enhanced, humanoid civilization. In the past Cardassians were a peaceful
spiritual people. But because their planet was resource-poor, starvation
rampant, and paople died by the millions. With the rise of the military
to power, new
and technology were aquired by violence, at the cost of millions lives
Cardassian society, the criminal justice system served to enforce cultural
the public with the comforting notion that good did triumph over evil.
no criminal was brought to trial until authoroties had already found the
Trials were broadcast for viewing by the public, serving as a dramatic
the futility of violating society's norms. Under the Cardassian system
of jurisprudence, a
could not present evidence until the trial was underway --- in other words,
a verdict of guilty had already been rendered. Further, such defendants
testify against themselves.
citizens were required to have one of their molars extracted at age ten
could be kept on file by the Cardassian bureau of identification.
Cardassian culture, advanced age is viewed as a sign of power and dignity.
man and women sometimes exhibit overt irritability toward each other as
to a sexual relationship.Family is very important to the Cardassians, with
being multi-generational. Intense mind-training programs are given to their
early as four years of age, which contributes to their famous Cardassian
Cardassian funeral rites are very strict. They concidered it a dishonor
if a non-Cardassian views the remains. Cardassians dislike cold temperatures.
It is traditional in Cardassian
culture that the commanding officer of a ship should entertain
guest when they travel aboard
his or her ship. It was also traditional for a freighter captain to
take a percentage of the
cargo's worth for himself. A favorite morning beverage of Cardassians
is hot fish juice.
The Cardassians were involved
in a bitter, extended conflict with The United Federation of
Planets. An uneasy
truce betwean the two adversaries was finally reached in 2366. During
the negotiations, Ambassador
Spock publicly disagreed with his father, Ambassador Sarek,
on the treaty. The peace
treaty established a fragile armistice between the Federation and
the Cardassian Union.
Starfleet Captain Edward Jellico was partially credited for the
negotiations. Among other
things, the treaty provided that captives of either government would
be allowed to see a representative
from a neutral planet following their incarceration.
The Cardassians annexed the
planet Bajor around 2328, and over the next several decades
the planet of their resources and forced most Bajorans to resettle on other
worlds. During the occupation,
the Cardassians arrested any Bajoran that were caught teaching
the word of the Prophets.
They were iimprisoned and often recieved repeated beatings for their
beliefs. In 2369,
the Bajoran resistance movement had forced the Cardassians from Bajor after
years of terrorist activity.
In their retreat they abondoned Terok Nor, now designated as DS9.
This proved a major mis-step,
as the station became of major strategic, scientific, and commercial
value when the Bajoran wormhole
Many Cardassian war orphans
were left behind on Bajor when the occupation ended. in Cardassian
society , ophans are shunned
and not acknowledged by the populace. The Cardassian withdrawal
included an agreement to
release all Bajoran political prisoners, per Supreme Directive 2645,
although some prisnoners
remained at the Hutet labor camp on Cardasia IV for nearly a year.
In 2371, the Cardassian government,
represented by Legate Turrel, concluded a historic peace
treaty with Bajoran leader
Kai Winn. In 2372, a civillian uprising overthrew the Cardassian
placing power into the hands of the Detapa Council.Suspecting that
council had been replaced
by shape-shifting agents of the Dominion, The Klingon Empire
subsequently invaded Cardassia
Prime, and was nearly succesful in eliminating the Detapa
council. Gul Dukat helped
the council flee the Klingon invasion fleet by evacuating them aboard the
Prakesh. Dukat, with
assistance from Starfleet personnel, was able to ascertain that the council
had not been replaced by
The Klingon invasion destroyed
the industrial capability of dozens of Cardassian worlds,
devestating the Cardassian
economy. The Federation council, eager to maintain ties to the
Cardassians, agreed to provide
12 industrial replicators to its government. The replicators
were hijacked by members
of the Maquis led by Commander Eddington.
Humiliated by its dealings
with the Federation and stung by the Klingon attack, the Cardassian
government entered into
an alliance with the Dominion in 2373. The pact had been secretly
negotiated by Gul Dukat,
who thereafter assumed leadership of the Cardassian Union.
Dukat promised to return
the Cardassians to their former glory......