Many people deride the Kazons as second rate Klingons, but I don't think that's fair. Besides both being warlike peoples, they are quite different in several ways; Klingons have an advanced centralized empire while the Kazons are warring clans, Klingons give great respect for their women while Kazons treat them as subordinate, Klingons seem to treat honor and the ability to endure pain as ends in and of themselves while Kazons, though having their own ceremonies, care most about the acquisition of territory above all else. One major difference between the two is that while the Klingon Empire is ancient, the Kazon Order is quite new, and it is this fact I think could be used to shape their identity in true ST fashion. Having become independent of the Trabe just a few decades before VOY, the Kazons exhibit many of the attributes that we see in modern post-colonial societies. They suffer from internal instability and violence, have poor infrastructure and outdated weaponry, seem to have a reactionary, bellicose sense of pride and nationalism, and a weak economy. They make use of child soldiers like we see in the conflicts of several Third World nations, and are highly distrustful of any outside judgment. While I am by no means trying to stereotype poor nations, I do think that they could be used within the Star Trek universe as an example of a developing nation going through severe post-colonial upheavals. Thoughts?