Maquis, were they right or were they wrong?


Dear Readers,

Time to get my nerd on. I recently watched several episodes of Star Trek Deep Space Nine regarding the Maquis and their circumstances.

For those of you who are not big Star Trek Fans, the Maquis were originally a group of Federation (Think a heavily armed United Nations of multiple species who have a space faring military) colonists who chose to settle near the territory of a fictional race called the Cardassian. The Cardassian also had a number of colonists doing the same thing on the Federation boarder.

After a war between the Cardassians and the Federation, a treaty was signed to end official hostilities. Part of the treaty consisted of Federation colonists being removed and the worlds they were on given to the Cardassian and a demilitarized zone being created. A large number of the Colonists decided to risk staying on the Cardassian side of the border.

A few years later, the Maquis became aware of an alleged plot that the Cardassian military were arming their colonists. This alleged act prompted the Colonists to illegally begin arming themselves since the official government body of the Federation did not believe the rumor was true. The Colonists who began to fight back claimed the title ‘Maquis’ as their movement.

Now that we know their history, let’s take a look at their motivation:

The Maquis fought against the Cardassians, and the Federation forces sent to subdue them, for their homes and the right to keep them as well as fighting against the alleged arming of the Cardassian Colonists. A large number of the Maquis were made up of Federation officers who left to defend their homes (including a high ranking Admiral). The Maquis targeted any move to help the Cardassians and any Cardassian ships.

The Federation did not support the Maquis and their boarder war because they did not want to incite another war between themselves and the Cardassians.

Personally, if I was a colonist who settled on a world with the sanction of the ruling government then later that same government ordered you to leave your home as part of a peace treaty in which I had no representation, I think I would fight back. Both against the Cardassians and the Federation forces who were telling me that I was not allowed to keep my home.

What do you think?– Poetria

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2 thoughts on “Maquis, were they right or were they wrong?

  1. cordovart August 2, 2012 / 21:11

    I’m of two minds on this topic. On the one hand I can understand fighting for your home that you built with your own blood, sweat, and tears. But the other side of my thinking points out that home is really all about the people in your life, your family in particular. If you stay and fight over a planet and your family may die, it doesn’t seem worth it. As difficult as it would be, I’d just pack up and leave, and take my family with me.

    • Poetria August 3, 2012 / 22:06

      I agree, your heart is where your family/friends/loved ones are. But what the Federation did to the Maquis is essentially telling Texans that Texas was being given back to Mexico to end a war. But should one fight against ‘peace’ or the right to the lands they worked. It is an interesting thing that Star Trek put up

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