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..'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Dominion Wars'.. is a strategy game released for Microsoft Windows in 2001.


The Dominion War rages! Now you can take command of Federation, Klingon, Cardassian and Dominion fleets and get right into the battle. No base building, no resource gathering – just unprecedented access to all facets of space combat.
In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Dominion Wars, you'll command up to six ships simultaneously. Select from more than twenty different starship classes, including several original, never-before-seen ship designs. Choose a captain for each ship. Groom your captains as they move through progressive missions. Establish the crew for each mission - including engineering, security, and bridge personnel. Fully control each ship. Execute sensor sweeps and space scans, allocate power to shields and engines, identify threats, and deploy weapons. Transport crew members for boarding and conquering enemy ships.
Join in multiplayer online gameplay for up to eight players. Play as any one of the four races in such scenarios as "Open Space Deathmatch", "Deathmatch with Asteroids", "Planets", "Nebulae", and "Starbase Attack/Defend". You can also import ships from Star Trek: Starship Creator Warp II, included in the box. Design Defiant-class, Galaxy-class, Akira-class, and Klingon B'rel-class Birds of Prey, then fly them in multiplayer Dominion Wars battles.

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The game was greeted with fairly good reviews, but its frequent lockups, crashes and frequently disappearing saved games were serious problems. Its incompatibility with older systems was also a flaw.


Federation/Klingon Alliance Campaign

"Errands of Mercy"

The surviving members of the Maquis are trying to escape a Cardassian attack. In order to save them, the Cardassian ships must be destroyed.

"A Calculated Move"

A Dominion fleet is approaching Deep Space 9. The transports must be escorted to the station and protected from the Dominion ships. The Dominion ships must be destroyed.

"A Hero's Task"

A Dominion sensor array has been detected in the Argolis Cluster. The USS Defiant must destroy it.

"On Swift Wings"

A Klingon ship must warn a planet of an imminent Dominion attack. The Cardassian orbital weapon platforms must be protected.


Tom Riker is about to be executed on Cardassia Prime. Using several Akira-class ships, you must rescue him from a Keldon-class ship.

"A Fatal Flaw"

A Dominion ketracel-white facility must be destroyed, as must the orbital weapon platforms protecting it, the sensor grid and any enemy ships.

"Second Wind"

The time has come to take back Deep Space 9. All Dominion ships must be destroyed.

"Forcing Our Hand"

A Dominion shipyard must be destroyed, as well as its sensor array.

"A Line in the Sand"

The Dominion and the Breen have launched an offensive against Earth. All Dominion and Breen ships must be destroyed. All starbases must be protected.

"The Final Thrust"

The attack on Cardassia Prime has begun. All enemy ships must be destroyed. The troop transports must also be protected, to launch ground assaults.

The ending

The game ends with the Dominion Alliance fleet being decimated and Admiral Ross welcoming the new era of peace between people of Alpha Quadrant and the Dominion.

Dominion/Cardassian Alliance Campaign

"Rally the Wolves"

The survivors of the Maquis must be wiped out.

"Business of Betrayal"

A Founder has been captured by the Klingons. Rescue him and take him across the Klingon border, where the Klingons will not follow.

"The Hunt"

The sensor arrays near DS9 must be destroyed, as well as the power generators of the minefield.

"Eye of the Storm"

A Federation/Klingon invasion force is hiding in an ion storm. All ships must be destroyed.

"Welcoming Committee"

A new Federation prototype must be destroyed, as must the Galaxy-class starship protecting it.

"Crumbling Foundation"

The Dominion troop transports must reach AR-558.

"A Dish Best Served Cold"

Deep Space 9 must be destroyed, and Dukat must be killed.

"The Time is Now"

The Klingon and Romulan fleets must be destroyed. Worf and Gowron must die.

"Fish in a Barrel"

Starbase 234 and William Ross's starship must be destroyed.

"All Good Things..."

All starbases, Earth and Mars' orbital defenses, enemy ships, and the Defiant must be destroyed to ensure final victory.

The ending

The game ends with the Dominion fleet beginning the orbital bombardment of Earth and Weyoun announcing the new order in the Alpha Quadrant.

Background information

The people that can be selected to command the ships are all characters from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.





Breen; Cardassian; Cardassia Prime; Cardassian Union; Danube-class; Deep Space 9; Defiant-class; Defiant, USS; Dominion; Dominion War; Earth; Founder; Jem'Hadar; Klingon Empire; Maquis; Miranda-class; Negh'Var, IKS; Romulan Star Empire; Ross, William; Terok Nor; United Federation of Planets; Venture, USS


United Federation of Planets

  • Achilles class - Used by Starfleet during the Dominion Wars, it was designed to be a cheaper replacement for the larger starships which were the only ones that could push deep into enemy space, and get out at speed after completing their missions. This ship was designed with the most advanced anti-Borg systems.
  • Akira-class
  • Defiant-class
  • Galaxy-class
  • Oberth-class
  • Saber-class
  • Steamrunner-class

Klingon Empire


Cardassian Union

Other ships

Commanding officers


Klingon Empire


Cardassian Union

Technical help

Dominion Wars is known to not work on certain video cards. The following video cards are confirmed compatible:

  • nVidia: TNT2 M64, GeForce2 ~ GeForce FX 5900 (with old drivers)
  • ATI: Radeon 9200 ~ HD3650
  • SiS 630 Integrated graphics

The following video cards are confirmed NOT working with Dominion Wars:

  • Intel integrated Graphics chipsets
  • VIA Chrome9 HC IGP
  • nVidia GeForce 6100 and any newer series

However, a fix file was designed which solves the compatibility problem.

If you have a v1.04 disc, which can be identified by game files dated 2001/9/7, you don't need any patch. There are different version of Dominion Wars that require different patches:

  • US version 1.01: need US 1.01-1.04 patch
  • Europe version 1.03: need Europe 1.03-1.04 patch
  • German version 1.03: need German 1.03-1.04 patch

Do not download or use the v1.05 patch, which will break the game. After patched, set compatibility mode to Windows 98/Me if you are using Windows XP.

  • Dominion Wars requires at least one CD/DVD drive. If you have a laptop, use daemon-tools or alcohol 52% to emulate a virtual CD drive. You can use no-cd exe, but a CD/DVD drive is still necessary.
  • Dominion Wars doesn't like multiple video cards or monitors, even if you have only one monitor or video card connected, but with two or more in device manager. Check your device manager and remove or delete unused monitors.
  • Dominion Wars, in some cases, has been known may not run on Vista or Windows 7. In cases where it runs, graphical issues may present.

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