crush the Allies while retaking Chin'toka

The Breen Confederacy entered the war in late 2375 with a bold raid on Starfleet Headquarters, sending shock waves through the Alliance. Able to now mobilise a large fleet to hazard out offensive operations, the Dominion-Breen Alliance launched a massive counter-attack against the Chin'toka system. The battle would prove to be the worst Allied defeat of the entire war; of the 312 ships engaged, all but one were destroyed. However, they could not press their advantage, as soon after, the Cardassian Liberation Front attacked the Dominion military installations on Rondac III, diverting vital resources from the front. (DS9: "The Changing Face of Evil")

The only Allied warship to escape the Breen energy dissipators at Chin'toka was a Klingon warship, the Ki'tang, owing to a chance modification of the ship's propulsion matrix. General Martok ordered the modifications across the entire Klingon fleet, and had 1,500 warships ready for deployment the following day. With the Federation and Romulan fleets effectively useless in the interim until a countermeasure could be developed, the Klingons were left with the daunting task of holding the front-line against the Dominion-Breen Alliance. (DS9: "When It Rains...")

However, the Allied defensive efforts were soon jeopardised by Chancellor Gowron, whose political position had become threatened by Martok's popularity in the Empire. Gowron took direct command of the Klingon fleet and repeatedly ordered Martok on hopeless attacks, intending for him to be killed or disgraced. With the safety of the Alpha Quadrant at stake, Benjamin Sisko ordered Lieutenant Commander Worf to deal with Gowron. Worf directly challenged his leadership, and slew him in single combat. Worf then proclaimed General Martok as the next Chancellor of the Klingon High Council. (DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind")

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Damar rallying popular support on Cardassia against the Dominion

Meanwhile, the Federation Alliance saw a strategic opportunity in the Cardassian rebellion to keep the Dominion-Breen Alliance constantly off-balance. The Federation supplied replicators, weapons and food supplies to the rebels, and dispatched Kira Nerys to train Damar's troops in guerrilla tactics. (DS9: "When It Rains...")

The Cardassian rebels began carrying out a number of sabotaging attacks on Dominion ships and military installations, and was able to deliver a functioning Breen energy-dissipator to the Allied forces. (DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind") Unfortunately, however, the success of Damar's revolt was short-lived. Gul Revok, a prominent soldier in the Liberation Front, betrayed them to the Dominion. Jem'Hadar and Breen ships rapidly destroyed all eighteen rebel bases, ending the organised resistance against the Founders' rule. (DS9: "The Dogs of War")

Invasion of CardassiaEdit

Although the Cardassian military rebellion had ostensibly been crushed, Starfleet and Romulan engineers were able to develop a countermeasure to the Breen energy dissipator, thus denying the Dominion their one major tactical advantage over the Allies. Facing a renewed counter-offensive on a wide front, the Dominion-Breen forces withdrew from all conquered territories and established a fortified perimeter within Cardassian space. Their hope was that the Allies would baulk at the cost of breaching the perimeter, giving the Dominion time to rebuild.

While containing the Dominion within its present borders was a tempting move, the senior Allied commanders argued the Dominion could not be afforded any respite. Instead, the Allies would mobilise all their available ships to launch a single, decisive strike against the heart of Dominion power in the Alpha Quadrant: Cardassia. (DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind", "The Dogs of War")

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The Federation Alliance fleet departs Deep Space 9 for Cardassia

On Cardassia itself, the remnants of the resistance had not been idle. The bold revolt, though ultimately defeated, had left a scintillating impression upon the Cardassian people. Buoyed with this knowledge, Damar, Garak and Kira Nerys successfully bombed a Jem'Hadar barracks, rallying the civilian population into a popular uprising against the Dominion.

Meanwhile, the Allied fleet crossed into Dominion space and engaged the Dominion-Breen forces in battle. Concurrently, popular revolt on Cardassia sabotaged the planet's power grid, cutting off transportation and communication systems, causing a planetary blackout. The fleet defending Cardassia was completely cut off from Dominion Headquarters. In retaliation, hoping to discourage further attacks, the Jem'Hadar destroyed Lakarian City, killing two million civilians. Instead, it had the opposite effect; the Cardassian military abrogated their alliance, fracturing the Dominion lines, forcing it to retreat. Infuriated, the Founders ordered the Jem'Hadar to exterminate the Cardassian population.

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Cardassia Prime lies in ruins at the hands of the Jem'Hadar

While the Jem'Hadar rampaged across the planet, the Dominion-Breen fleets in orbit of Cardassia were ordered to fight to the death, ensuring only a pyrrhic Allied victory. As the Allies laid siege to Cardassia, rebels breached Dominion Headquarters, capturing the Founder. Odo convinced the Founder to surrender rather than fight; in exchange he would return to and cure the Great Link of the morphogenic virus. The Founder agreed, and the Dominion forces surrendered; the first time it had ever done so in battle. (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 on Deep Space 9, officially ending the war

The instrument of surrender, the Treaty of Bajor, was signed on Deep Space 9 between representatives of the Federation Alliance and the Dominion-Breen Alliance several days after the surrender at Cardassia. The treaty stipulated the Dominion would affect a complete military withdrawal to the Gamma Quadrant, while Alpha Quadrant territories were reverted to their boundaries as of stardate 50564.0, just prior to the Dominion's initial incursion into the Alpha Quadrant. (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")

In its wake, the war completely shifted the power dynamics of the Alpha Quadrant. The Cardassian Union had all but collapsed as a major power in the quadrant; eight hundred million civilians had been killed by the Jem'Hadar in mere hours, as well as over seven million troops, severely damaging the Cardassian military and all but destroying industrial infrastructure. The Breen Confederacy, a hitherto elusive race with little external contact had emerged and established themselves as a major military power.

The Klingon Defense Force having suffered heavy casualties in the Klingon-Cardassian War prior had been set back for at least a decade. The Romulan Star Empire rescinded diplomatic ties following the war, and entered into a nascent power struggle for influence against the United Federation of Planets. This cold war would last until 2379, when a coup led by noted Dominion War commander Shinzon of Remus led to a brief conflict. (DS9: "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges", "What You Leave Behind"; Star Trek Nemesis)

Appendices Edit

Background information Edit

Dominion War Treaty

The cease-fire treaty prop

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]

Armin Shimerman had hoped to have seen the Ferengi involved more in the Dominion War arc. Shimerman commented: "It would have been very interesting to see how people made profits off of wars, to see a black market during the war, to see how the Ferengi, who were basically neutral during the war, behaved. We did a bit of that but we didn't delve into that as much as we could have". ("The Once and Future Ferengi: Armin Shimerman Reflects on Quark", Star Trek Communicator, issue 130)

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)

Bjo Trimble commented: "I feel that Gene might have come to like DS9, had he lived to see it. There might have been some changes. Majel recently said that GR would have hated the war in DS9, but frankly I am amazed that she cannot see the same theme in much of what Gene did, including his recent "discovery" of Earth: Final Conflict. The only reason there were not full battles in early Trek is lack of funds to pull it off, and lack of technology to show it. Otherwise, GR would certainly have added it; he knew what audiences liked. I don't know about Voyager; I can't see where it's going, and I don't feel GR would have liked that. I don't think he would have liked the last couple of movies; they were very far removed from the Trek Gene came up with". [3]

The Dominion War was 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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