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Cardassia Prime
Classification: Class M
Affiliation: Cardassian Union
Location: Cardassia system,
Cardassia sector,
Alpha Quadrant
Moon(s): Three; Letau, Blind Moon
Dominant Species: Cardassian
Population: 7.9 Billion
Capital: Lakat

Cardassia, also known as Cardassia Prime, is the home planet of the Cardassian species and capital planet of the Cardassian Union. Cardassia is the sixth planet in the Cardassia System and has three moons, the inner-most of which is Letau, and one of which is known as the Blind Moon. Cardassia Prime is one of only three habitable planets in the Cardassian system.

The Star Trek Deep Space Nine Roleplaying Game Narrator's Toolkit states that Cardassia Prime is the third planet of the star system.



See also Cardassian history.

The Hebitians

The Hebitians were the first civilization to rise on Cardassia. They were a sophisticated, sustainable, self-sufficient society and worshiped the deity Oralius. The Hebitian society eventually fell when Cardassia suffered catastrophic climate change, the rainforests and grasslands transformed into desert and scrubland with just one patch of the ancient rainforest surviving the climate change in the Ba'aten Peninsula. Disease killed millions and the people lost there faith becoming militaristic and expansionist - the Cardassians (DS9 Novel: A Stitch in Time).

It was known that during the old times, portions of the Western Hemisphere was covered with lush green, thick forests with heavy rainfall covering the region. However, an atmospheric calamity of unknown origin befell the planet at the time which led to centuries of drought. The remaining forests were cut down by shortsightedness with the once fertile soil had withdrawn to deep silty black top soil due to a single generation of overfarming. This led to the well known parched sands that surrounded the periphery of the cities bringing about a world full of deserts where there had once been rain forests. The once verdant forests were forgotten by latter generation Cardassians though members of the Oralian Way had records of it present within the Recitations that showed the paradise their home world once was. (DS9 novel: Dawn of the Eagles)

Dominion War

Post-Dominion War recovery

At the end of the Dominion War in retaliation for the Cardassians betrayal, the Dominion decimated much of Cardassia resulting in billions of deaths and the destruction of much of the infrastructure. The clean up process took a great deal of time and there were still corpses on the streets for weeks after the Dominion withdrawal. A democratic government led by Alon Ghemor rose up in the aftermath. (DS9 episode: "What You Leave Behind", DS9 novel: A Stitch in Time)

In 2377 Gul Kentar amassed a large military force, and while the bulk of the Federation's fleet was in the Delta Quadrant conducting a counter attack in response to a recent Borg incursion, made a sneak attack on the Federation's reserve fleet in the Pearl Nebula. This provoked the Klingon Empire to launch a campaign against the Cardassian forces under Kentar. After a number of offensives the Klingons pushed Kentar's forces all the way back to the Cardassia system and took control of Cardassia Prime and the rest of the planets in the system. With Kentar's forces crushed the Cardassian leadership requested a truce, which was negotiated by Chancellor Martok himself, before the Klingon forces moved out of the system in pursuit of last remnants of Gul Kentar's rebellion in the Hubrik system. (TNG video game: Armada II)


Cities Settlements


Structural Landmarks

Natural History



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Cardassia Prime
Star system: Cardassia
Class: M
Surface: Moderate

Cardassia Prime or simply Cardassia (known as Cardăsa Terăm in the Cardăsda language) is the class M homeworld of the Cardassian species and capital of the Cardassian Union. It is located in the Cardassia system in the Alpha Quadrant.


Astronomical Data



  • Cardassia Prime
  • Cardassia
  • Cardassia VI


Cardassia was once home to a peaceful and artistic society; however the planet's poor natural resources eventually led to the collapse of that civilization. Some sources also suggest a dramatic climactic shift that further damaged the planet's ecosystem (sometimes referred to as the Cataclysm), putting a severe strain on the planet's population and eventually its government. The military gained control and started an aggressive expansion for more resources, forming the adversarial Cardassian Union with Cardassia Prime as the capital. (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part II", A Stitch in Time, Star Trek: Sigils and Unions)

In 2372, Cardassia Prime came under threat of invasion and occupation after the start of the Klingon-Cardassian War. The threat to the planet was only removed after Klingon chancellor Gowron ordered his forces to stop their advance after failing to capture the Cardassian Detapa Council in the First Battle of Deep Space 9. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")

During much of the Dominion War, Dominion strategy was planned and administered from their headquarters on Cardassia Prime. (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets", et al.)

Corat Damar, now the leader of the Cardassian Rebellion movement against the Dominion, returned to Cardassia Prime to meet with senior Cardassian military personnel to discuss their defection to the rebellion in late 2375. The meeting was a trap and the bulk of the rebellion was quickly crushed. Damar, Kira Nerys and Elim Garak avoided the trap and started a terrorist campaign against the Dominion in the capital city. The civilian population joined in a popular uprising. The Dominion response was to destroy Lakarian City, killing two million civilians. Instead of bringing the Cardassians to their knees it pushed them further from the Dominion with the Cardassian fleet changing sides during the Battle of Cardassia. The Female Founder then took an even more extreme course of action and ordered her forces to wipe out the entire population of Cardassia Prime (possibly even the entire Cardassian Union, but the damage to Cardassia Prime was extreme). By the time the Federation Alliance surrounded the planet to prepare for the final push over 800 million Cardassians had been killed. After the Dominion surrender the planet was in a state of ruin. (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")

Pendragon timeline

The surface of Cardassia Prime was bombarded by the Klingon Empire using mass drivers. The attack lasted three days nearly wiping out the entire population of the planet. With the death of some five billion Cardassians the event was commonly referred to as the Cardassian Holocaust. (Star Trek: Pendragon)

Notable Locations


Star Trek: Sigils and Unions-specific locations


  • Rivçal: Economic center of Cardassia Prime, origin of the majority of colonization efforts.
    • Revakian
  • Nevot: Location of most of Cardassia's remaining arable farmland.
    • Lourasat
  • Hăzăk: Formerly agrarian area hardest-hit by the climactic shift.
    • Adometar


  • Fireplains of Revakian
  • Desert of Kurab

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