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The Dominion War was a conflict fought between 2373 and 2375. The Dominion was a major political power in the Gamma Quadrant, who allied with the Cardassian Union (and later, the Breen) in an effort to "bring order" to the Alpha Quadrant. The Federation and the Klingon Empire, along with the Romulan Star Empire, formed an alliance to repel these forces.




The massive Dominion buildup in Cardassian space began in mid-2373. Within a few weeks, the Jem'Hadar had forced the Klingons out of Cardassian space and eliminated the Maquis. (DS9 episodes: "In Purgatory's Shadow", "By Inferno's Light", "Blaze of Glory")

The Federation's Deep Space 9 space station located in the Bajor sector served as a major staging point for many battles during the war.

Open War

Also see: The Dominion War Timeline

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Both sides suffered heavy loses in the war. Following the conflict the Federation's resources were spread thin not just in reconstruction of member worlds but also in aiding independent worlds affected by the war (seeking new allies and members in the process) and even aiding enemy worlds from the war, providing substantial assistance to help Cardassia recover from the final attacks from the Dominion. (DS9 novel: Avatar)

List of Conflicts

The Dominion War spread throughout much of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants and included numerous battles, these included:

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In the span of the Dominion War numerous stories take place in the Star Trek universe, some dealing specifically with the war include:

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Invasion! was a massive crossover event in the DC Universe published in 1989, plotted by Keith Giffen. It features a massive Alien Alliance led by the war-like Dominators and Khunds intent on wiping out humanity to destroy all of Earth's metahumans. This all-out assault on superheroes led to a war consuming the entire world, and ramifications throughout the universe. The story was primarily published in three core issues, with tie-ins appearing in all regular monthly titles at the time.


After extensive research, a coalition of super-scientist Dominators and their warlike allies the Khunds determine that humanity poses a threat to the rest of the universe. Although most other alien species are rather consistent and predictable, the amount of genetic diversity present in the human race has made them too powerful to allow continued existence. There is a strand in human DNA called the "meta-gene" that allows them to develop extraordinary powers under duress, and become superheroes, whose presence must be eradicated before it becomes unstoppable. An Alien Alliance is formed from many prominent civilizations on a number of worlds, all of whom agree that the metahuman threat must be wiped out. Dissenters are imprisoned in a great Starlag. Assembling a fleet of hundreds of warships, the Alliance travels to Earth and makes their message clear in a great invasion. All superheroes must be surrendered to them peacefully, or the nations of the world will be completely obliterated in the struggle to take them forcefully. United Nations representatives from across the world meet to deliberate on the Crisis, and never have they all agreed so forcefully or spoken with such a singular voice. They tell the aliens to drop dead.[1]

In the First Strike, war rages across the world as heroes and villains alike fight to protect their homeland. Facing global genocide, many of the warriors are forced into a more serious and deadly arena of combat than ever before. Finally, a summit is held coordinating Earth's superhuman forces. Captain Atom is the commander of all metahuman forces, Amanda Waller is in charge of intelligence and coordinating supervillains, Wade Eiling is placed in charge of the military and Maxwell Lord acts as official liaison to Justice League International. The tides turn in favor of the heroes, as this rallying point gets them organized enough to start kicking ass and hitting where it hurts. Rioting at Starlag led by Vril Dox and the Omega Men overthrows the guards at the cost of many casualties. Realizing that they are on the wrong side of the war, the Daxamites ally with earth command and turn on their collaborators, leading to a complete victory. It is a day of great triumph for our planet, as for once the many nations of the world were able to put aside their differences and unite against an external threat.[2]


Meta-Gene explanation

The largest effect that Invasion! had on the DC Universe was the introduction of the concept of metahumans. There is a genetic trait that allows for the development of superpowers should something activate it. This explanation for why so many people are imbued with superpowers is now commonplace, used for many characters both good and evil. It has become the standard explanation. This has also led to a good deal of retconning origin stories. Many characters have been found to possess the meta-gene since then, which often adds a layer of credibility to otherwise dubious origin stories, even for comic books. For example, the Flash supposedly gained powers when he was hit by chemicals and a bolt of lightning. Revised origins would indicate that these chemicals did not give him his abilities, but rather helped him unlock recessive powers that were already there.

Another massive retcon is established for the Legion of Super-Heroes mythos. The many races that make up the United Planets are often criticized as being too human-like to prevent a realistic view of alien diversity. Despite the fact that they are supposed to be different species, almost all of them look and act exactly like humans but with the addition of a single superpower. It is revealed that this is because they are all descended from humans. Some months after the Crisis, Valor discovers that Dominators are still abducting humans and conducting experiments. After rescuing a large population of metahumans, they decide that the best path would be to go out and colonize new worlds instead of continue leading the invaders back to their home planet. As such, a large number of people with ice powers build new homes on Tharr, future home of Polar Boy, and so on. Many aliens in the time of the Legion are really metahumans after a millennium of breeding, which explains a lot.[3]

Doom Patrol was rebooted by the crisis. Grant Morrison was coming onto the ongoing title, and previous writer Paul Kupperberg agreed to bring the line-up along towards only the characters he wanted to use. Many of the existing teammates had to be gotten rid of. Celsius died in the fighting, Karma left shortly prior to avoid incarceration, Lodestone fell into a coma, Negative Woman lost her powers, and Scott Fischer succumbs to his cancer. Morrison's run starts in the immediate aftermath with the Crawling from the Wreckage storyline, and would go on to be considered one of the best in the team's history.[4]

The L.E.G.I.O.N. was borne entirely from the invasion. Silver Age character Brainiac 2[5] was taken from obscurity and updated as an adult. He teams up with a number of other Starlag prisoners, including the Durlan, Garryn Bek, Lyrissa Mallor and Strata to form an intergalactic police force. This team has a lot of connections to the future Legion of Super-Heroes by lineage and by theme.

Blasters were another team specifically designed to come out of the story. A group of metahumans from all over the world brought together by common origins... the death gauntlet used for research by the Dominators. They included Crackpot, Dust Devil, Frag, Jolt, Looking Glass, and the Justice League's old sidekick Snapper Carr. They formed their own team that would go on to further adventures, and also picked up an alien named Churljenkins who became Snapper's girlfriend, a rogue Dominator named Gunther, and Dust Devil's overprotective mother Mrs. Levy.[6]



The primary storyline was told throughout the eponymous miniseries Invasion! which consisted of three issues each of which were 80-Page Giants. This provides the backbone for the event with all of the important plot points, and can be read alone in its entirety to understand the story. The crossovers function as further insight into the story, providing a more detailed look at the actions of the individual characters and teams during the Crisis. Tie-in stories were divided into First Strike and Aftermath.

Core Issues

First Strike

Following the actual physical invasion that took place after the first issue, these stories strictly took place in between Invasion! #1 and Invasion! #2, providing a look at how heroes around the world were dealing with the Alien Alliance individually and in small groups before they actually got organized. These are the stories that the event is primarily known for, featuring the actual war themselves. Most of them end with the cease-fire, and the super-hero summit.

First Strike


These issues take place between Invasion! #2 and Invasion! #3 dealing with fallout from the main battle against the aliens. Although the heroes had recently made their victory, which appeared final at the time... they would still face the last ditch efforts of the Gene Bomb meant to completely decimate them. Aftermath tie-ins cleared up loose ends in the storyline before moving on to the conclusion of the event in the core issues. Interestingly, they still take place right after the technical middle of the story.




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Invasion! Crossover
The events from this issue or series are related to Invasion!, during which an Alien Alliance led by the hostile super-scientist Dominators invades the Earth in an attempt to exterminate humanity. They wish to eliminate the metagene, for fear that the unpredictable nature of earthlings could destroy them in the future.
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Dominion War
The Federation fleet advances to engage the Dominion
Start date 2373
End date 2375
Place(s) Alpha and Beta Quadrants
Result Federation Alliance victory
Federation Alliance Dominion
Various including General Martok, Admiral William Ross, Captain Benjamin Sisko Various including Female Changeling, Weyoun, Gul Dukat, Legate Damar, Thot Gor, Thot Pran
unknown unknown
material losses
unknown unknown
unknown 800+ million Cardassians, unknown Dominion and Breen losses

The Dominion War was a conflict fought between the Federation Alliance and the Dominion in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants from 2373 to 2375. The war was fought by the Dominion to extend the will of the Founders over the two quadrants, while the alliance battled to remain free from Dominion influence.



The Dominion fleet enters the Alpha Quadrant

After a three year campaign to weaken the major Alpha quadrant powers the Dominion managed to gain a significant foothold in the quadrant after striking a deal with Gul Dukat that resulted in the Cardassian Union joining the Dominion. With a base of operations in the Alpha Quadrant the Dominion started to send large convoys of warships and troops to secure their new dominion and prepare for the inevitable war against the Federation and Klingon Empire. (DS9: "In Purgatory's Shadow", "By Inferno's Light", "Call to Arms")

In an effort to halt the build up of Dominion forces the Federation took drastic measures. With approval from Starfleet Command Captain Benjamin Sisko mined the Alpha Quadrant side of the Bajoran wormhole cutting the vital supply line between the Dominion's presence in the Cardassian union and its industrial base in the Gamma Quadrant. (DS9: "Call to Arms")

The Dominion war begins

The Dominion fleet begins the war with their attack on Deep Space 9.

The opening battle occurred at Deep Space 9 when the Dominion fleet attacked the Federation run starbase to stop the completion of the minefield. At the same time a joint Starfleet-Klingon Defense Force task force crossed into the union and attacked the shipyards at Torros III. The results were a victory for each attacking side, however the Federation come out better in the two engagements with the minefield completed and a larger number of Dominion vessels destroyed. (DS9: "Call to Arms"; Star Trek: Swiftfire: "Deployment")

The Dominion went immediately onto the offensive extending their borders. At the same time Starfleet continued to reinforce its positions to defend against the Dominion. (DS9: "Valiant"; Star Trek: Swiftfire: "Deployment", "The Front")

The opening months of the war were not positive for the Federation and Klingons. While they won several minor engagements the bulk of the larger engagements resulted in Dominion victories. The Dominion's aggressive tactics and its willingness to throw everything into its engagements with little concern for the loss of life (including that of civilians) managed to push the Federation and Klingon forces further back into their own territories. (Star Trek: Swiftfire: "The Front", "Regression", "Over the Horizon", "Moral Actions")

Three months into the war the morale for the Federation and Klingons was low with the constant retreats and high losses such as those suffered by the Seventh Fleet at the Battle of Tyra. (DS9: "A Time to Stand"; Star Trek: The Adventures of Argus; Star Trek: Swiftfire: "Pressure Points")

Dominion and Federation forces meet during Operation Return.

This low morale would finally be turned around with Operation Return. In a crucial victory for the allies they not only routed a numerically superior Dominion fleet but they regained Deep Space 9 and effectively ended any hopes of Gamma Quadrant reinforcements for the Dominion forces for the rest of the war. (DS9: "Favor the Bold", "Sacrifice of Angels"; Star Trek: Swiftfire: "Rode the 600")

The war entered a brief lull as the Dominion reorganised after losing Deep Space 9. During this time the Dominion approached the Federation for a diplomatic settlement to the war, which would prove to be a ploy. After the negotiations failed the tempo of the war increased. (DS9: "Statistical Probabilities"; Star Trek: Swiftfire: "No Rest for the Wicked")

The Dominion fleet won a crucial victory in the Battle of Betazed late in 2374. This victory was a big loss to the Federation as well as placing several important core worlds at risk to Dominion invasion. In a desperate move Starfleet sanctioned a plan to lure the Romulan Star Empire into the war on the Federation's side. In an operation spearheaded by Captain Sisko with the help of former Obsidian Order agent, Elim Garak it was a success and the Romulans broke their treaty with the Dominion and entered the war. (DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight")

The Battle of Chin'toka, one of the greatest Allied victories of the war.

With a third front opened the newly formed Federation Alliance gained the advantage over the Dominion. The Dominion's forces now spread out gave it the opportunity to take the war into the Cardassian's backyard. Captain Sisko was again given the task of planning the operation and chose the Chin'toka system. In a brief but somewhat costly battle for the alliance, they captured the system. (DS9: "Tear of the Prophets"; Star Trek: Swiftfire: "Into the Fire")

The Breen alongside their Dominion allies at Chin'toka


The capital city on Cardassia Prime at the end of the war.

All the powers involved suffered significant losses during the war. In particular the Cardassian Union, which suffered huge casualties both militarily and to its civilian population and was occupied by the Federation Alliance. The military forces of the alliance suffered heavily, the Klingon Defense Force would need decades to replace its losses. (DS9: "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges", "What You Leave Behind")

Major battles of the Dominion War
Second Battle of Deep Space 9 (2373) | Battle of Torros III (2373) | Battle of Sector 432 (2374) | Battle of Guyra (2374) | Battle of Rumarda (2374) | Battle of Tyra (2374) | Raid on Sector 432 (2374) | Operation Blue Room (2374) | First Battle of Vulcanis (2374) | Operation Return (2374) | Kalandra Offensive (2374) | Battle of Betazed (2374) | Second Battle of Vulcanis (2374) | Battle of Benzar (2374) | Battle of Sybaron (2374) | Liberation of Benzar (2374) | Battle of the Tibor Nebula (2374) | Raid on Tohvun (2374) | Third Battle of Vulcanis (2374) | First Battle of Chin'toka (2374) | Battle of Ricktor Prime (2375) | Battle of Chudala (2375) | Kalandra Campaign (2375) | Invasion of Septimus III (2375) | Breen Attack on Earth/Raid on San Francisco (2375) | Second Battle of Chin'toka (2375) | Battle of the Three Suns (2375) | Liberation of Betazed (2375) | Battle of Getha (2375) | Battle of Cardassia (2375)

Other battles

Associated Events

Federation wars
First Federation-Klingon War | Four Years War | Federation-Cardassian War | Federation-Tholian War | Federation-Tzenkethi War | Federation-Dominion Cold War | Second Federation-Klingon War | Dominion War | Federation-Alliance War
Alternate timelines
Andromedan War (Star Fleet Battles) | Doomsday War (New Voyages) | Federation Civil War (Pendragon) | Federation-Gorn Conflict (Pendragon) | Federation-Romulan War (Pioneer) | Four Powers War (Star Fleet Battles) | General War (Star Fleet Battles) | Kelvan War (Orion Press)

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