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In 2375, under the leadership of Thot Gor, the Breen Confederacy allowed itself to be annexed by the Dominion, joining the Dominion War during that conflict's closing months. Forces from the Breen Confederacy launched an attack upon Earth, the capital planet of the United Federation of Planets, destroying much of Starfleet Headquarters, San Francisco, and other cities on the surface, killing thousands. (DS9 episodes: "Strange Bedfellows", "The Changing Face of Evil"; TNG - Tales of the Dominion War short story: "Eleven Hours Out")
While Breen forces initially led to several Dominion victories due to their energy-dampening weapon, the weapon was later countered, and the Breen later surrendered along with the rest of the Dominion in orbit of Cardassia Prime. The subsequent peace treaty re-established the Breen Confederacy and the Cardassian Union as independent states. (DS9 episode & novelization: What You Leave Behind)
In 2382 the Breen launched an intelligence mission against the United Federation of Planets at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards. The Breen captured information related to the quantum slipstream drive in order to deliver working prototypes to the Typhon Pact members. They began work on a prototype vessel at the colony world of Salavat under tight scrutiny of the Romulan Star Empire and the Gorn Hegemony. The lead researcher of the project, Thot Keer, intentionally kept key research notes from the other powers in order to maintain the Breen's position within the Pact as a leading power. (ST - Typhon Pact novel: Zero Sum Game)
As was the case with most things surrounding the Breen, the nature and operation of their government was a mystery. Noted diplomatic observers had stated that they always dealt with an ever changing cast of lower ranking functionaries. These individuals were also quite reluctant in revealing their identities. The only determining factor in observations of Breen society was that their military officials made the high level decisions and there did not appear to be any civilian government.
Relations between the Federation and the Breen were described as tenuous at best by the year 2360. The territory of the Breen Confederacy resided near that of the Sheliak Corporate. This was a source of conflict between the two empires. (TNG novel: The Buried Age)
They also had some form of conflict with the Romulans with the Breen Confederacy managing to either emulate or steal cloaking technology from the Romulan Star Empire. Despite this hostility between the two, the Romulans never managed to decisively reach the Breen homeworld. (Decipher RPG module: Worlds)
Intelligence reports on Breen society and biology were consistently inconsistent and contradictory. It was only recently that a team of undercover operatives, after they made it inside Breen space, revealed the Breen are in fact several different species working together. The suits employed by the Breen Confederacy were designed to provide every member of the Confederacy an equal chance to have success so that they were not biased against because of their species. Some of the more notable species include the human-like Silwaan; the Fenrisal, whose snouts required the distinctive shape of the Breen helmet; the bloodless Amoniri, who require refrigeration in their suits to prevent evaporation; and the Paclu, whose four-lobed brains defy telepathy.
It is important to note that there was an active dissident movement among the Breen colonies as of 2382, with many members wanting to seek political asylum within the United Federation of Planets. (ST - Typhon Pact novel: Zero Sum Game)
The territory of the Breen Confederacy resided near the Sheliak Corporate. The region of space out past Albireo was beyond the far border of Breen space, however, they had been establishing protectorates there for decades. This was part of a level of expansion spinward after their attempts at expanding anti-spinward were blocked by the Federation. This was a source of conflict between the two empires. (TNG novel: The Buried Age)