Chin'toka system

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Star Type: Red
System Type: Single
Number of Planets: 4
Notable Features: None

The Chin'toka system was a Cardassian star system located near the Federation border, containing four planets, two of them inhabited. It was the scene of two major confrontations in the Dominion War. This system is located in the Alpha Quadrant, and is now part of the Neutral Zone between the Federation and the Cardassian Union.

Dominion War

At the end of 2374, the system was protected by only five squadrons of Jem'Hadar attack ships because the rest had been diverted to reinforce Dominion forces along the Romulan front. This vulnerability provided an opportunity for Allied forces to launch an invasion of Cardassian space. However, the Cardassians had anticipated their attack and deployed hundreds of orbital weapon platforms in the system. These platforms nearly turned the battle against the Allied forces, until a way was found to neutralize them. Subsequently, the system fell to Allied forces (see First Battle of Chin'toka). (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets")

However, the invasion did not proceed further than Chin'toka as was hoped; the victorious Allies remained bottled up in the system, fending off constant Dominion attacks. (DS9: "Image in the Sand", "The Siege of AR-558")

A Dominion counterattack on the system in early 2375 was halted, although the forces of the Romulan Star Empire suffered heavy losses. (DS9: "Shadows and Symbols")

The Chin'toka system remained under Allied control for most of 2375, until it was retaken by a combined force of Dominion and Breen warships. An Allied attempt to repel their advance ended disastrously, in which 311 of 312 ships were destroyed with relative ease. This was due to Allied unpreparedness for the Breen energy dampening weapon, which rapidly disabled the fleet, leaving all affected ships completely defenseless (see Second Battle of Chin'toka). (DS9: "The Changing Face of Evil", "When It Rains...")

After the Dominion, along with the Cardassian Union, was defeated, the system was deemed neutral territory by a treaty between the Federation and the Cardassian Union. The Chin'toka system has remained in the Neutral Zone for several years.