- “But why control anyone??”
- “Because what you can control…can’t hurt you.”
- - Odo, Female Changeling (DS9: “The Search, Part II“)
The Dominion Emblem
So, There is the Founders
“The Rulers of the Dominion“
The Female Founder
The Changelings are native to the Gamma Quadrant. All but one hundred of the Changelings are Founders, the rulers of the Dominion (Odo is one of The Hundred, which were sent out to explore the galaxy). wiki.changeling
Founders having a little spat!
It was not until 2371, when Odo discovered the changelings’ homeworld in the Omarion Nebula, that the Founders’ true status was revealed. They seek power because they were once persecuted by non-shape-shifters, whom they call ‘Solids’, or ‘Mono-forms’. wiki.changeling
Those are two Founders right there...
And that's another one...
Their natural state is a liquid protoplasm. The Female Changeling once told Odo that their race once had bodies similar to those of other species, but they had since evolved beyond those physical bodies. Changelings have the ability to meld together (in a process known as “linking”) to share information and emotions in a very intimate manner. wiki.changeling
What they really are
Changelings can turn themselves into almost anything. They can form themselves into any solid, liquid, gas, or even chemical reactions like fire, and can flow through any gap in their gaseous or liquid state. It is speculated that their power involves sending matter and energy to (and recruiting it from) subspace, as they have often demonstrated the ability to alter their apparent mass. (For instance, when Odo assumes the form of an object much smaller than he is, his temperature does not increase as it would if he were simply compressing his volume, and he can become light enough for an ordinary person to carry without trouble.) wiki.changeling
Odo & Kira
When they assume a different shape, such as a rock, scanners will show them as that substance. Changelings who have sufficiently disciplined their shapeshifting abilities are able to turn themselves into convincing imitations of lifeforms, including both animals and other humanoids. wiki.changeling
A Dying Founder
Changelings can even survive in the vacuum of space, and can somehow propel themselves through it. However, if a part of a changeling is separated from the whole, it reverts to the liquid state. In addition, some inexperienced Changelings (such as Odo) must regenerate, returning to their liquid form once every sixteen to eighteen hours. The Cardassian Obsidian Order developed a device which, by emitting a quantum stasis field, can prevent a changeling from reverting to the liquid form, a state which Odo swiftly found extremely painful. wiki.changeling
The Dominion Emblem
Then there are the Vorta & The Jem’Hadar
For many years, the Founders were considered mythical by many of the races in the Dominion, although their policy was enforced by the Vorta and the Jem’Hadar. wiki.changeling
“The Dominion’s main fighting force” Memory Alpha.org
The Dominion comprises of several “member races”, as the Founders claim to control the destinies of hundreds of species. (DS9: “The Search, Part II“)
The Dominion was founded on the principle of control, with the intent being to neutralize any potential threat to the Founders by whatever means necessary. In cases involving cooperative species such as the Karemma, the extent of Dominion interference is fairly minimal and restricted to material support. However, if the target species is or becomes less cooperative, the Jem’Hadar are dispatched to wipe out any opposition.
Courtesy of Memory Alpha.org
Thot Gor & The Founder
In 2375, the Breen moved from a policy of low-level hostilities toward other major powers to one of open warfare when they allied themselves with the Dominion. They were then allowed access to the Dominion military database. According to the terms of the alliance, the Breen Confederacy received several planets in the Cardassian Union as compensation for joining the war. (DS9: “Strange Bedfellows“)
The Breen sided with the Dominion in the Dominion War. The Breen homeworld is rumored throughout the galaxy as being an extremely cold and a freezing place, but it is rather quite comfortable. When off of their homeworld, the Breen wear refrigeration suits. The Breen without their suits on, are never seen & they will not say why they need them, even to their allies. It may be a result of the refrigeration suits, but the Breen’s voices are extremely shrill and require special modifications to the universal translators to understand them. wiki.breen
Cardassians (2373-2375) – Former Ally
The Cardassians were a humanoid species from the Alpha Quadrant. They were native to the planet Cardassia Prime, capital world of the Cardassian Union. Known throughout the Alpha Quadrant for their ruthlessness, the Cardassians became one of the greatest enemies of the United Federation of Planets and Klingon Empire when they joined the Dominion in 2373.
The Dosi were a humanoid civilization native to the Gamma Quadrant, and allies of the Dominion. The Dosi place great importance on business and are extremely aggressive negotiators, to the point that fatalities are not uncommon.
The Dosi city visited by Quark in 2370 for trade negotiations on behalf of the Grand Nagus.
A Karemma who negotiated with the Federation over trading taxes in 2372.
The Karemma are an important power in the Dominion. They began dealing with the Alpha Quadrant through the Ferengi, who bought 100,000 vats of tulaberry wine from them. The Karemma used the Ferengi as intermediaries with the Federation as the Dominion would not tolerate direct contact with the Federation.
The only contact the Karemma have with the rest of the Dominion is through the Vorta.
The Karemma are naive in matters of business are were easily taken advantage of in their dealings with the Ferengi for a time.
The Hunters – Disputed*
(*Various conflicted sources)
Robert Wolfe has also stated in interviews that the Hunters from “Captive Pursuit” were also members of the Dominion (and that the same people who bred the Jem’Hadar for the founders bred the Tosks for the Hunters), although this was never established on-screen and is therefore not canon
The Hunters are native to an unknown planet in the Gamma Quadrant.
The Hunters breed and raise Tosk as a noble creature with but one purpose in life: to be hunted for sport.
They honor Tosk, and see them as a symbol of all that is noble and courageous.
Ironically, the Hunters seemed much more dependent upon their high-tech weapons and body armor than the Tosk they have bred, who appeared to be endlessly resourceful.
A group of hunters on board DS9
They appeared to be reptile like the Tosk but with hair and a smoother face below the forehead.
The lead Hunter in 2369
Hunters use modulated particle beam to scan.
They have a weapon that bombards vessels with radiation very rapid magnetic flux variations that can reverse the polarity of shields, causing them to fail.
Hunters wear armbands that can withstand phaser fire.
A fully geared Hunter
The Hunters were a humanoid species from the Gamma Quadrant, from the same homeworld as the Tosk. They were characterized by pale yellow skin, a cleft upper palate, and corrugated foreheads.
The Transporter Effect
Armed with energy crossbows powerful enough to blast through the door to the brig in one shot on the space station Deep Space 9, the Hunters were formidable opponents in a fire-fight.
The energy crossbow
They dressed in a type of protective suit that shielded them from the full effects of stun settings on phasers.
In addition, they wore deflector shields on their left arms and specialized helmets, which were able to locate an invisible Tosk.
The hand-held deflector shield
The special suit
A humanoid race who live to pursue the Tosk in an endless life-and-death hunt, never contacted again after a single incident on DS9 in 2369 soon after the wormhole was discovered.
Like the designation “Tosk”, it is not known whether the species name was “Hunter”, or whether this was an indication of their job, or even their class or rank on their homeworld.
However, a pre-production sketch of an original design for the Hunters in The Making of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine indicates that the species is called the Drai. Their homeworld’s name was never mentioned, or even their species.
We only know what they are called from what Tosk tells Miles O’Brien.
The Hunter's prosthetic
Michael Westmore talked about the creation of the make-up for the Hunters in the DS9 Season 1 DVD special feature “Michael Westmore’s Aliens: Season One”
The Son’a were a narcissistic and materialistic humanoid race descended from the Ba’ku.
They left the idyllic Ba’ku home planet in the Briar Patch during the 2270s after a failed attempt to take over Ba’ku society. They had rebelled against the Ba’ku philosophy of rejecting high technology.
The Son’a equipped their vessels with unpredictable isolytic subspace weapons, in defiance of the Second Khitomer Accord.(Star Trek: Insurrection) They also manufactured large quantities of the Dominion narcotic ketracel-white in the Son’a colonies in the outlying areas near Cardassia and the Bajoran wormhole.
One of their white storage facilities was located at their outpost at Devos II. (DS9: “Penumbra“)
During the later days of the Dominion War, Weyoun diverted a number of Dominion warships to the Son’a outpost on Devos II. They were diverted, rather than sent to pursue the USS Defiant, which was searching for survivors from the IKS Koraga, in order to help protect the new ketracel-white facility built there, as the Dominion was aware that the Federation had discovered its existence. Damar questioned this, as he felt the Son’a should be able to protect it themselves. (DS9: “Penumbra“)
Son'a Shuttle Drawing
Conquered Planets of the Dominion
T-Rogorans (conquered 2370)
Yaderans (conquered 2340)
It would be safe to assume that were/are more members of the Dominion since they are the Dominant controlling race in the Gamma Quadrant that remained mostly unexplored during to Dominion’s threats to the Federation presence in the Quadrant
As Robert Hewitt Wolfe explains, “The Dominion was not monolithic, it wasn’t just the Romulans or the Cardassians, they were distinct in that they were the Dominion, they were, like the Federation, a collection of different races. But unlike the Federation, they were bound together by fear and extortion, whereas the Federation is bound together by noble thoughts and love and friendship and all that good stuff. So in a lot of ways, they were the mirror image of the Federation.” (The Birth of the Dominion and Beyond, DS9 Season 3 DVD special features)
Initially, the plan was for numerous different species to be seen on Dominion vessels and involved in various parts of the Dominion’s activities, although eventually, only three “main” species were firmly established: the Founders, the Jem’Hadar, and the Vorta, although the Karemma were also a member (indeed, they were the first member of the Dominion to be mentioned, in “Rules of Acquisition“) and subsequently, both the Cardassians and the Breen became members.
The concept of introducing three species at once as opposed to the more traditional Star Trek method of introducing major races one at a time was Ira Behr‘s and came from the fact that he didn’t want to risk introducing only one species which may not work. If the Dominion was basically a single race and the audience didn’t accept that race, the ramifications for the show would have been disastrous, so Behr felt it better to err on the side of caution, feeling that if he introduced three races, at least one of them was bound to work. As it turned out, all three were readily accepted by viewers and all three would become major players in the later years of the show…
Robert Hewitt Wolfe explains the structure and organization of the Dominion: “The Gamma Quadrant isn’t empty, it isn’t just a bunch of planets. It’s bound together by the Dominion, a very very tough, very smart, very old civilization, run by the mysterious Founders, who are experts in genetic engineering, and who turn out to be Odo’s people, the Shapeshifters. They then go and engineer these slave races that do their bidding. Essentially, the two main slave races were the ‘carrot’ and the ‘stick’. The carrot being the Vorta, who would come to your planet and say, ‘Hey, you’re nice people, here’s some M-16s and some popcorn, and whatever else you want baby, alcohol, fire-water? All you have to do is sign this little contract and we’ll make you cool.’ Then there’s the Jem’Hadar. So the Vorta say, ‘Oh, you don’t want to play ball? Then meet these guys. They’re gonna kick your asses.” (The Birth of the Dominion and Beyond, DS9 Season 3 DVD special features)
One idea that the writers had that was never actively utilized on-screen was that the Dominion knew about the Federation long before the Bajoran wormhole was discovered, and that they were developing a long-term strategy to deal with the inevitable contact. As Wolfe explains, “The Dominion knew the Federation was out there long before the wormhole was opened, and they had plans to deal with the Federation when the Federation was projected to enter their space in two hundred years, and they were building slowly towards that, that’s why they sent out Odo in the first place. But then the wormhole opens up and suddenly the Federation is in their backyard today and it just throws everything into question for both the Federation and the Dominion.” (The Birth of the Dominion and Beyond, DS9 Season 3 DVD special features)