Cardassians and Police States

The Cardassians are another somewhat tragic object lesson in Star Trek. Prior to expanding out into space, the Cardassian people were renowned for their art and sophisticated culture. Through mismanagement of their own planet, their resources dwindled to almost nothing and they were forced to look beyond their planet for the resources they needed. Ironically, they ended up subjugating another artistic culture, the Bajorans, for their resources. Still, for decades after they were resource poor and looked on enviously at the neighboring Federation and Klingons, to the point that wars were fought with both powers. This of course led to even more resource depletion in an already resource poor political state. By this point in time Cardassian culture was very clearly no longer focused on the arts, they had morphed into a police state where enemies of the state were considered guilty before their trial even began.

In a final bid for power, the Cardassians joined the biggest police state known in the galaxy, the Dominion. Through the course of the Dominion War between the Dominion and the Federation, Klingons, and Romulans, the Cardassians would come to taste what it was like to live in a police state (with the Jem’Hadar as the policemen) and not be the one in charge. Inevitably, the Cardassians rebelled, but tragically this would result in over 800 million Cardassians dead at the conclusion of the Dominion War.

It’s an interesting object lesson for us, the people of Earth, for we now fight over the limited resources of our own world, with equally tragic results.

So here are some starships for the Cardassians and some of their allies and foes:

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4 responses to “Cardassians and Police States

  1. The Cardassians were always fascinating to me. While Deep Space Nine did a bunch with their culture (through Garak and Gul Dukat), I very rarely saw them approached in any series where I immediately didn’t want to know more.

    • I agree, they’ve always had this underdog feel to them that makes you want to root for them, even when they’re being the galaxy’s biggest jerks. Even then, they’ve sort of gotten the short end of the stick resource-wise, which partially explains their being jerks. I haven’t read too many of the Star Trek novels, but http://www.amazon.com/Never-Ending-Sacrifice-Star-Trek/dp/1439109613 is a wonderfully insightful novel into Cardassian culture from around the Klingon invasion through the Dominion War and afterwards, all from the point-of-view of a Cardassian outcast trying to reintegrate into their society.

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