Lord Zack's Space Opera
The Dominion is the dominant power of the Gamma Quadrant, only challenged by the Protoss Protectorate, the Tal’darim and to a degree, the Zerg Swarm, though they have yet to be directly confronted by the later power. The discovery of the Bajoran Wormhole brought the Alpha Quadrant to their attention, resulting in a cold war between them and the United Federation of Planets. The Dominion allied with the Cardassian Union and waged war on the United Federation of Planets, the Klingon Empire and their allies, who formed the Alpha Quadrant Alliance. The war eventually ended in the Dominion’s defeat, thanks in part to the Romulan Star Empire joining the allies. However the various factions suffered heavily in the battle, especially the Cardassians who turned again the Dominion at the end of the war.
While the Dominion withdrew from the Alpha Quadrant at the end of the war, the threat of renewed conflict with them, as well as other threats like the [[Galactic Empire] has has great influence on the shape of Starfleet’s development. The Defiant-class escort, though initially designed several years before, was put into production in response to the threat of the Dominion, and the Promethus-class escort was put into production following the war. This increased tendency towards the militarization of Starfleet has disturbed many, but the development production of more vessels of war has continued.