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Old November 10 2012, 03:49 AM   #162
Tiberius
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Re: Sacrifice of the Angels Ending A Deus Ex Machina?

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Look. The Dominion had absolutely no incentive to destroy the wormhole. Its continued existence posed no threat to them; at worst, they couldn't go through it to carry on their war effort, but it didn't do any harm to the Dominion itself. And if they could clear up the problem that kept them from going through, then it would be invaluable for their continued attempts at conquest. Destroying it would not have benefitted them in any possible way and would in fact have worked against their long-term goals.

I mean, come on, that's the whole reason Changeling Bashir took steps to make sure Starfleet couldn't destroy the wormhole!
It had every reason to. The Prophets destroyed nearly three thousand ships. That's every reason for massive retaliation alone. Not to mention as things stood with the Prophets, the Dominion couldn't use the wormhole, but the Federation could. So why would they even think of allowing their enemies even a POSSIBLE tactical advantage like that?
But to destroy the wormhole means the Dominion would be making sure they could NEVER get any more reinforcements. As long as the wormhole was still there, they still had a chance of being able to do SOMETHING to get more ships.

Sure, they have forces in the Alpha Quadrant but they're quite self-sufficent as proven in the early season 7 arc when Dukat collapsed the wormhole. They didn't just fold up and die, they kept on going. It stands to reason the Dominion is expanding in the Gamma Quadrant at a steady pace, so too would the Alpha Quadrant Dominion and eventually they'd link up.
So they don't need to destroy the wormhole. The Feds have enough on their plate so they aren't going to be sending fleets through the wormhole to destroy the Doms in the Gamma quadrant.

And if the Alpha Quadrant Dominion loses the war? Well then they have at least fifty years to prepare for a powerful and hostile power. As it stands NOT collapsing it was a worst case scenario for them as they lost anyways and Federation can attack them anytime they want.
But the Dominion was convinced that they would win.

And anyway, why would they send a fleet to destroy the wormhole? It would take ships away from defence lines (weakening their position), send them to one of the most heavily defended outposts in the Federation and anyway, if the Prophets stopped them once, why would the Dominion think they could destroy the wormhole at all?
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