*Originally posted by Hail Ants *
**While I’ve got your ear, perhaps you could give me a quick Deep Space 9 for Dummies.
[list][li]Are the Cardassians good guys or villians?[/li][/quote]
In Seasons I, II and III the Cardassians were recurring villains, because they wanted Terok Nor (Deep Space Nine) back and the Wormhole. They were also hostile to the newly-independent Bajor, which had for 50 years been a Cardassian occupied territory.
In Season IV, there was a coup, and a civilian government took over Cardassia. This event led to the Klingon attack of the Cardassian Union, and the Federation responded by rescuing the Detapa Council (?), the Cardie leadership.
In Seasons IV and V, the Federation was on friendly terms with the civilian-led Cardassian government, and helped defend their territory from the Klingons. Tensions between the Cardassians and Bajor also eased.
Towards the end of Season V (2373), the Cardassians had suffered major losses to the Klingons, and Gul Dukat, former prefect of Terok Nor and former military advisor to the Detapa Council, forged an alliance with the Dominion. The civilian government was overthrown, and Dukat was installed as dictator, though somewhat under the perview of Vorta Adminstrator Weyoun.
A cold war immediately developed between the Cardassian-Dominion alliance and the Federation, which lasted for a few months. Bajor signed a non-aggression treaty with Cardassia in late 2373, and by the end of Season V, a full on war had developed between the Federation-Klingon Alliance and the Cardassian-Dominion alliance.
The Cardassians, along with the rest of the Dominion, became bad guys throughout Season VI, during which the Romulans entered the war on the side of the Federation. Gul Dukat was captured by Federation forces during the Second Battle of Deep Space Nine in early 2374, and was succeeded by Gul Damar, an easily-controlled alcoholic.
During Season VII, the war proceeded badly for the Cardassian-Dominion union, and tensions grew betwen Damar and Weyoun. Damar had Weyoun killed at least once (but of course, there was always another clone, those pesky Vorta). When the Dominion brought the Breen into their fold to add muscle to their forces, Damar realized that the Cardassians were being squeezed out, and he turned on the Dominion.
So now the Cardassians were both bad guys, for under their new leader Legate Broca they’re still on the Dominion’s side. But now Damar’s got his rebellion Cardies, too, so they’re also good guys.
The Federation sent aid to Damar, and after his insurrection endangers the Founder on Cardassia finds this out, she decided to eliminate all the Cardassians on Cardassia. This causes an uprising throughout the Union, and in the last episode the Cardassians joined the Federation, all their forces turning on the Dominion, and defeating them. But during the process, 800 million Cardassians are killed.
So as you can see, they changed sides a lot.
[li]Who are the Maquis? Are they good or bad?[/li][/quote]
The Maquis were former Starfleet officers who lived on planets that, by the Federation-Cardassian Treaty of 2370, were transferred to Cardassian control. The Cardassians did not treat thier new citizens well, and almost immediately they rebelled, and formed an underground force to free their worlds. They were viewed as being terrorists by both the Federation and the Cardassians. They were wiped out by the Dominion in 2273-2274. Good riddance.
There were some Maquis on Voyager, but I really hated that show.
[li]Who or what is the Dominion? Are they good or bad?[/li][/quote]
The Dominion was a collection of alien races from the Gamma Quadrant. Almost an anti-Federation. They are ruled by the Founders, administrated by the Vorta, and protected by the Jem’Hadar. There are countless other species that are members of the Dominion, including, for a period of time, both the Cardassians and the Breen. They were, ostensibly, evil. Seeking to instill order in the galaxy, they used military force to subjugate and assimilate those around them.
The Dominion first learned of the Wormhole and the Federation in 2270, and in that same year destroyed all the Bajoran colonies in the Gamma Quadrant, and the USS Olympus. From 2271 to 2273 the Dominion attempted to undermine the Alpha Quadrant by infiltrating Starfleet and the Klingon Defense Force, and using the coup on Cardassia as impetus to push these two nations into war. When this war fizzled, they overthrew the Cardassian government, installed a series of all-but-puppet leaders, and waged direct war on the Federation.
For a period in 2274, the Dominion controlled Terok Nor (Deep Space Nine). At that point, they were trying to remove a minefield from the mouth of the Wormhole, as their supplies of Ketricel White, required to control the violent Jem’Hadar, were running low. They succeeded in clearing the mines, but the Prophets of Bajor interceded, blocking any Dominion re-inforcements from the Gamma Quardant. Eventually they found that the Sona were able to produce the drug, and procured supplies from them.
The Dominion lost the war in the Battle of Cardassia, near the end of 2275, directly prior to the ‘death’ of Captain Sisko. However, the Dominion continues to exist in the Gamma Quadrant.
[li]Who are the Founders? Good or bad?**[/li][/QUOTE]
The Founders are a race of shapeshifters who founded the Dominion. After centuries of being hunted by Solids, the Changelings decided the only way they could be safe was to control those who hunted them. They genetically engineered the Vorta to help them run the Dominion, rarely taking active role in the leadership of their nation.
In the early 24th century the Foudners sent out infants into space, to explore. One of these was Constable Odo. The Female Changeling who led the Dominion’s efforts in the Alpha Quadrant was mainly focused on luring Odo back to the Great Link – the joint consciouness of the Changeling people when they mix together in liquid form.
Section 31 of Starfleet infected the Great Link with a genocidal virus in 2271 using Odo as a carrier. To end the Dominion-Federation War, Starfleet provided the Founders with a cure to this plague. Odo delivered it personally to the Changeling homeworld, merging with the Great Link, perhaps permanently.
God I’m a dork…