Of all the dramatic events in galactic history, few are more dramatic, both for good and for ill, than war. War shows us the most brutal, horrifying side of humanoid existence, while simultaneously presenting some of the best opportunities of heroism, bravery, compassion, and sacrifice on behalf of a just cause. The Dominion War was no exception. The most significant even in the recent history of the Alpha Quadrant, it pitteda powerful, unmerciful foe bent on conquest against the might of the Federation, Klingons, and Romulans. (DWS).
2734: Operation Return: Captain Ben Sisko created a bold plan. To take elements of the Second, Fifth, and Ninth fleets, and use them to execute a four pronged attack on DS9 to retake the station and resecure the worm hole, and stop the Dominion from removing the mines that hold back Dominion reinforcements. His plan also relied heavily on Klingon support, but due to Chancellor Gowron's refusal to assist, and the Ninth fleet being out of place to execute the plan, Sisko chose to proceed without two critical pieces of the puzzle. In this version of the Trek universe, the Federation of Planets is a thing of recent history. In our universe, the Federation of Planets has fallen to the Dominion as a result of the Dominion War. With the mine field only 8 hours away from detonation, Sisko was running out of time. The Federation fleet engaged a joint Dominion/Cardassian fleet of 1254 ships lightyears away from the station in a battle to prevent the plan from succeeding before it even began. During the battle, the USS Defiant was the only ship to slip through the Cardassian lines, and alone, Sisko proceeded to DS-9. The divergence from cannon occurs during the Episode arch (Favor the Bold / Sacrifice of Angels), when the Prophets prevented a large Dominion fleet from exiting the alpha quadrant side of the wormhole. In our universe, this never occurred. The Dominion Fleet indeed did come through the worm hole, and the tide of war shifted in favor of the Dominion/Cardassian alliance. Deep Space Nine was destroyed, along with the Defiant in defense of Bajor.
Bajor was the first to fall. The Federation’s task force took heavy losses against the Cardassian/Dominion fleet, and the support to hold the station simply was not there. With a newly fortified hold on the wormhole, the Dominion’s war machine flexed its might, and within six months the Dominion made a run for Sol. For six months the Federation had been pummeled on all fronts, including major losses in the Bolian and Betazoid sectors, but any significant incursion into their space hadn’t been attempted. Losses continued to mount on the front lines, as the Federation tried time and again to re-take the Bajor Sector and the wormhole.
Then again, Wolf 359 stepped into the history books as the Federation Armada made its stand against the Dominion fleet bound for Sol. The odds were similar to those faced by the Sisko's taskforce, a 2 to 1 advantage enjoyed by the Dominion. The battle was costly, and as a result, crippled the Federation of Planets' ability to further engage the Dominion in any directly offensive way for the remainder of the war. With the Federation fleet destroyed, the Dominion successfully engaged the Sol defense fleet, and took Earth.
The fall of their capital left the Federation fleet disorganized, and the Dominion left them little time to regroup. Within a week, Andoria and Vulcan were both in Dominion hands, effectively collapsing the United Federation of Planets… In early 2735, Sol fell to the Dominion, and nearly a week later, it was reported that the Dominion had major footholds on both Vulcan and Andoria. By April 19th, 2735, Starfleet Admiral David Nash, onboard the Federation Flagship Sekigahara, issued the following statement across emergency channels:
"The situation is grave, and I am not optmistic of a successful venture at this point. It does my heart serious injury to have to be the one to give this order, but I fear that I may be the last of authority to do so, and I cannot in good conscience delay any longer. I, Admiral David Nash of Starfleet Command do hereby issue the following direct order: all aggressions are to be ceased, and all hostilities ended against the Dominion. This battle is lost, and our efforts only cause further death and destruction. I beseech you to lay down your arms, and go peacably into this new frontier. We have lost the battle, and for our own survival, must postpone the war. Accept that what is to come, but only on the surface. Be ever vigilant, because even though our mighty Federation of Planets may disappear, it cannot be totally destoryed while you live. To each of you, I charge this last duty, as officers of Starfleet: to find an opportunity, that moment in time when the Dominion shows it weakness, and when that time comes, join together, and in the name of a fallen Federation, strike true at the very heart of the beast to declare freedom and sovereignty once again... and until that time comes, survive."
This was two years ago.
Today the former territories of the Federation are suppressed under Cardassian boot, under the umbrella of the Dominion. Most citizens are having to adjust to life under the Cardassian caste system, and though some manage to do so quite peacefully, the streets of the major cities have become places of public execution, corporal punishment, poverity. The once golden civilization of the United Federation of Planets, where equality and peace reigned, is replaced by a world in which the shadows belong to the Obsidian Order. Nightmare has become reality, as utopia bends to dystopia.
But still some fight!
Pockets of freedom fighters continue to press on against the Dominion hand that holds them. Much like the Bajorians in their bid for independence against the Cardassian Union, these freedom fighters are isolated groups of refugees: disenfranchised, separated, and often ignorant of each other. They fight, knowing the odds. They fight to bring freedom for their families and friends. They fight to liberate their homeland, in remembrance of a once glorious and powerful Federation… Because they will not be subjugated. Because they have not given up hope.
This roleplay will focus on the resistance based around the Paulson Nebula, near the Klingon and Romulan borders. Depending on interest, the storyline may develop around several different groups.
I want to start off by telling you all that this roleplay will be focusing on character interaction and story development. Submission of a CS to this roleplay is taken to signify that you have read and understood the following conditions:
1.) You will follow and abide by all Roleplayer Guild rules / regulations.
2.) You will conduct yourself as an adult. This means that in the event of a conflict, you will abide by the decision of the conflict moderator be it myself, or a member of the management team.
Appearance: (A picture is fine, but please also provide a descriptive paragraph)
Biography: (any prior Fleet experience? Rank?? Their reason for fighting??? Any personal fallout from the Fall of the Federation? (Did someone die? Did they lose a business?? Something else of value. Why are they fighting??) Life prior to the fall? Life afterwards?) **these are ideas, just flesh the character out.
Skills/Training: (If a fleeter, what branch/department where they? How long?)
Personality: (Please keep in mind that this roleplay is set in a very dark time for the Federation. )