The First Battle of Bajor

Seen in "Way of the Warrior"

Written: 2000.07.10
Last revised: 2000.07.27

Klingon Objective: Capture DS9 intact. Gowron seemed to be intent on destroying DS9 outright, but the use of boarding parties indicated that his true intent was to seize control of the station.

Enemy Assets:

  1. One Federation space station.

  2. The USS Defiant.

  3. A Federation fleet which was called up by Sisko to reinforce the station. This fleet was never seen, but was presumably capable of taking on Gowron's attack force.

Friendly Assets:

  1. At least one Negh'var heavy cruiser, which served as a command vessel for Gowron himself.

  2. Numerous Klingon battlecruisers and Birds of Prey, numbering in the dozens but probably less than fifty (since the DS9 TM indicates the station can hold off a fleet of up to fifty ships, and the number of ships seen onscreen doesn't contradict that figure).


How could the Empire have succeeded where the Klingons failed? We might imagine the following tactics:

Flip side: how would an Imperial battle station have fared in place of DS9?

Conclusion: On either side of this battle, the Empire would be able to achieve victory without a battle. Sun Tzu would be pleased, and I would give them 2 for 2.