Gowron is confirmed as leader of the Klingon High Council. The Klingon
civil war begins when the Duras family challenges Gowron. Lt Worf resigns
his Starfleet commission in order to join Gowron's side in the war.
After discovering that the Romulans are assisting the Duras family,
Starfleet sends a fleet to the Romulan-Klingon border. The fleet is
successful in preventing Romulan border crossings. Gowron's forces defeat
the Duras family, although the sisters Lursa and B'Etor escape. The Klingon
civil war ends and Worf returns to Starfleet service.
The Cardassians retreated from the Bajoran system, abandoning the Terok
Nor ore processing facility in orbit of the planet. The Bajoran Provisional
Government asked Starfleet to take over the running of the station.
Starfleet sent Commander Selena Ruhl to run the station. Chief O'Brien
transferred from the USS Enterprise to become the station's Chief Engineer.
In accordance with Starfleet naming conventions, the station was named Deep
The Federation-Cardassian Treaty established the Demilitarised Zone
(DMZ) as a buffer between the newly re-drawn Federation and Cardassian
borders. Neither the Federation nor the Cardassians were allowed to place
Military Outposts in the region, nor were they allowed to conduct fleet
exercises or station warships anywhere in the DMZ. The Treaty ceded several
dozen Federation colonies to the Cardassians, forcing the colonists (many of
whom had been there for ten generations) to either voluntarily relocate, or
forfeit their Federation Citizenship to remain in their homes under
Feeling abandoned by the Federation, a number of the colonists formed a
guerrilla force to protect their homes from the Cardassians, who frequently
attacked them in violation of the Treaty without any serious consequences.
The guerrilla force called themselves the Maquis, after the secret army of
patriots in France during the German occupation in 1940-1944. The colonists
were joined by Starfleet Maquis sympathisers, former Bajoran freedom
fighters, and disenchanted individuals from all walks of life who either had
personal grudges against the Cardassians, or simply were looking for a
The Maquis were initially organised in a series of cells, with only the
leader of each cell knowing the whereabouts of the other cells. They hid in
the Badlands, a region of space near the Cardassian border populated by
dangerous Plasma Storms, much as their 20th century counterparts had hidden
in the thickets from which they derived their name. The Badlands had been
used by the Bajoran Resistance for the same purpose during the Cardassian
The Amagosa star system was destroyed by Dr. Tolian Soran. The
Enterprise-D was destroyed by the sisters Lursa and B'Etor whilst attempting
to prevent Dr. Soran from similarly destroying the Veridian system. The
sisters were killed in the conflict. Picard and his crew were given a new
Galaxy class ship which became the new flagship and was named Enterprise-E.
The Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH) is put into service on the
Enterprise-E. Successful trials see it installed on all newly built ships.
The Maquis saw the Federation as willingly sacrificing their colonists
in an effort to maintain a peace that should never have been negotiated.
This point was brought home all too clearly when the Cardassians declared
war on the Maquis.. However, even with the Cardassians openly attacking
colonies that were occupied by Federation citizens, the Federation refused
to change their policies regarding the Maquis. While the Bajoran freedom
fighters had been lauded for driving the Cardassian occupation from their
homeworld, the Maquis were condemned as terrorists and treated completely
More and more officers were withdrawing from Starfleet and joining the
Maquis, showing their contempt for Federation policy. Starfleet in
particular saw their officers joining the Maquis as a personal betrayal.
Eventually, the Maquis were declared to have forfeited their citizenship in
It was at this point that a Nebula-class ship ceded from the Federation
and openly joined the Maquis, lending its support against the Cardassians in
defiance of the Cardassian-Federation Treaty of 2370. This was the first
capital ship of Starfleet's to join the Maquis, and prompted a public outcry
as to why valuable and trusted Starfleet officers and their ships were
rejecting Federation policy and joining the Maquis. The ship was
instrumental in helping defend a colony from Cardassian attack. As a result
of this, over the next year nearly a hundred of Starfleet's ships and crews
joined the Maquis, and many battles were engaged between Cardassian and
Cardassia accused the Federation of secretly trying to break the treaty, and
threatened to go to war against the Federation again. In a knee-jerk
reaction to this, the Federation declared the Maquis an enemy of the
Federation, and were to be hunted down and destroyed. This provoked another
major outcry, including within Starfleet itself, as many of those who had
gone to the Maquis had been trusted friends and colleagues of those who
remained in Starfleet, not to mention the friends and families of the
Public pressure was put upon the Federation President to accept the
overwhelming evidence of Cardassian atrocities against Federation citizens,
and their outright disregard for the conditions of the treaty. However, when
the President attempted to bring about the cancellation of the
Cardassian-Federation treaty, there was a coup amongst the high-ranking
officers of Starfleet Command. Many of them believed that the Maquis were
criminals and terrorists, and that succumbing to their demands was nothing
less than agreeing to the demands of terrorists.
The President was forced to flee for his life, along with those within
Starfleet Command who were loyal to him. When Federation marines stormed the
President's home, he was beamed away just in time by Captain Picard, who had
learned of the coup attempt. Picard had been one of those most vocal for a
peaceful resolution to this problem, but when he learned of the coup and its'
far-reaching support, he decided he had to act. He was unable to stand by
and let the short-sighted few kill the President and destroy the foundations
of what he believed the United Federation of Planets stood for. With the
President safely on board the USS Enterprise-E, Picard and another two dozen
major ships also ceded from the Federation and joined the Maquis.
At this point it became absolutely obvious that the Federation was in the
midst of a civil war.
Without a President, the Federation was declared to be under martial law,
and Starfleet Command became a dictatorship responsible for the continuation
of the Federation.
Immediately after this, Vulcan dropped out of Federation membership,
declaring itself neutral in this civil war. The Klingon Empire also declared
itself neutral, but Captain Picard and Lt Commander Worf were instrumental
in quickly gaining the Klingon's alliance. With the Klingons allied with the
Maquis, Starfleet found itself evenly matched. Few ships remained in the
Federation that weren't loyal to the Federation's policy of retaining its
treaty with the Cardassians, and declaring all Maquis members as terrorists.
With Bajor already having experience fighting the Cardassians, they
initiated offers to the Maquis and the Federation's ex-President to allow
them the use of Bajor as a centre of operations. Deep Space Nine was taken
over by the Bajorans and then handed over to the Maquis. The deposed
Federation complement joined the Maquis, and Chief O'Brien served again on
the USS Enterprise-E.
Without openly declaring war on the Federation, the Klingons had managed to
force a supply line between the Klingon Empire and Bajor, and together, the
Maquis and the Klingons managed to hold and reinforce this line. With
Klingon assistance, Deep Space Nine was rebuilt and enhanced, becoming a
huge battle station which also housed the Maquis' first shipyard. Using a
combination of Federation and Klingon technology, new ships were built and
enhanced cloaking devices were installed on most ships. DS9 became the
centre of Maquis leadership.
Ex-Starfleet Admirals became the President's new 'Maquis Command', similar
to Starfleet Command, but with the purpose of creating a new power structure
with which to compete with the Federation. The ultimate goal was to
eventually return to Earth as the dominant power, and return the Federation
to the stable organization it once was. It was obvious that this could not
be done peacefully any more. Vice Admiral Grace Merrick became the Maquis
Over the next 2 years, the Klingon supply line became the focus of many
minor battles between the Federation and Klingon-Maquis forces, with the
Federation eventually ceding it as lost territory in 2375. Once the
Federation completely pulled out of the territory between this line and the
Cardassian DMZ, the territory became 'No Man's Land'. It was quickly claimed
by the Maquis who began their own patrols of the area in an attempt to keep
the Cardassians out of it.
Now with nearly 300 ships in its fleet, the Maquis had become a sizeable
force. The Federation was unable to justify sending a superior fleet against
them, as public opinion didn't allow it. The dictatorship that the
Federation had become was still in the process of thinking public opinion
was important. A truce of non-aggression was established, but this lasted
just over a year before the Federation began testing the strength of the
Maquis, and minor skirmishes were reported.
When it became public knowledge that the Federation had been campaigning
for Romulus to join them, Romulus declared itself completely neutral in the
civil war. There was also evidence that Ambassador Spock was succeeding in
his attempts at reunification, as a Vulcan embassy was built on Romulus,
with Ambassador Spock in residence.
Since most of the officers who supported the high standards of what the
Federation used to be had gone over to the Maquis, those that remained found
that they pretty much had free reign to lead their crews as they saw fit.
The rigid discipline of Starfleet had shattered, and what was left of the
Federation's Starfleet Command was filled with those who believed that
'might makes right'. This policy drifted down through the ranks and the
ships, and the commanding officers found that it was easier to get things
done through fear. Some crews began to mutiny, but only a few succeeded in
their attempts and joining the Maquis. The rest who failed were forced into
the 'new way of doing things'. Many were executed.
Being allied to the Klingons allowed the Maquis more freedom than they had
expected. Federation attacks against them had lessened, and DS9 was used to
build more ships and increase their defences. They had been fighting vicious
battles against the Cardassians, who backed off when the Klingons sent three
battle fleets to help stabilise the region. The Klingons had become a
deciding influence in this sector of space, and were providing the Maquis
the time and space they needed to establish themselves as a new political
and military power.
As thanks to the Klingons for their assistance in helping the President and
the Maquis, it was decided that Deep Space Nine would be given a Klingon
name, and a Klingon honour guard was requested to guard the station. For the
new name, the Klingon High Council reminded Captain Picard what had been
said to him by the Klingon negotiator, after Picard had successfully brought
them into the alliance with the Maquis. The negotiator had said, "You are a
house of fire, we will help you save your house." He was referring to a
famous Klingon Opera called the House of Fire. The Klingons requested that
the new name of Deep Space Nine be "Qul Tuq," which is Klingon for House of
Fire. When the Maquis agreed, the Klingons permanently stationed a small
fleet of elite ships at DS9. Lt Commander Worf was promoted to Captain and
was given command of this fleet, also at the request of the Klingons.
Qul Tuq built the first of a new class of ship, the Sovereign class.
This was to be the Federation's planned replacement for the Galaxy class,
but when a quarter of the Federation's R&D team joined the Maquis, they
destroyed the Federation's half-built Sovereign class ship, and brought all
the plans of the Sovereign class with them. This was a devastating blow
against the Federation's starship program. When the Maquis realized what
this R&D coup would do for them, they focused all their resources on
building this ship. After only 6 months, it was finished. Built also with an
advanced cloak, it was one of the most dangerous ships in the quadrant. The
Federation had lost the advantage that they were planning on.
Captain Picard was promoted to Admiral and given this new ship, which was
named the USS Sovereign, while the Enterprise-E was given to Commander
Riker, who was promoted to Captain. Picard's first mission in his new ship
established a diplomatic relationship with Romulus, with the assistance of
Ambassador Spock. When the Federation then accused Romulus of siding with
the Maquis, the Romulans offered diplomatic overtures to the Federation as
well, which were rejected. Vulcan, seeing Romulus willing to be friendly in
their dealings with the Maquis and offering displays of friendship also to
the Federation, invited Romulan ambassadors to Vulcan. It was accepted and
for the first time in history, Romulus and Vulcan established diplomatic
Continuing skirmishes between the Federation and the Maquis had given
the Federation something to fear, as it seemed that the use of advanced
cloaking devices by the Maquis and Klingons greatly influenced the outcome
of the battles in favour of the Maquis.
In a number of knee-jerk reactions, the Federation scrambled to develop
their own cloaking technology, as well as finally declaring all-out war on
the Klingons. The Klingon diplomatic staff on Earth were imprisoned. Vulcan
removed their diplomatic staff from Earth, protesting at the Federation's
actions. Betazed and Trill joined Vulcan in their protest, and they withdrew
from the Federation as well. There were reports that Cardassian 'advisors'
were helping the Federation perfect their military policies, and that they
helped inspire the Federation's use of torture and executions as standard
procedure during interrogations of prisoners. It was learned that the Klingon
diplomatic staff held as prisoners of war were all executed by the
Cardassian advisors on Earth.
The Klingons vowed revenge on the Federation and Cardassians, and publicly
cemented their alliance with the Maquis, whom it considered the 'New
Federation'. It urged other major races to join the alliance against the
Those races who had been observing the civil war realized that the
Federation was becoming the exact opposite of what it used to be. The Maquis
had become the new guiding light of the sector, and in recognition of their
political and military power, diplomatic overtures were extended to them by
Betazed and Trill. Vulcan and Romulus remained neutral. The name 'New
Federation' was accepted and used by Betazed, Trill and Vulcan, as well as
some other minor races, but Maquis Command chose to retain their 'Maquis'
name amongst themselves, in defiance of the Federation. Of course, the
Federation continued to q call them the Maquis as well, branding them as the
greatest enemy that the Federation had seen so far.
During a battle in No Man's Land, the Enterprise-E was destroyed. It was an
ambush by the Federation, which saw 12 capital ships to one, and 7 of them
were destroyed before the Enterprise succumbed to a warp core breach. All
crew were lost, including Captain William Riker. This only strengthened the
resolve of the Maquis.
The Maquis now had two Sovereign class ships in service, and were building
more Akira class ships to round out their fleets, all of them cloaked. The
second Sovereign class was named the USS Enterprise-F and Admiral Picard
transferred to command that ship. Commander Data was given the USS
As a response to the Klingons having vowed revenge upon the
Federation-Cardassian alliance, the Breen offered an alliance with the
Federation, which was quickly accepted. The Breen immediately sent a fleet
of warships to No Man's Land to help the Federation engage the Maquis in the
biggest battle the civil war had seen so far, but the allied
Federation/Breen ships were almost decimated by the combined strength of the
Maquis and Klingon ships. The Cardassians remained out of the battle.
A total of 174 Federation ships were lost out of 190, along with 149 out of
163 Breen ships. The Maquis lost only 46 ships out of 265, while the
Klingons lost nearly 100 out of 180. The Breen's new energy-dampening weapon
proved ineffective after the Maquis created adequate defences against it,
and the two Sovereign-class ships proved devastating against the
Federation's and the Breen's older ships.
Realizing that everyone had underestimated the strength and determination of
the Maquis, the Breen withdrew to lick their wounds, but maintained their
commitment to their alliance with the Federation by sending a small fleet to
Earth. This fleet joined with a Cardassian fleet, and became central to
Earth's defensive strategies. The Cardassian-Federation Treaty of 2370 was
declared ended, and the Cardassian-Federation Alliance of 2381 was
announced. Further civilian dissent on Earth about the alliance, and having
the Breen and Cardassians on the planet, was squashed by Federation Marines.
The Federation realized that it needed to focus on developing military
and starship technology in an attempt to compensate for the massive loss it
had suffered in the 'Battle of No Man's Land'. Other colony worlds tried
registering their continued disapproval of the Federation's action, but they
were also suppressed through violent marine action. Martial law was
enhanced, and the Federation began to create isolationist policies.
The USS Tornado-A, a ship from an alternate universe, was destroyed on a mission to rescue Captain William
Riker, who had been discovered to be alive and in Federation custody. The
mission was a failure. The USS Talon, a Defiant-class ship from the same
from the Tornado's universe, was too late to rescue them, but was able to
pick up the survivors.
The USS Scorpion, a Sovereign-class ship, was launched. Command was given to
Captain Aldous who was from the alternate quantum universe.
The Alliance launches the USS Atlanta, a Steamrunner class vessel. Command is given to a joined Trill, Captain
A rebel Romulan movement allied with the Cardassians and provided
cloaking technology. The Romulans deny official involvement and
issue a warning to Cardassia. Two Romulan senate members were
arrested for rebel involvement.
The recently launched USS Zion, a Sovereign Class vessel commanded by Captain Ian Hunter, cuts short its shakedown
mission to investigate the destruction of the USS Kittyhawk.
Federation "brain-drain" problems continue as more scientist defect to the Alliance. The Federation's efforts to
stop the refugees was thwarted by the Zion and the Atlanta. Refugees seeking asylum were taken to Qul Tuq.
Amoung them was one of the Federation's top quantum physists and weapons scientist, Dr. Paul Sparrow.
Thelek Uvar becomes Commander of Qul Tuq station. It is believed that the Federation and Cardassian Union were behind
the bold assassination of Shar Bensu, a diplomat who defected with top secret plans for a new Cardassian weapon. The assassination took place during what was to be a
peace conference initiative.
The USS Zion, with the help of a rag-tag fleet of Klingon warships, intercepts a Federation Armada heading to
Pacifica. The invasion is thwarted.
Gowron, the Chancellor of the Klingon High Council is killed. His death was the result of a confrontation
between himself and Worf following Gowron's treasonous dealings with the Breen.
What's different in this universe?
- Q is not active in this universe. Therefore...
- The Enterprise-D was not thrown into Borg space, and therefore...
- The Borg have not investigated our quadrant, and therefore...
- Benjamin Sisko is still serving on his ship in the Federation and had
never been assigned to Deep Space Nine, and therefore...
- The wormhole at Bajor has not been discovered, and therefore...
- There has been no contact with the Dominion, and therefore...
- There has been no Dominion War.
The Maquis have become a power in their own right, therefore USS Voyager
never went into the Badlands to follow the Maquis ship.
Because the Borg and the Dominion have never challenged the Federation,
starship design has remained relatively stagnant. There has been no
development of Defiant-class ships (which were designed to combat Borg).
There is no Intrepid class (USS Voyager). The Akira and the Sovereign class
is the only new classes of ship to have been built since the Nebula class.
While the Maquis has both the Sovereign and Akira classes, the Federation is
desperately trying to catch up with only the Akira class being their latest
Star Trek: Generations happened, but the Sovereign-class wasn't developed at
that time, so Picard was given another Galaxy-class
Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection never happened.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine never happened, neither did Star Trek: Voyager.
||Picard made CO
of the Enterprise-D
Cardassian/Federation war ended
Federation/Cardassian Treaty established, Maquis resistance
destroyed, Enterprise-E (Galaxy class) built
declare war on Maquis, Starfleet officers join Maquis
declares war on Maquis, Federation Civil War begins, Picard joins
the Maquis, most UFP members withdraw from the Federation, DS9
becomes Maquis HQ, Maquis Alliance develops as the Klingons join
treaty formed between Maquis and Federation
officially declares neutrality in the war, Vulcan embassy formed
right' attitude takes reign in the Federation, DS9 renamed Qul Tuq
and Captain Worf assigned the Klingon fleet to protect it
the first Sovereign-class ship, Romulus develops friendship treaty
with Maquis, Romulan embassy established on Vulcan
declare war on Klingons, Vulcan withdraws diplomatic staff from
Earth, Klingons declare full alliance with the Maquis, which
becomes known as the 'Alliance', Enterprise-E destroyed with
its' CO Captain Will Riker, Enterprise-F (Sovereign class) built
alliance formed, Maquis prove their power in a major battle which
defeats Breen/Federation battle fleet, Federation/Cardassian
USS Scorpion returns to its Universe. USS Zion and USS Atlanta Launched. Thelek becomes station Commander.
Changes for version 2.5 (14th June 2003)
- Added menus
at top of page and bookmarked each year of the timeline.
- Added a Timeline Summary table
- Added recent events from the USS Scorpion/Qul Tuq/USS Atlanta games
Changes for version 2.4 (19th October 2002)
- Added recent events from the game onto the end of the timeline.
Changes for version 2.3
- Added the deaths of the sisters Lursa and B'Etor at the Veridian
- Added details on Riker's promotion to Captain and given command of the USS
- Added the loss of the USS Enterprise-E and Riker's death. Admiral Picard
transferred to a new USS Enterprise-F and Commander Data was given command
of the USS Sovereign.
- Minor grammatical changes.
Changes for version 2.21
- Added Admiral Grace Merrick joining the Maquis.
Changes for version 2.2:
- Deep Space Nine was not a result of Commander Benjamin Sisko's
assignment there, but was instead a result of the Cardassian occupation
ending and the Bajorans inviting Starfleet to run the station. Therefore
I've continued with the pretext that because Sisko hadn't been assigned
there, the wormhole remains undiscovered. Because of the nature of the
Bajorans and the Maquis, I felt it only logical that they would take control
of DS9 from the Federation and offer it to the Maquis.
- Adjustments to the years that non-canon events took place.
- This latest version of the timeline turns the Federation into a much
darker entity, of a nature similar to evil. They're allied with the
Cardassians and the Breen, and are heavily influenced by them. The
Federation's fear of the Maquis strength, and the loss of their powerful
allies and the resources they bring (eg. Vulcan, Betazed and Trill), creates
only more fear and despair within the Federation, and a greater desire to
rely heavily on its allies the Cardassians and the Breen.
- Because of the vague similarities to the story of 'Star Wars', I have
played with a probable conclusion of the Maquis strength and goals gaining
them the title of the 'Alliance'.
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