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Madred was a Cardassian male living in the 24th century. He was born in the city of Lakat on Cardassia Prime, and grew up on the streets. As an adult, he held the rank of Gul and served in the Cardassian Guard's Military Intelligence branch, where he had a reputation as a skilled interrogator. (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part I", "Chain of Command, Part II")
In 2369, he interrogated Federation Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Celtris III. His failure to break the human remained the one black spot on his record. (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part I", "Chain of Command, Part II"; TNG novel: Ship of the Line)
In the aftermath of the Dominion War, Madred sought political power on Cardassia Prime, hoping to rebuild the Cardassian Union to its former glory. He approached Elim Garak for his support, but Garak refused, and instead gave his allegiance to Alon Ghemor's democratic government. (DS9 novels: A Stitch in Time, Cardassia: The Lotus Flower)
Following the Klingon bombardment of Cardassia Prime, Ra'ashal Madred went into hiding. Over the next several years, he slowly consolidated a power base, and forged an alliance with the remnants of the Obsidian Order and Colonel Vrian's rogue faction of the Romulan Tal Shiar. By 2379, he had gained political control, and sought to rebuild the Cardassian Union; his rule was troubled by a resistance movement led by Corat Damar. (Star Trek: Pendragon: "Exile", "The Distant Fire")