Having just run across this answer: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/121239/22680

where the wording of the Treaty of Bajor is quoted:

All military forces of the Dominion, including Founder, Jem’Hadar, Vorta, or other allies are to withdraw from the Alpha Quadrant effective 26 hours following the general ceasefire order. No Dominion military personnel, spacecraft, or materiel are to remain in the Alpha Quadrant without the express written consent of the joint Alpha Quadrant powers.

I have to wonder:

  • Cardassia is a member of the Dominion, and their military is most definitively a "military force of the Dominion". Yes, they turned against the Dominion during the final battle, but this only means the Guls doing so are guilty of mutiny and/or treason. However, by all legal means, they are members of the Dominion.
  • Breen is not a member of the Dominion (although you can occasionally find the claim that they let themselves "be annexed" by the Dominion). They nevertheless, very clearly qualifiy as "other allies" according to their actions as Dominion ally (delivering energy-damping weapons, attacking Earth, attacking Starfleet ships, patrolling Cardassia, etc.).
  • Romulans used to be Dominion allies, but officially renounced Dominion membership and subsequently declared war on the Dominion after Sisko's ruse. Thus, Romulans are "safe".

Following the above wording, both Cardassian and Breen military forces would need to leave the alpha quadrant (nothing is said about civilians, though).

Thus, did these two parties get said "express written consent"? Seeing how the Romulans (who are a member of the Joint Powers) are neighbours to the Breen, I cannot imagine they would agree to granting such written consent, for obvious reasons.

  • Maybe Cardassian and Breen forces are not forces “of” the Dominion, but forces who fought with the Dominion. The Prophets could probably tell us, given that they knew that (SPOILERS) Sisko was “of” Bajor. Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 10:59
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    Possible duplicate of Do the Changelings (Founders) appear outside of Star Trek: Deep Space 9?
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 11:40
  • I've marked this as a dupe since the quote in my answer below (which explicitly answers this question) also appears in my answer to the linked question.
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 11:41
  • @Valorum: Hmm... the text in the image indeed mentions borders , sovereignty and ownership of territories... but it says nothing about restoring military forces. I mean, try to look at it from a Romulan point of view: It very clearly says the military must go. Verbatim. Generosity and honesty are not well-known Romulan virtues, but enforcing contracts to the letter (while advantageous) is certainly one. Giving back "sovereignty and ownership" of territories but without allowing military, only so you can conquer them in 2-3 years, does that not look exactly like a good Romulan plan?
    – Damon
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 11:52
  • This is the relevant bit "All Alpha Quadrant territories presently under Dominion control, whether seized by force or by treaty, are to be returned to the control of the Alpha Quadrant powers.". That almost certainly includes ceding local defence forces back to the control of local governments. Cardassians included.
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 11:55

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You need to look a little further down the page

All Alpha Quadrant territories presently under Dominion control, whether seized by force or by treaty, are to be returned to the control of the Alpha Quadrant powers.

All borders, sovereignty, and ownership of affected territories are to revert to their status as of stardate 50564.0.

So it's pretty clear that the intention is to simply 'reset the clock', setting everything back to where it was before the Dominion attacked the Alpha Quadrant.

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