Cardassian Advance of 2388

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The Cardassian Advance of 2388 saw the Cardassian Union reclaim territory ceded to the Breen Confederacy by the Dominion during the Dominion War. During the advance, the Cardassians also claimed several Breen systems as reparations from the Breen's actions against the Union during the prior decades.


Prior to the Dominion War, the Breen preferred to keep to themselves, rarely pushing against the Federation and Cardassian borders or allowing anyone inside theirs. The war changed many things, including emboldening the Confederacy. When the war ended, though the Breen was forced to concede territory to the Federation and the Union, the Cardassians were left in a bitter situation.

The Breen and the Federation clashed multiple times over the next decade as the Breen tried to reclaim the sectors they conceded, only to fail at each turn. Their inability to win a simple conflict has downgraded their status on the intergalactic stage. The Domo of the Breen Confederacy has been disgraced and replaced by Gor who is a veteran of the Dominion War. Gor saw the Breen Crisis as a mistake and even stated such, but he didn’t make any moves against the crisis since he saw the conflict as a way to get rid of his enemies.

In the aftermath of the conflict and the appointment of the new Domo, the Confederacy has been weakening. Various intelligence agencies across the galaxy have made a note that the Treaty of Bajor and now the Treaty of Valoris, the Breen Militia was scaled down to a third of its operating force, making it one of the smallest defense/military forces in the Alpha Quadrant for a major power, if one can still call the Confederacy that.

Meanwhile, the Cardassian Union has been rebuilding its military and fleet. As it grows, so do differing ideologies. Several believe that the Union should keep to itself and expand in the sectors to the west. Others, like the Order of 12, which has been discovered among all Cardassian elements, including the Central Command, seek to claim sectors that the Romulans have desired, or even planets in the Demilitarized Zone. Ignoring the Federation for now, the Union began to stretch into the unclaimed Gavarian Corridor, clashing with the Romulan Empire who is looking to stabilize a shaky empire. The Order, showing its strength, began to operate openly. It’s boldness inspired many Cardassians, who’d been silent since the war, to display their patriotism of their own and began to unify the Union.

The Advance Begins

To demonstrate its regained strength, on October 10, 2388, the Cardassian Union reached into Breen space with the Second and Fifth Order, retaking two systems (Dozaria and Portas) that the Dominion gifted to the Breen during the War. Sentek and Garzel fell shortly thereafter.

A week later, the Breen Militia sent several ships in an attempt to retake the Dozaria System, only to be completely decimated by the Fifth Order. The next day, the Fifth Order advanced to claim two more systems.

Publicly, the Cardassian Central Command has said little of the matter, claiming only that it the Union was becoming whole again. Privately, those opposed to Cardassia’s attempts to regain what was rightfully theirs were one by one removed from power. In their place was installed a patriot, ready to build upon the Union’s pride.

Breen Response

Main article: Alrakis Pact

After the Breen's failed attempt to retake what was lost, the Confederacy realized all too late what had happened. They were powerless to stop the Cardassians from doing what they wanted. Had the Cardassians chosen to continue their advance, the Confederacy would not survive. For the Confederacy to survive, it would have to make drastic decisions to keep themselves out from under the Cardassians, and to keep themselves from joining a power that would not share their ideals, the Federation.

Meanwhile, the Cardassian Union appears to have been satisfied with its actions as it has fortified their new worlds and established regular supply and patrol routes along the Breen border. It maintains enough forces along the border and at its newest acquisitions to defend them, but not enough to keep pushing into Confederate space.

Overview Cardassian UnionCardassiansObsidian OrderRanks
Present Involvement Cardassian Advance of 2388Order of 12Gavarian Exploration Agreement
History Dominion WarCardassian-Romulan WarGavarian Armistice Agreement
Notable Locations Cardassia PrimeAlcor SectorChin'toka IDozariaGarzelPortasSentek
Resources Cardassian SystemsCardassian Ships