Star Trek Expanded Universe

The Cardassian dissident movement was a illegal political movement formed to restore the power of the civilian Detapa Council over the Cardassian Union. (DS9: "Profit and Loss")

By 2370, Natima Lang had become a secret member of the movement. Due to her involvement she was forced to flee Cardassia. (DS9: "Profit and Loss")

Legate Tekeny Ghemor was one of the key leaders of the dissident movement, until his exposure in 2371 by the Obsidian Order that forced him into exile for the last two years of his life. He was invited in 2373 during the Dominion rule of Cardassia to create a government-in-exile for the Cardassian people, but due to terminal illness was unable to do so. He passed away shortly thereafter. (DS9: "Second Skin", DS9: "Ties of Blood and Water")

His nephew, Alon Ghemor, was another participant in the dissident movement; when Legate Ghemor was exposed, Alon Ghemor was forced to go into hiding. This was not, however, required for Gul Akellen Macet, who was able to disguise the extent of his ties to Ghemor sufficiently that while he was no longer considered promotion material, the Obsidian Order did not attempt to have him fired or executed. (Star Trek: Sigils and Unions--"A Weaver of Lives")

In 2372, the movement succeeded in its mission. Thanks to growing support and the fall of the Obsidian Order the previous year, the dissident movement was able to overthrow Central Command and restore power to the Detapa Council. (DS9: "The Die is Cast", "The Way of the Warrior") In the end, however, this was a hollow victory; when the Klingons declared war against Cardassia at the instigation of the Dominion, themselves believing this coup to be a Dominion hoax, Gul Dukat singlehandedly negotiated Cardassia's entry into the Dominion and destroyed any pretense of a democracy. The Detapa Council returned to its previous function--meekly rubber-stamping whatever Central Command did. At least one of its members, Councillor Kotan Pa'Dar was executed when Dukat seized power. (DS9: "By Inferno's Light", Star Trek: Sigils and Unions--"A Weaver of Lives")

Eventually, after the Dominion War, it would be one of the heroes of the dissident movement who would first bring democracy to Cardassia: Alon Ghemor, and Natima Lang would serve as his administration's ambassador. (A Stitch in Time, Star Trek: Sigils and Unions--"A Weaver of Lives")

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