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A guerrilla is a type of fighter that uses non-standard tactics to achieve his or her goals. Guerrilla warfare is usually employed in response to an occupation, such as the Bajoran Resistance. (DS9: "Emissary")
Guerrillas typically use ambush and sabotage as opposed to open fighting. It was common for Bajoran resistance cells to avoid fighting and hide from Cardassian patrols using sensor ghosts. Bajoran Resistance cells operated in rugged mountainous terrain they knew well. This allowed them to launch surprise attacks and corner pursuers more easily. The Maquis operated near the Badlands close to the Demilitarized Zone where the sensor interference gave their ships an advantage. In contrast to open warfare, guerrilla cells do not usually attack civilian targets; this is because they are attempting to unify their people against an alien force. They do attack civilians as punishment for collaborating with the enemy.
They lack a central command or authority figure and rally more around an ideal than a person. Guerrilla units are called cells; they are small groups of fighters who work together to conduct attacks. Individual cells have a leader such as Shakaar Edon in the Shakaar resistance cell, or Chakotay in his Maquis cell. (VOY: "Caretaker")
Conflicts where guerrilla tactics were used include:
- Bajoran Resistance
- Cardassian Rebellion
- Iden's Rebellion
- Unimatrix Zero
- Federation-Klingon War (2267)
Notable guerrilla fighters Edit
- Kira Nerys
- Shakaar Edon
- B'Elanna Torres
- Seska (double agent)
- Calvin Hudson
- Elim Garak
- James T. Kirk