The Detapa Council of the Cardassian Union, also known as the Citizens Council, is the civilian governing body of the Cardassian Union. In times past, the Council theoretically controlled Cardassian Central Command and the Obsidian Order, but in reality Central Command and the Order controlled the Union and the Council had very little power. There are eleven seats on the Council. (DS9 episodes: "Defiant", "The Way of the Warrior")
In 2372, shortly after the fall of the Order, the Council overthrew Central Command and established control over the government. When the Klingon Empire invaded Cardassia, the Council was evacuated and given temporary shelter aboard Deep Space 9. (DS9 episode: "The Way of the Warrior")
By 2389, Elim Garak was a member of the council. While being interviewed by reporter Jake Sisko, Garak expressed hope that the council would not revert to the pure military ways that were used by the Cardassian Union in the past. He was also cryptic regarding the six ships the Detapa Council had sent to help the United Federation of Planets in Romulan relief efforts. (ST website: The Path to 2409)
Due to the continuous political upheaval affecting Cardassia in the last few decades, the formal title for the head of the Detapa Council has varied. Previous titles used by the Cardassian head of government have been First Speaker and Chief Executor. The current Cardassian governmental leader is known as the Castellan.
|Interstellar states||Detapa Council (Cardassian Union) • Economic Congress of Advisors (Ferengi Alliance) • Federation Council • Klingon High Council • Imperial Senate, Praetorate, Tricameron (Romulan Star Empire) • Organian Council of Elders|
|Federation members||Parliament Andoria • Chamber of Ministers (Bajor) • Grand Moot (Vissia Prime) • Quorum of Bole (Bolarus) • United Earth Parliament • Zamestaad (Mestiko) • Triexian Curia (Triex) • Trill Senate • Vulcan Council|