Cardassian Union

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  • Full name: Cardassian Union
  • Center of government: Cardassia Prime
  • Currency: Lek (VOY: "Caretaker"; DS9 Novel: Avatar, Book One)
  • Population largely comprised of Cardassians
  • Established c.19th century (DS9: "Defiant")
  • Territory spans at least 600 light years by 2357 (VOY Novel: Mosaic)
    • Arias Expedition extended 600 light years from Deep Space 7 per text
    • Given that Cardassian territory borders Federation by 2357, likely involved deep-space expedition to far end of Cardassian space
  • Nation
    • c.19th century - 2373: Independent (TLE Novel: Day of the Vipers)
    • 2373 - 2375: Dominion
    • 2375 - Present: Independent

Bordering territories


  • c.19th century: Established as a collective entity founded via the three sects of Cardassian society: the masses (comprising the Detapa Council), the elite families (comprising the Obsidian Order), and the military (comprising Central Command) (ENT Novel: Uncertain Logic)
  • Mid-to-late 2320s: First diplomatic contact with Federation. (TTN Novel: Taking Wing)
    • Occurred during the administration of President Thelian, 2324-2332, per text
  • 2328: Annexation of B'hava'el system (DS9: "Emissary")
  • 2371: Collapse of the Obsidian Order following the disastrous joint operation with the Tal Shiar against the Dominion leads to internal strife between Detapa Council and Central Command (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")
  • 2372: Detapa Council establishes effective control over government, overthrowing de facto military rule (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")
  • 2373: Membership into Dominion (DS9: "By Inferno's Light")
  • 2375: Government collapse following Cardassian massacre by Dominion forces (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")
  • 2376: Government re-established following aid from allied powers (DS9 Novel: Mission Gamma: Twilight)

Political Structure

  • Pre-Dominion
    • Initially divided into three agencies
      • Originated from three bodies of Cardassian society: the masses, the elite families, and the military (ENT Novel: Uncertain Logic)
      • Detapa Council
        • Civilian governing body
        • Held de jure oversight over Central Command and the Obsidian Order
          • In practice these bodies operated independently by mid-24th century (DS9: "Defiant")
        • Soul governing body by early 2372 (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")
      • Central Command
        • Military governing body
          • De facto ruling body by early 24th century (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part II")
      • Obsidian Order
  • Post-Dominion