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interesting question actually!
Well Cardassians are my favorite race in Star Trek to be honest. Its probably because out of all the races we get to see, Cardassians are… one of the most complicated. Because on the one side you see a people who think they are above the others, who do terrible harm and don’t realize what they do is bad. But then you have an extremely loyal people who love their families and put the idea of family on a pedestal to the point where without family you have no standing. And of course you have a ruthless people who destroy anything that will not bend to their will.. but you also have a people who are desperate and have fallen to the depths of despair and therefor turn to terrible things to get what they need.
You have Gul Dukat who is narcissistic and cold and rather delusional but loves his family and breaks when his daughter dies.
You have Rugal the Cardassian boy who was raised by Bajorans who hates his own people, but if you read the ST Novel “The Never Ending Sacrifice” you see him join with those who want to fight the oppressive Cardassian government. Through his eyes you see a beautiful culture and group of desperate people who want freedom. Through his eyes you learn to love the Cardassians.
You have Ziyal who just wants to belong. Who is only half Cardassian and wants to fit in but can find no love from a people who can only see her Bajoran blood and her bastard title.
You have the two scientist ladies Ulani and Gilora in the episode “Destiny” who show the officers that Cardassians aren’t just the terrible soldiers and government but people who love science and food and learning new things.
You have Natima Lang in the episode “Profits and Loss” who stands for those who want change. Who wants to protect her students and goes back to a place that is dangerous so she can bring about change for her people.
And you have Garak. Garak Garak the tinker tailor soldier spy. The most interesting of all, the one who left his people. Who came from poverty and rose to be a dangerous spy. Who reads books with those who should be his enemies, who lives in exile, who just wants to go back, who throughout it all just wants to see his people happy because no matter what they doto him, he loves Cardassia with everything he has.
So to finish it off, Oh yes I should rightly hate what the Cardassians did to Bajor and I do. And when I watch Kira say angry things and O’Brien say hateful things I understand why they do and I sympathize with them and think they have full right to hate them.
But I can’t hate Cardassians. Because when I think of Cardassians the first thing that comes to mind isn’t the oppressive government or the terrible atrocities (though that is a close second), its the radicals and the fighters and the families and the revolutionaries.
Oh gods this got long but yes anon this is why I identify with the Cardassians. ^^;
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