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Old February 24 2013, 06:58 PM   #20
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Re: When did Cardassia become a military dictatorship?

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According to Memory Alpha, the Occupation of Bajor by Cardassia ran from 2319 to 2369. That is 50 years. Cardassia maintained a military presence 10 years prior to this. Cardassia was militaristic and hostile, annexing star systems by force years before establishing a military presence on Bajor.
Simply having a military presence on another world doesn't mean you're a Military Dictatorship. The time the annexation formally happened was probably around the same time the Military took over Cardassia, given how close Bajor and Cardassia are.

So the military takeover was 50 years ago, and probably there was resistance to this on Cardassia which explain Madred's impoverishment as a youth until when he joined the Military (around when they truly consolidated their power over Cardassia and stamped out most resistance).
Picard described the Cardassians as peaceful and spiritual before the military took over, so it seems unlikely that the Cardassians would have been involved in the annexation of Bajor before Cardassia became a military dictatorship.

After all the Cardassians are not an evil race, they are simply people controlled by an evil regime that came about due to desperate circumstances. The Weimar Republic did not have an aggressive foreign policy, that only changed when the Nazis gained control over Germany.
Considering that the military had been independent for around 400 years, it's possible that there was no single point when the military took over, but rather it was a process. If this is so, there probably would be a lot of debate among historians as to when the military dictatorship actually began, if the Trek universe actually existed.
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