|Date:||2373 - 2375|
|Location:||Alpha and Beta Quadrants|
|Result:||Federation Alliance victory|
|Federation-Klingon War (2372-73)|
The Dominion War was a conflict fought between the Federation Alliance and the Dominion in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants from 2373 to 2375. The war was fought by the Dominion to extend the will of the Founders over the two quadrants, while the alliance battled to remain free from Dominion influence.
After a three year campaign to weaken the major Alpha quadrant powers the Dominion managed to gain a significant foothold in the quadrant after striking a deal with Gul Dukat that resulted in the Cardassian Union joining the Dominion. With a base of operations in the Alpha Quadrant the Dominion started to send large convoys of warships and troops to secure their new dominion and prepare for the inevitable war against the Federation and Klingon Empire. (DS9: "In Purgatory's Shadow", "By Inferno's Light", "Call to Arms")
In an effort to halt the build up of Dominion forces the Federation took drastic measures. With approval from Starfleet Command Captain Benjamin Sisko mined the Alpha Quadrant side of the Bajoran wormhole cutting the vital supply line between the Dominion's presence in the Cardassian union and its industrial base in the Gamma Quadrant. (DS9: "Call to Arms")
The Dominion war beginsEdit
The opening battle occurred at Deep Space 9 when the Dominion fleet attacked the Federation run starbase to stop the completion of the minefield. At the same time a joint Starfleet-Klingon Defense Force task force crossed into the union and attacked the shipyards at Torros III. The results were a victory for each attacking side, however the Federation come out better in the two engagements with the minefield completed and a larger number of Dominion vessels destroyed. (DS9: "Call to Arms")
Three months into the war the morale for the Federation and Klingons was low with the constant retreats and high losses such as those suffered by the Seventh Fleet at the Battle of Tyra. (DS9: "A Time to Stand"; Star Trek: The Adventures of Argus; Star Trek: Lambda Paz)
This low morale would finally be turned around with Operation Return. In a crucial victory for the allies they not only routed a numerically superior Dominion fleet but they regained Deep Space 9 and effectively ended any hopes of Gamma Quadrant reinforcements for the Dominion forces for the rest of the war. (DS9: "Favor the Bold", "Sacrifice of Angels")
The war entered a brief lull as the Dominion reorganised after losing Deep Space 9. During this time the Dominion approached the Federation for a diplomatic settlement to the war, which would prove to be a ploy. After the negotiations failed the tempo of the war increased. (DS9: "Statistical Probabilities")
The Dominion fleet won a crucial victory in the Battle of Betazed late in 2374. This victory was a big loss to the Federation as well as placing several important core worlds at risk to Dominion invasion. In a desperate move Starfleet sanctioned a plan to lure the Romulan Star Empire into the war on the Federation's side. In an operation spearheaded by Captain Sisko with the help of former Obsidian Order agent, Elim Garak it was a success and the Romulans broke their treaty with the Dominion and entered the war. (DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight")
With a third front opened the newly formed Federation Alliance gained the advantage over the Dominion. The Dominion's forces now spread out gave it the opportunity to take the war into the Cardassian's backyard. Captain Sisko was again given the task of planning the operation and chose the Chin'toka system. In a brief but somewhat costly battle for the alliance, they captured the system. (DS9: "Tear of the Prophets")
All the powers involved suffered significant losses during the war. In particular the Cardassian Union, which suffered huge casualties both militarily and to its civilian population and was occupied by the Federation Alliance. The military forces of the alliance suffered heavily, the Klingon Defense Force would need decades to replace its losses. (DS9: "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges", "What You Leave Behind")
The final death tolls in the war were:
- One million Starfleet officers and enlisted personnel;
- 90 million Federation citizens on occupied member worlds;
- 200,000 Klingon warriors, with nearly as many Romulans;
- 900 million Cardassians, military and civilian;
- Breen losses are unknown.
Source: Dominion War Timeline: "End of the War and Aftermath: January-September 2376"
Tuition in the Klingon university system underwent a hike during the Dominion War, which was frozen until 2401, at which point the Klingon High Council decided to lower the tuition by 300 darseks/year. (Star Trek: The Stoneship Files: "The Defector")
|Major battles of the Dominion War|
|Second Battle of Deep Space 9 (2373) | Battle of Torros III (2373) | Battle of Rumarda (2374) | Battle of Tyra (2374) | Operation Blue Room (2374) | First Battle of Vulcanis (2374) | Operation Return (2374) | Raid on Coridan (2374) | Kalandra Offensive (2374) | Battle of Betazed (2374) | Second Battle of Vulcanis (2374) | Battle of Benzar (2374) | Battle of Sybaron (2374) | Liberation of Benzar (2374) | Battle of the Tibor Nebula (2374) | Raid on Tohvun (2374) | Third Battle of Vulcanis (2374) | First Battle of Chin'toka (2374) | Battle of Ricktor Prime (2375) | Battle of Chudala (2375) | Kalandra Campaign (2375) | Invasion of Septimus III (2375) | Breen attack on Earth (2375) | Second Battle of Chin'toka (2375) | Battle of the Three Suns (2375) | Liberation of Betazed (2375) | Battle of Getha (2375) | Battle of Cardassia (2375)|
- Attack on Avenal VII
- Attack on Carrier Alpha-26
- Battle of the Hobileth Nebula
- Battle of New Xindus
- Battle of Rashanar
- Battle of Rondac III
- Raid on Coridan
- Raid on Monac IV
- Sabotage of Vuldok Nor
- Siege of AR-558
In an effort to prevent Captain Limis Vircona from being captured by Dominion forces in late-2374, 31st century temporal agent Jonas Grabowski transported her to his time period. The result was the timeline he sought to prevent in which the Dominion emerged victorious and presumably laid waste to Bajor, the effects of which would still be felt seven centuries later. That timeline was erased when Limis returned to the 24th century using the Orb of Time.(Star Trek: Lambda Paz: The Tides of War, Part II)
- Dominion War article at Memory Alpha, the canon Star Trek wiki.
- Dominion War article at Memory Beta, the non-canon Star Trek wiki.
- Dominion War article at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
- Dominion War timeline at Star Trek.com
- The Dominion War Sourcebook - (ZIP format)