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|The USS Bajor engages Orion Syndicate forces attacking Dreon VII in 2409.|
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The Gamma Rolor 324 system, consisting of nine planets, a G-type star, and a red dwarf, was detected by astronomers based out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2137. Over the course of sixteen months seven planets were detected by the transit method.
The system was visited by the USS Darfur on a charting mission in 2347, which located two more planets that the UNC-CH astronomers had missed. Gamma Rolor 324 VII was noted to be Class M and marked as a possibility for a Federation colony, but rising hostilities with the nearby Cardassian Union forced all plans to be put on hold indefinitely.
The Cardassian Union's Occupation of Bajor left the Bajoran homeworld in ruins with much of its natural resources depleted. After the Cardassians withdrew in 2369 Federation aid shipments initially proved sufficient to keep the Bajorans alive, but as the Republic of Bajor established itself Bajoran nationalists in the Council of Ministers began to push for greater autonomy from the Federation. To that end they introduced legislation to fund the creation of Bajor's first offworld colony.
While opposed to the Bajoran Nationalist Party in principle (in part because of their ties to the Alliance for Global Unity), Commander Benjamin Sisko and Major Kira Nerys, respectively the CO and first officer of Deep Space 9, agreed that Bajor needed to improve its self-sufficiency. They privately suggested to their allies in the Council of Ministers that they should try to co-opt the Offworld Settlement Act, with the promise that Starfleet would help them settle and keep any planet they selected. They located Gamma Rolor 324 VII in Memory Alpha's records, and Sisko convinced Starfleet Command to sign off on the deal. The irony was not lost on the Nationalists but they recognized that they had been outmaneuvered, and the legislation was passed unanimously in April 2371.
Over the next several years the colony would establish itself and begin funneling resources including metal ores back to Bajor. Among the captains making the run was Kasidy Yates, skipper of the SS Xhosa. (DS9: "For the Cause")
By 2409 Dreon VII had a population of 768,000. The colony was attacked in December of that year by forces of the Orion Syndicate. Upon receiving a garbled distress signal, Admiral Anthony Marconi ordered the USS Bajor, USS Jadzia Dax, and USS Amaterasu to respond. The Bajor arrived first and eliminated several warships raiding the outlying village of Tholis. Captain Kanril Eleya then beamed down to defeat their ground parties. The Dax and Amaterasu arrived later, and the Dax assisted in recovery efforts while the Bajor and Amaterasu were re-tasked to join up with the Marduk Carrier Battle Group and avenge the attack. (B&S: "Asymptotic to Death", "A Nightmarish Rage")