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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.

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  1. Dustin
    February 18, 2016 @ 1:37 am

    Marritza insisted (while still pretending to be Darhe'el) that everything the Union did on Bajor, every extracted resource, every dead civilian, was for the sake of the Union's survival (he didn't believe this, but actual Cardassian officials would). So I wondered how the chronology of the occupation overlapped with the Federation-Cardassian War, and if a collapse of the Cardassian economy led them to become so desperate for resources that they ramped up the brutality on Bajor.

    Western sanctions against Iraq in the 90s, the Cuban embargo, the (now thankfully lifted) sanctions against Iran all contributed to incredible suffering in those countries. I think we can argue that Federation policy bears some responsibility for Cardassia's domestic politics being such a shambles.

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  2. Josh Marsfelder
    February 18, 2016 @ 8:10 am

    It makes sense to me.

    According to the official history, the Cardassian Occupation of Bajor began in 2319, which would put it 45 years before the start of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The Federation-Cardassian War is meant to have ended at some point during TNG's third season (which is why I read the introduction of the Cardassians as a reboot: Effectively, this retcons the show's first two seasons to being part of a war narrative).

    The show argues that the Cardassians became imperialists because of limited and dwindling resources on their home planet, so I could see a war or sanctions encouraging them to ramp up the exploitation of their colonial acquisitions.

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