Admiral James Leyton in 2372.
|Full Name:||James Leyton|
|Known aliases:||Terence Leyton|
|Affiliation:||United Federation of Planets|
|Occupation:||Officer, Federation Starfleet|
|Previous Assignment:||Starfleet Command, San Francisco, California|
|Assignment:||Incarcerated, New Zealand Penal Settlement|
Early Life and CareerEdit
Admiral Leyton served as Chief of Starfleet Operations in 2372, and had served as Captain on starships such as the USS Okinawa with then-Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Sisko, whom he promoted to the position of executive officer. (TLE novel: Catalyst of Sorrows)
Stance on the DominionEdit
After first contact with the Dominion in late 2370, Admiral Leyton assumed a hawkish policy stance, believing war to be inevitable. Leyton was frustrated by what he perceived as the lax and appeasement-minded defense policies of Federation President Jaresh-Inyo of Grazer. Believing it to be necessary for the protection of the Federation, Admiral Leyton used his position to attempt a coup d'etat in 2372; key officers in the Sol system were reassigned and replaced with officers loyal to Leyton, and his agents faked evidence of a cloaked Dominion fleet entering the Alpha Quadrant.
Members of Starfleet Academy's Red Squad were then ordered to sabotage Earth's planetary power network, allowing Leyton to manipulate Jaresh-Inyo into declaring martial law. With Starfleet officers stationed all across the planet, Leyton intended to oust Jaresh-Inyo and the Federation Council from power, setting himself up as military dictator of the Federation. His plan was thwarted when Captain Sisko uncovered evidence of Red Squad's sabotage, and when the USS Defiant, carrying evidence of the cloaked fleet fraud, engaged in a firefight with the USS Lakota, which Leyton had ordered to destroy the Defiant. The Lakota and Defiant later relinquished their battles, leading to the coup's failure and Leyton's imprisonment. (DS9 episodes: "Homefront", "Paradise Lost", SA comic: "Loyalty Test")
Leyton was sentenced to serve five years at the New Zealand Penal Settlement for his crimes. In 2374, Leyton received a visit from Benjamin Sisko following Sisko's role in tricking the Romulan Star Empire into joining the war against the Dominion. (DS9 novel: Hollow Men)
Leyton's manipulating of Jaresh-Inyo into declaring martial law later proved to be a deciding factor in 2372's presidential election. President Jaresh-Inyo was defeated after only one term by Federation Councillor Min Zife of Bolarus, who had also favored a more militant stance against the Dominion in preparation for the coming war. (ST novel: Articles of the Federation)
In an alternate timeline in which the Cardassian Union never left Bajor and discovered the Bajoran wormhole, Admiral Leyton served as the commander of the fleet that intercepted the Borg in the Battle of Sector 001 and was killed in action. (DS9 - Myriad Universes novel: A Gutted World)
- TNG novel: The Best and the Brightest
- DS9 episode: "Homefront" (First appearance)
- DS9 episode: "Paradise Lost"
The RPG The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon, published by Last Unicorn Games after they had lost their Star Trek licence, states that Leyton's first name is Robert.
Former Star Trek editor Marco Palmieri had announced tentative plans for a Lost Era novel featuring Leyton and the Okinawa crew during the Tzenkethi War. However, there has been no further information about this project since Palmieri left Pocket Books in 2008. Rough Beasts of Empire had several scenes featuring Leyton during the Tzenkethi War.
|USS Okinawa personnel|
|Kozel • James Leyton • Benjamin Sisko • T. Ishmael Snowden|
|Starfleet Operations personnel|
|Chief of Starfleet Operations||Mattea Hahn • Chris Richards • James T. Kirk • James Leyton • Yoshi Fukazima|
|Other personnel||Greg Agalsoff • Carstairs • Yoshi Fukazima • Mattea Hahn • James T. Kirk • James Leyton • Gregory Quinn • Chris Richards • Kevin Riley • Santin • N.J. Weiland|