The Overlord wrote:
C.E. Evans wrote:
The Dominion War really was the result of a first-contact gone horribly wrong, IMO.
To be fair, the Dominion's idea of first contact seems to be conquer a new species, ask questions later.
And the Federation's response was to sneak a warship into their territory on a mission of cowboy diplomacy. That didn't make the Founders' view of the Federation any better.
That's not to say that the Dominion War was the Federation's fault, but sometimes first contacts don't go well no matter what you do. I'm sure the Dominion wasn't the first new civilization that perceived the Federation as an immediate threat to them and responded with hostility.