In an answer to this recent question there is a screenshot of a Cardassian who has been assimilated by the Borg. My question is simple: when the hell did the Borg come into contact with the Cardassians? According to every Star Trek map I have encountered, the Cardassian Union is on the opposite side of the Federation to Borg space, which would seem to preclude the Borg 'recruiting' while passing through on their way to assimilate Earth.

Is there any canon or non-canon material on how exactly the Borg came into contact with Cardassians?

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    A map of earth shows that Australia is on the opposite side of the Middle East to the UK, yet you do occasionally find antipodeans who have made it over here without our chums in Dubai being any the wiser. – Paul D. Waite Apr 17 '14 at 7:09
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    The Borg transwarp corridors seem to be one way unless a base is established on the far side to allow a return trip. Without making a transwarp voyage, the idea that a Borg cube could travel around Federation space, either through or around Breen and Ferengi space, stop off in Cardassian territory, then spin around and travel back towards the Delta Quadrant, then speed towards Earth, all without the Federation noticing its actions until it directly approaches their borders, is ludicrous. Also, comparing space travel to a trip on a single planet displays "two-dimensional thinking," Khan. – James Sheridan Apr 17 '14 at 13:09
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    sure, but the idea that Cardassians are only found in Cardassian space, and Borg in Borg space, is equally ridiculous. – Paul D. Waite Apr 17 '14 at 13:34
  • Of course, but they are certainly more likely to run into each other if they're in each other's backyards. – James Sheridan Apr 18 '14 at 8:14

The Hansens were exploring the Delta Quandrant, investigating the Borg, long before Q Who. No reason to think that there might not have been some Cardassians out exploring the galaxy too.

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The Borg have transwarp hubs in all quadrants of the galaxy. It's likely that they've encountered, and assimilated limited samples of, many ships from many species in areas where they're not necessarily in the process of invading.

Or, there a Cardassian could have been a passenger on some other ship that was assimilated, such as a transport vessel.

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  • This answer is as speculative as the previous one. – James Sheridan Oct 27 '14 at 8:15
  • Not denying that. didn't deserve a downvote though. – Derek Oct 27 '14 at 19:22
  • I didn't downvote you. – James Sheridan Oct 28 '14 at 2:01

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