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In 2371, Starfleet lieutenant-turned Maquis terrorist Thomas Riker led a team of six onto Deep Space 9 and stole the USS Defiant and took Major Kira Nerys hostage. He then ordered the ship to Orias III and explained to Nerys that Starfleet Intelligence believed that Orias III was the platform in which a new Cardassian war fleet was being constructed for an attack on Federation space. The Maquis however were willing to trust the information enough to take the ship there.
Riker initially succeeded in bringing the ship into the range of the planet, but was pursued by two Cardassian warship groups; one from behind and were loyal to Gul Skrain Dukat, the other loyal to the Obsidian Order. Riker knew the situation was hopeless and surrendered himself to the Cardassians along with sensor information on the Orias system from the Defiant's sensors in exchange for letting his crew return to Federation space safely. Though it seemed the Order would be exposed as having a secret war machine, the investigation was quickly shut down and no further inquiry was made into what was being hidden in the system. (DS9 episode: "Defiant")
Later that year, it was discovered that the Maquis suspicions were correct. However there were several details Riker was wrong about; first the Romulan Tal Shiar were involved, and the target was the Founder's homeworld in the Omarion Nebula as a permanent solution to the growing threat off the Dominion. Former-Obsidian Order head Enabran Tain was the mastermind behind the invasion and was supported by Tal Shiar field-leader Colonel Lovok. The attack was launched but it was discovered Lovok was a Changeling and had tricked both intelligence agencies into using all of their resources into the attack on the-now abandoned planet. The fleet of twenty warships was destroyed, yet there were a handful of survivors that were later rescued. Orias's military installation was discovered following the dissolution of the Order and was dismantled, leaving the planet abandoned. (DS9 episodes: "Improbable Cause", "The Die is Cast")
After the Dominion War, a Cardassian colony was founded on the planet's surface and protected by the Romulans. In 2376, former Section 31 agent Dr. Ethan Locken planned to launch a plague-carrying missile at the planet, but he was killed before the missile could be launched. (DS9 - Section 31 novel: Abyss)
|planets visited by ships named Defiant|
|USS Defiant (NCC-1764)||Golmira • Traelus II|
|USS Defiant (NX-74205) (I)||2371||Karemma • Callinon VII • Founders' homeworld • Trill • Cardassia • Meridian • Orias III • Earth|
|2372||Bajor • Cha'Xirrac • Free Haven • Vandros IV • class L planet crash site • New Founder homeworld|
|2373||Torga IV • Ajilon Prime • Cardassia • Solosos III • Gaia IV|
|2374||Argolis Cluster planet • Chin'toka planets|
|USS Defiant (NX-74205) (II)||Europa Nova • Torona IV • Narendra III • Vahni Vahltupali homeworld • Prentara • Luthia • Bajor|
|Defiant (mirror universe)||Bajor|
|Zeta Andromedae sector block|
|Arawath sector||Arawath (Arawath) • Bavar • Kalesta (Kalesta III) • Lahra (Lahra Prime) • Zenas Expanse|
|Kora sector||B'lii • Mirish (Mirish Prime) • Oradhe (Eta Oradhe 70) • TRD 071944|
|Orias sector||Crown (Crown IV) • Enocha (Enocha Prime) • Orias (Orias III) • Phi (Phi II)|
|Vanden sector||Goralis (Goralis III) • Mec • Mryax (Mryax 40) • Vanden (Vanden Prime) • Vestalan (Vestalan Prime) • Zenas Expanse|