Dominion withdrawal, Cardassian system, tactical display

The Dominion withdrawal to Cardassia Prime, a planet in the Cardassian system, during the Dominion War, shown on a tactical display

The Cardassian system was an inhabited planetary system located in the Cardassian sector. This sector was a region of space in the Alpha Quadrant.

The system consisted of a primary and at least five planets. Cardassia Prime (Cardassia II) was the inhabited homeworld of the Cardassians, a warp-capable species. This planet was also the capital of the Cardassian Union. (DS9: "Explorers") The system also included Cardassia I, and the planets Cardassia III, Cardassia IV, and Cardassia V that were colonized by the Cardassians. (DS9: "The Homecoming", "Shadowplay", "Prophet Motive")

In 2375, the Dominion began their withdrawal to Cardassia Prime during the waning days of the Dominion War. The Allied Forces planned a risky and costly military operation to end the war by penetrating the system and engaging the Dominion forces stationed in orbit over Cardassia Prime. (DS9: "The Dogs of War")

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Background information Edit

"Tactical Display 7624N" was reproduced in legible detail in Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 49).

According to this same book (pp. 36, 42-43), the primary in the system was named Cardassia. Cardassia was a K class star with an absolute magnitude of -1.1, which was a hundred times brighter than Sol. There were a total of eight planets in the system, four of which were inhabited, and two asteroid belts. The system was visited by a Bajoran solar-sail vessel in 1571. Distance between Bajor and Cardassia was 5.25 light years.

Apocrypha Edit

According to the RPG book Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Narrator's Toolkit, the Cardassian sun was a bright red dwarf (M2 V type), the first two planets were class F, Cardassia Prime was the third planet in the system, Cardassia VI and VII were class J gas giants and Cardassia VIII was class G.

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