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The True Way were a Cardassian terrorist group that believed the Federation was the biggest threat to the Cardassian Union. They also considered Bajor to be an enemy as well. (DS9 episodes: "Our Man Bashir", "Crossfire")


In the late 2350s, during his time in the Obsidian Order, Elim Garak infiltrated the True Way, learning that Korven, a former Legate was the nominal leader of the True Way. Garak did not have Korven arrested, feeling he would need to call in favors from Korven in the future. Having been tortured by Garak and warned he had narrowly escaped execution, Korven was not likely to do anything to draw attention to himself or the True Way. (DS9 novel: Cardassia: The Lotus Flower)

In 2372, they planted an explosive device aboard the USS Orinoco, which detonated and destroyed the runabout near Deep Space 9. The True Way announced it was responsible soon after. (DS9 episode: "Our Man Bashir")

Several months later, the True Way assassinated two Bajoran officials. They later attempted to assassinate Shakaar Edon using their operative aboard Deep Space 9. (DS9 episode: "Crossfire")

Following the Cardassian Union's entry into the Dominion, the True Way's members were arrested and presumably executed. This was quite ironic, as the entry into the Dominion terminated all of Cardassia's relations with the Federation, as the True Way had wished for. Korven survived the purge. (DS9 novel: Cardassia: The Lotus Flower)

In 2376, a year after the decimation of Cardassia at the end of the Dominion War, the True Way used Nyra Maleren, a young Cardassian girl in an attempt to destabilize the Andak Project. Equipped with an explosive device she issued demands on behalf of the True Way. She was talked out of detonating the bomb by Yevir Linjarin. (DS9 novel: Cardassia: The Lotus Flower)

At the same time, Garak visited Korven, who explained to him that the True Way had been reforming since Alon Ghemor became Castellan. The True Way opposed the new democracy on Cardassia and believed it was holding back the rebuilding of the planet following the war. Korven was also forced to reveal that Merak Entor, a member of the Directorate, once served under him. Garak believed there was little evidence to connect Entor to the True Way, but would be embarrasing enough to get the Directorate to stop opposing the Andak Project. It was later discovered that Mev Jartek, advisor to Castellan Ghemor, had secretly leaked information to the True Way, hoping they would make a move so they could be discredited. (DS9 novel: Cardassia: The Lotus Flower)

The True Way emerged once more in 2383 to denounce the resurgence of the Oralians, a religious group that dated back to the Hebitian civilization and was previously outlawed. By 2409, they had become deeply rooted in Cardassian space, waging a campaign of terror and fear throughout the region in an attempt to expel the Federation, and to return Cardassia to its old ways. In 2409, Empok Nor was used as the headquarters for the True Way. (STO video game: Star Trek Online)

By the late 2380s the True Way was lead by Gul Madred. (ST website: The Path to 2409)


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