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The Cardassian Dissident Movement was a resistance movement which formed in 2370 to resist the growing power and subsequent corruption of the Cardassian Central Command. Known members ranged from civilians, to teachers, to soldiers, to government leaders. The Central Command, aided by the ruthless Obsidian Order, constantly tried to stamp out the movement, but the spark of independance failed to die out and the movement prospered.

The movement had the support of several governments, such as the United Federation of Planets, the Mathenites and their own Detapa Council, which aided in the movements aims to bring down the Central Command and restore Cardassia's honor.

Key Members include:

Known encounters include:

  • Joret Dal, an influential soldier and CDM agent, supplied information to the Federation and, with the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)'s assistance, returned to his post in Cardassian territory though, seemingly, at the cost of Sito Jaxa's life.
  • Detapa Council member Kotan Pa'Dar who, along with his son Rugal, are CDM supporters and are saved from social exile by Deep Space 9's timely assistance.
  • Following an Obsidian Order raid, CDM agent Professor Natima Lang helped two CDM leaders: Hogue and Rekelen, escape to the movements headquarters on Sedara 6 with assistance from Deep Space 9.
  • Legate Tekeny Ghemor and Gul Akellen Macet, both CDM supporters and leaders, attended a meeting held by Spock and Sarek in an asteroid in the Romulan Neutral Zone for the purpose of discussing the disappearance of several outposts along eachothers borders (later revealed to have been caused by the Borg).
  • Ghemor's activities are exposed by the Obsidian Order in 2371 and another CDM agent, a soldier named Ari, is killed. Ghemor flees Cardassia to Mathenite territory, but continued to use his influence to help the movement.
  • Gul Skrain Dukat joined the CDM during the final stages of the overthrow of the Cardassian Central Command.
  • CDM agents Rhemet and Tehrak represent Cardassia at a negotiation to fight the Dominion.


The movement mobilized for open rebellion in 2372 when, following the dissolution of the Obsidian Order, the movement had a free reign to gather weapons and troops and allied themselves with the Detapa Council and launched an attack which overthrew the Central Command. The new CDM-controlled government was barely able to hold off the Klingon Invasion of Cardassia, and was ultimately wiped out by the Dominion's arrival on Cardassian soil.

The movement joined the Cardassian Rebellion and helped overthrow the Dominion's hold on the Alpha Quadrant at the end of the Dominion War.

(TNG episode: Lower Decks, DS9 episode: Cardassians, Profit and Loss, Second Skin, The Way of the Warrior)

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The Cardassian dissident movement was a illegal political movement formed to restore the power of the civilian Detapa Council over the Cardassian Union. (DS9: "Profit and Loss")

By 2370, Natima Lang had become a secret member of the movement. Due to her involvement she was forced to flee Cardassia. (DS9: "Profit and Loss")

Legate Tekeny Ghemor was one of the key leaders of the dissident movement, until his exposure in 2371 by the Obsidian Order that forced him into exile for the last two years of his life. He was invited in 2373 during the Dominion rule of Cardassia to create a government-in-exile for the Cardassian people, but due to terminal illness was unable to do so. He passed away shortly thereafter. (DS9: "Second Skin", DS9: "Ties of Blood and Water")

His nephew, Alon Ghemor, was another participant in the dissident movement; when Legate Ghemor was exposed, Alon Ghemor was forced to go into hiding. This was not, however, required for Gul Akellen Macet, who was able to disguise the extent of his ties to Ghemor sufficiently that while he was no longer considered promotion material, the Obsidian Order did not attempt to have him fired or executed. (Star Trek: Sigils and Unions--"A Weaver of Lives")

In 2372, the movement succeeded in its mission. Thanks to growing support and the fall of the Obsidian Order the previous year, the dissident movement was able to overthrow Central Command and restore power to the Detapa Council. (DS9: "The Die is Cast", "The Way of the Warrior") In the end, however, this was a hollow victory; when the declared war against Cardassia at the instigation of the Dominion, themselves believing this coup to be a Dominion hoax, Gul Dukat singlehandedly negotiated Cardassia's entry into the Dominion and destroyed any pretense of a democracy. The Detapa Council returned to its previous function--meekly rubber-stamping whatever Central Command did. At least one of its members, Councillor Kotan Pa'Dar was executed when Dukat seized power. (DS9: "By Inferno's Light", Star Trek: Sigils and Unions--"A Weaver of Lives")

Eventually, after the Dominion War, it would be one of the heroes of the dissident movement who would first bring democracy to Cardassia: Alon Ghemor, and Natima Lang would serve as his administration's ambassador. (A Stitch in Time, Star Trek: Sigils and Unions--"A Weaver of Lives")

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