- For other uses, see Cardassia.
CARDASSIA: The last world ravaged by the Dominion War is also the last on which Miles O'Brien ever imagined building a life. As he joins in the reconstruction of Cardassia's infrastructure, his wife Keiko spearheads the planet's difficult agricultural renewal. But Cardassia's struggle to remake itself -- from the fledgling democracy backed by Elim Garak to the people's rediscovery of their own spiritual past -- is not without opposition, as the outside efforts to help rebuild its civilization come under attack by those who reject any alien influence.
Miles and Keiko O'Brien are on Cardassia, assisting with a project at Andak to make a barren area fertile. However, although they have the support of Alon Ghemor, many members of the funding committee prefer a similar project at Setekh which has military applications so O'Brien travels to the capital to argue their case.
In his absence, Vedek Yevir visits the project. However, in the middle of his speech to the crowd, Nyra, the teenage daughter of one of the Cardassian scientists, produces a bomb and threatens to detonate it if the government is not disbanded, the Oralian Way banned and all aliens expelled.
O'Brien and Macet head back to Andak to try and resolve the situation. Yevir manages to win Nyra's trust, telling her of how Bajor survived its own occupation, and stops her detonating the bomb when Macet's troops storm the building.
Garak realizes that Nyra has been used as a pawn by the True Way and contacts Legate Korven, a member of the group who he "broke" while working with the Obsidian Order. Korvan tells him another leading member is Entor, an opponent of the Andak Project, and Garak and Ghemor are able to blackmail him into voting with them. Garak also learns that Ghemor's assistant Jartek manufactured the whole incident, feeding Korven and Entor information in order to precipitate a crisis and allow Ghemor to be hailed as a hero for resolving it, and warns him never to try anything without telling him again.
- Lamerat Anjen • Charles Drury • Merak Entor • Elim Garak • Alon Ghemor • Jack Emmett • Mev Jartek • Kira Nerys • Korven • Feric Lakhat • Akellen Macet • Nyra Maleren • Tela Maleren • Naithe • Neret • Keiko O'Brien • Kirayoshi O'Brien • Miles O'Brien • Molly O'Brien • Remar • Teris Juze • Yevir Linjarin
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- Julian Bashir • Corat Damar • Skrain Dukat • Ekosha • Odo • Oralius • Shoggoth • Benjamin Sisko • Enabran Tain • Tarinas • Weyoun
- Andak • Andak Mountains • Cardassia • Cardassia City • Cardassian sun • Victory Square
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- Bajor • Deep Space 9 • Earth • Empok Nor • Lakarian City • Sarpedion V • Setekh
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- Andak Project • Cardassian Guard • Cardassian Union • Directorate • Federation News Service • Interstellar Agricultural Aid Commission • Setekh Project • Starfleet • Starfleet Corps of Engineers • Oralian Way • Technological Appropriations Committee • True Way • United Federation of Planets
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- Cardassian Science Academy • Cultural Conservation Committee • Cultural Restoration and Reconstruction Commission • Department of Rhetorical Administration • Obsidian Order • Starfleet Intelligence • Twelfth Order
- aramanth • Attainder • Bajoran religion • Battle of Cardassia • canka nut • Castellan of the Cardassian Union • Dominion War • drokna • enigma tale • gul • holodrama • holosuite • kai • kanar • kotra • legate • meya lily • Occupation of Bajor • pagh • poker • Prime Directive • raktajino • redleaf tea • Relief of Rakantha • School • school bell • temperature modulator • transporter • Tzeka fever • vedek • xenosociology
- This novel was written by Una McCormack. It is the first of two stories in Worlds of Deep Space Nine, Volume One. The second story contained in this book is Andor: Paradigm
- The Cardassians at the start and the end of the novel are not identified, although McCormack has called them "The Gentlemen". (Voyages of Imagination)
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