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The D'jarra was a caste system that the Bajoran people adhered to prior to the Occupation of Bajor by the Cardassian Union. All Bajorans were born into a specific D'jarra based on their family, which determined their occupation in their lives. Members of the lower-ranking D'jarra were expected to show both respect and deference to those in the higher ranks. (DS9 episode: "Accession")


The Ohalu Prophecies predicted the end of the D'jarra with the "coming of the gray warriors." (DS9 novel: Avatar, Book One)

The system was indeed abandoned when the Cardassians occupied Bajor, as every Bajoran was expected to fight for their homes, regardless of caste. (DS9 episode: "Accession")

In 2372, when Akorem Laan returned onboard his lightship from the Celestial Temple, he was accepted as the Emissary of the Prophets. Due to the age he lived in, he reinstigated the D'jarra system. This caused a great deal of civil unrest as well as discrimination on Bajor. The return of the D'jarra also sparked a re-evaluation of Bajor's petition to join the Federation, as the Articles of the Federation forbade caste-based discrimination on member worlds. Fortunately, this was avoided when Akorem Laan was returned to his time and Captain Benjamin Sisko of Starfleet resumed the title of Emissary. (DS9 episode: "Accession")

D'jarra ranksEdit

The following is a partial list of D'jarra and their relative rankings:

Prior to the Occupation, the Federation considered the discrimination between members of higher and lower D'jarra an impediment to the Bajorans' advancement as a culture. This and the Federation's secular culture were among the reasons Bajor had no formal relations with their larger neighbor. (TLE - Terok Nor novel: Day of the Vipers)

Mirror UniverseEdit

The d'jarra was also used by the Bajorans of the mirror universe until the invasion of Bajor by the Terran Empire, who destroyed the caste system. When Bajor joined the Alliance, all Bajorans were made equal. Winn Adami often wore the symbol of her d'jarra on her robes, causing some controversy. (ST novel: Dark Passions)

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