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The Demilitarized Zone (or DMZ) was an area of space established as a buffer zone between the United Federation of Planets and the Cardassian Union in 2370. Neither side was permitted to deploy armed starships or establish military bases in the Zone. Also, the border between the two powers was redrawn, resulting in some Federation colonies being turned over to Cardassian control, and vice-versa. The colonists on the affected planets were given the option of resettlement, though most refused. (TNG episode: "Journey's End")

Many civilian colonists objected to the transfer of control and secretly armed themselves, violating the terms that established the DMZ. In response, the Cardassians began secretly shipping weapons to their colonists in the DMZ to oust the Federation colonists. In response, the Federation colonists banded together as the Maquis to free themselves from Cardassian control. Many Federation citizens, including Starfleet officers, sympathized with the Maquis cause and secretly provided aid. (DS9 episodes: "The Maquis, Part I", "The Maquis, Part II"; TNG episode: "Preemptive Strike")

The Cardassian and Federation colonists continued to fight each other until 2373, when the Cardassian Union joined the Dominion. (DS9 episode: "By Inferno's Light") The Jem'Hadar quickly overran the Demilitarized Zone, wiping out the Maquis. (DS9 episode: "Blaze of Glory")

The Jenatris Corridor was partly located within the Demilitarized Zone.

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The Demilitarized Zone before the war.

The Demilitarized Zone (shortened to DMZ) was an area of space created between Federation and Cardassian Union space, as per the terms of the 2370 Federation-Cardassian Treaty. The zone was a "no man's land", or neutral area, where no armed starships could travel or starbases could be set-up.

In drafting the zone, the border between the two powers shifted, placing colonies of either power on the other side of the border. Both powers offered the colonists the option to resettle on a planet within their own government's area, but most colonists refused. (TNG: "Journey's End")

Unhappy with the decisions of the Federation and threatened by the secretive and illegal shipment of weapons to Cardassian colonists by their government, Federation colonists created a group called the Maquis, their goal to gain independence from the Cardassians. Some factions within the Federation and Starfleet supported the cause, and, like their Cardassian counterparts, provided weapons and other aid. (DS9: "The Maquis, Part I", "The Maquis, Part II"; TNG: "Preemptive Strike")

Between 2370 and 2373, the Maquis movement grew, with hostilities flaring into a war and terrorist campaign against the Cardassians. The Cardassian government responded in kind, but, in 2372, became distracted by the Klingon-Cardassian War. With the Cardassians' attention turned away from them, the Maquis grew more successful, and, by 2373, were ready to declare their colonies independent. (DS9: "For the Cause", "Blaze of Glory")

In 2373, the Cardassian Union joined the Dominion, and the Jem'Hadar occupied the DMZ. Shortly thereafter, with war declared between the Federation and Dominion, the zone was no longer. The Dominion also crushed the Maquis movement concurrently. (DS9: "By Inferno's Light", "Blaze of Glory"; VOY: "Hunters", "Extreme Risk")

Pendragon Timeline

In the "Pendragon universe", events transpired quite differently, yet with similar ultimate results.

After the Klingon invasion of Cardassia in 2372, the Federation became embroiled in internal conflict and was unable to intervene in the Klingon-Cardassian War. Recovering from their setback at Deep Space Nine, the Klingon fleet regrouped and pressed their advantage all the way to Cardassia Prime. Under orders from the false General Martok, the Klingons bombarded the planet with mass drivers, decimating the population to "eliminate the Changeling threat."

Many of the Cardassian survivors fled into the Demilitarized Zone, seeking refuge. The Klingons pursued them into the DMZ and forcibly annexed not only Cardassian colonies but also several former Federation worlds controlled by the Maquis.

The Maquis once again found themselves fighting for their homes, and some even allied with the Cardassian survivors against the common enemy. But the Klingons began an indiscriminate purge, wiping out Cardassians and Maquis alike, along with anyone else who stood in their way.

By 2373 Cardassia and the DMZ were almost fully under Klingon control. Some of the surviving Maquis went into hiding in the Badlands, and some carried on terrorist actions against the Klingons, just as they had against the Cardassians. However, the machinations of the Founders operating in the Klingon Empire did more to destablize the situation than any Maquis strike.

By late 2373, the Great Houses had fallen into a state of feudal conflict, and many outposts in the DMZ were abandoned. The remaining Klingons were more concerned with their own conflicts than in actively quashing the Maquis. And so Michael Eddington and Cal Hudson made an overture to Captain Benjamin Sisko - Maquis help in the war effort against Leyton's forces in return for Federation aid in removing the Klingons from the DMZ. Sisko presented the offer to Admiral William Ross, who agreed to the proposal. Eddington and the Maquis entered the Federation Civil War and were instrumental in successfully retaking Earth and ending the conflict in early 2374.

In the aftermath, however, the Federation Council adopted Admiral Nechayev's isolationist policies and backed out of the agreement with Eddington, once again turning their backs on the Maquis worlds.

Hudson and Eddington returned to the DMZ and tried to rally the colonists and Cardassian survivors into an offensive against the Klingons. Their plans were crushed when the House of Duras massacred the colony on Cervalis V, killing 60,000 men, women and children.

Over the next five years, anarchy reigned in the Demilitarized Zone. Mercenaries and privateers constantly plagued the few functioning colonies, and the Orion Syndicate also took an interest in the area. Certain elements in the Romulan Star Empire also sought to gain control of the DMZ, and Tal Shiar abducted Cardassian and Maquis survivors to serve in covert labor camps.

When the new Federation President sought to reverse the "Nechayev doctrine" that had been in effect since the war, Starfleet made plans to send a vessel into the Demilitarized Zone as an "olive branch" to help restore order to the area. In 2379, the new USS Pendragon was tasked with that mission, under the command of Captain Timothy Sinclair.

A short while after the Pendragon's mission began, Captain Sinclair made contact with Michael Eddington who was then serving as governor of the Volan colonies. He introduced Sinclair to the Cardassian refugee camp on Volan II, led by former Gul Akellen Macet.

Star systems and planets in/near the DMZ

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