ST Deep Space Nine "What You Leave Behind":

ODO: All I ask is that you Link with me.

GARAK: I'm warning you, Odo.

ODO: Nerys.

KIRA: Garak, put down your weapon.

GARAK: I don't think so.

KIRA: I said, put it down. (Odo does the Link and she is cured.)

GARAK: Move aside, Odo.

ODO: That won't be necessary. Will it?

FOUNDER: If you will stand aside, I'll order the Jem'Hadar to cease fire.

GARAK: I suggest we secure her in a containment field.

ODO: Don't worry, Garak. She won't try to escape. She's agreed to stand trial and accept responsibility for what she's done.

ST Deep Space Nine "What You Leave Behind":

(The surrender documents are being signed.)

FOUNDER: The war between the Dominion and the Federation Alliance is now over.

ROSS: Four hundred years ago, a victorious general spoke the following words at the end of another costly war. Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exultation of triumph. From both we have learned there can be no going back. We must go forward to preserve in peace what we've won in war. (Douglas MacArthur, WW2. The Founder is escorted from the table.)

FOUNDER: It's up to you now, Odo.

So Odo heals the founder and agrees to heal the Great Link. He's been in the Great Link before and they already know how he feels about "solids" and they manipulated him into almost assassinating Gowron as well as taking away his shapeshifting powers.

I'm not sure exactly what the founder is going on trial for, but it wasn't her alone, and declaring war on somebody isn't a crime. If it was the entire Great Link should be on trial.

This didn't seem like a very good deal for the Federation unless there is something I don't know about.

In any event, what happens to the Jem'hadar, the Dominion, all of their forces, and what guarantees are there that the Great Link won't attack again or manipulate Odo again?

Any out of universe explanations, writers notes, guides, companions, etc. or in-canon stuff is welcomed. If there isn't anything then EU stuff is also welcome.

  • The Founders committed a wide variety of atrocities and war crimes during the Dominion War, notably the bombing of civilians on Cardassia (several billion dead) and the occupation of various Federation worlds without any real justification other than to cause terror. – Valorum Aug 12 '15 at 5:11
  • @Richard Isn't all war kind of like that. It's territorial, bigotry, political, etc. Lots of people get killed senselessly, etc. The Nazi's did war crimes which I think is quite obvious. Stalin did war crimes. But did Italy commit war crimes in WWII? Did Japan? Did the allied powers? I'm not sure what exactly constitutes putting somebody on trial. I think when it gets to concentration camps, experimenting on people, etc. that I think is obvious. Destroying the Cardassian rebellion is just war as ugly as it is. And at the end of the show it said 700 million total dead on both sides in the war. – JMFB Aug 12 '15 at 5:24
  • Shakespeare could still say that “All is fair in love and war”, but since the 19th century, legal rules were developped regarding what you could or could not do in war. – Interestingly, those crimes that you seem to be prepared to accept as war crimes aren’t; they were committed (mostly) during a war, but not as part of the war. They are crimes against humanity. – chirlu Aug 12 '15 at 12:33
  • @JMFB No, all war is not like that. And also, I'm not sure this is a great place for such philosophical discussions. – Lighthart Aug 12 '15 at 14:03
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    “...what assurances do the Federation have that the Dominion won't attack again?” They signed a treaty bro. With a pen. You don’t just welch on a treaty. – Paul D. Waite Feb 22 '18 at 9:54

I think this comes down to a fundamental understanding of Odo's abilities to see the Founder's thoughts. At the end we see him linking with her, at which point at appears that she lets down all of her mental defences, providing Odo with a complete overview of her thinking. He then speaks on her behalf;

ODO: Don't worry, Garak. She won't try to escape. She's agreed to stand trial and accept responsibility for what she's done.

Given that he no longer has censored access, it's reasonable to assume that his statement that the Founders are willing to sue for peace is an honourable one. Presumably this is also accompanied by a cessation of all hostilities, everywhere. Even if they were trying to trick Odo, this would put them at such a massive tactical disadvantage as to not be worth it.

As to why the Federation think that the peace will hold, it's down to the fact that one Founder can speak for all Founders.

Odo: When you return to The Link, what will become of the entity I'm talking to right now?

Founder: The drop becomes the ocean. - DS9: Behind the Lines

As to "what happens next", that's a whole 'nother book series.

  • There's related material in STO: Facility 4028. I'd wager latinum that it conflicts with the novels, though. – T.J.L. Sep 1 '15 at 20:01

Also earlier in the war the female changling states that bringing Odo homes is worth more than the entire alpha quadrant. Surrendering the war in exchange for Odo’s return seems something that they would consider a bargain.

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    Do you know when earlier was? Same episode, different? Could you edit this in? – TheLethalCarrot Sep 14 '18 at 11:32
  • If you add a quote from an episode, it will really enhance your answer. – LincolnMan Sep 15 '18 at 18:13

In Episode 4 season 7, Weyoun #7 tries to recruit Odo to replace the female Founder to bring peace to the galaxy, which is a hint as to how the season will end. He gives all kinds of reasons why this would work.

When the female Changeling surrenders, Odo tells Kira he will go back to the Great Link and remain there. The Great Link will be grateful that Odo saved them from the disease; they will give their support to Odo as the new "ruler" of the Founders. He said to Kira in the final episode that he will convince them to change.

The older Founder will stand trial for her actions and be sentenced. As Odo heads back to the Gamma quadrant, he will take all the Vorta and Jem'hadar with him. The new prophet Sisko will let them through and also prevent the Jem'hadar from coming through to the Alpha quadrant again.

With Odo as ruler of the Gamma Quadrant and the Sisko as one of the prophets governing the wormhole, that's the Federation's assurance that the Dominion will never attack again.


The Federation develops Kravocel-white, a replacement for Ketracel-white, that provides for the nutritional needs of the Jem'Hadar, without encouraging aggression. The Jem'Hadar that did not immediately commit suicide upon surrender, where relocated to a Federation Prison where they were re-educated. Results were mixed and only a small percentage of Jem'Hadar ever successfully integrate into society and gain a new but limited freedom.

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    Welcome to SFFSE! Where did you get this information from? It will go a long way in improving your answer if you were to cite some source for this – Often Right Nov 9 '15 at 1:48

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