- Dominion slogan(src)
|Head of State|
|Head of Government||
Emperor Arcturus Mengsk I (March, 2500—late 2504/2505)
Dominion High Command (de jure)
|De facto leader||
Emperor Arcturus Mengsk I (March, 2500—late 2504/2505)
September 2500 (after the Liberation of Korhal)
The Terran Dominion, sometimes simply known as the Dominion, was created shortly after the fall of the Confederacy at the height of the war between the terrans, the zerg and the protoss from the Sons of Korhal and many other terran factions. Korhal IV is the throne world of the Dominion.
The roots of the Terran Dominion spring from the Rebellion of Korhal, a "terrorist" faction which emerged when the Terran Confederacy put down a rebellion against them on the world of Korhal. The Confederate attempts to weaken the Rebellion backfired when they slew its first leader; Arcturus Mengsk became its new leader and was even more effective. When Mengsk forged an alliance with the Umojan Protectorate, the Confederates destroyed the world of Korhal using nuclear weaponry. Mengsk renamed the Rebellion the Sons of Korhal. The rebel movement fought against the Confederacy, allying themselves with former Confederacy Alpha Squadron leader General Edmund Duke and eventually destroying it using psionic devices to lure the zerg to the Confederate homeworld of Tarsonis. This action alienated two good-hearted Sons of Korhal officers, Sarah Kerrigan and Jim Raynor. The former was abandoned on Tarsonis and infested by the zerg while the latter defected with a rebel movement.
- Arcturus Mengsk at the Dominion's founding(src)
The successful destruction of Tarsonis caused the fall of the Confederacy. Most Confederate survivors joined the Sons of Korhal, including the remaining Confederate squadrons, which were forcefully conscripted, giving the Dominion military supremacy. The former rebels saved many terran lives, but refused to assist worlds that did not welcome their intervention, as Mengsk remarked that the planet's local government had ultimate authority on that planet. Many survivors were taken to Ursa.
It was during this period that Jim Raynor's Raiders launched a daring raid on the Dylarian Shipyards, hoping to steal enough ships to move far from Mengsk. General Edmund Duke had been sent by Mengsk in the flagship, the Hyperion, in order to prevent the assault, but the Raiders prevailed, stealing the flagship and numerous other vessels. Duke was left behind, alive but tied up. Mengsk's government suffered a defeat before it could even declare itself.
For the first time, all of the terran colonies within the Koprulu Sector (including Umoja and Moria) were united under one sovereign ruler. A few exceptions, such as Raynor's Raiders and an elite commando squad led by one Samir Duran remained outside its control.
The Dominion government became based out of Augustgrad, the capital of the throne world of Korhal IV. The Dominion set up a powerful defense grid on Korhal consisting of battlecruisers, nukes and other deterrents.
Alpha Squadron Missions and Other ConflictsEdit
During this period Alpha Squadron was sent to the ash world of Char because of psychic visions Emperor Mengsk received from his former lieutenant, Sarah Kerrigan. Alpha Squadron was heavily defeated by the zerg, however, and forced to pull back. It remained at Char, and even attempted to fight protoss visitors on a number of occasions. The force eventually left the planet.
Alpha Squadron was also dispatched to deal with notorious smuggler Alan Schezar and his Scavengers, leading to further mysteries when the Dominion discovered that Schezar could somehow control zerg. The detachment broke away, disobeying orders in order to assist the protoss in putting an end to Schezar's zerg threat, but Schezar escaped.
After the fall of Aiur, Alpha Squadron was dispatched to aid the colonists of Bhekar Ro. The squadron suffered heavy losses fighting over a xel'naga temple against both the protoss and zerg and was cut off from the Dominion for months afterward.
The Terran Dominion was also involved in a war to retreive a powerful xel'naga artifact, the Argus Stone from the planet Aridas. The Dominion intended to use it as a military weapon. Although the planet was technically a Terran Dominion outpost, the arrival of protoss and zerg forces made things complicated. Jenson Archimedes was in charge of the Dominion expedition that clashed against the protoss and zerg, and after various battles the Dominion managed to retreive the Stone from a protoss stronghold on the planet. However, in an effort to recover the Stone, the Zerg Crusaders destroyed Archimedes' battlecruiser escort, then pursued him through multiple Dominion bases. The zerg captured some of his allies, infesting them in order to gain information on Archimedes' whereabouts. The zerg eventually stole the Stone from Dominion forces, who allied with the protoss and followed the zerg all the way to Char, only to be defeated.
The Brood WarEdit
The UED InvasionEdit
- Arcturus Mengsk to Admiral DuGalle(src)
At the beginning of the Brood War, the Terran Dominion came under siege from an expeditionary force from the United Earth Directorate, an invasion force sent by Earth to pacify the Koprulu Sector. The UED Forces started their invasion with a "test" which consisted of observing Dominion troops being slaughtered by zerg which the UED released upon an unsuspecting colony.
The Dominion world of Braxis was subjected to an unusual protoss attack, which weakened the garrison. The world was later attacked by the UED, which invaded in the wake of the protoss retreat. The UED linked up with Samir Duran, a defector from Alpha Squadron, and his Confederate Resistance Forces. Together they destroyed the main Dominion base at the capital, Boralis, where the UED was able to decrypt the Dominion's datalink and gain access to Mengsk's most guarded files.
Confederate Resistance Forces officers Samir Duran and Angelina Emillian used this information to plot an assassination attempt on Arcturus Mengsk while he was visiting Umoja. Mengsk was hampered by Umojan distrust; they demanded he keep his capital ships beyond the outer shipping markers, forcing him to descend in an obsolete gun cutter. The Confederates used a Cassandra scrambler to cut Mengsk's communications off from his fleet and an EMP net to cut off communications with local Protectorate defense forces. However, the assault was a failure, in part because Dominion Fleet leader Edmund Duke disobeyed Umojan instructions to stay away when communications were cut off. Mengsk learned the term "UED" but did not learn what it stood for. Not knowing how the Confederates were able to target him so effectively, Arcturus Mengsk believed the Umojans were complicit in the attack.
The next UED target was The Dylarian Shipyards. There, the UED stole a large number of battlecruisers, then defeated a Dominion counterattack. The UED impressed most of the remaining Dylarian defense forces into their fleet.
Finally, the UED cracked Korhal's powerful defenses, disabling strategic war assets. They then proceeded to attack and conquer the city of Augustgrad. Arcturus Mengsk escaped due to the surprising assistance of Jim Raynor. Due to Raynor's alliance with Fenix and the backstabbing of Samir Duran, who had originally joined the UED as an ally, the UED failed in its attempts to recapture Mengsk.
The UED had a hidden agenda as well: to seize the Psi Disrupter (a potent anti-zerg weapon), take control of the second Overmind and use the zerg to pacify all conflict in the region. The UED's Admiral DuGalle successfully captured the Overmind on Char and used it to maintain a number of enslaved zerg on Korhal. The Psi Disrupter also weakened Infested Kerrigan's control over her own zerg.
Recovery, and BetrayalEdit
- A defeated Mengsk to the Queen of Blades(src)
Mengsk woke up to find himself at the mercy of Jim Raynor and Kerrigan, both of whom had very personal reasons to hate him, but both feared the UED more than they feared him. They made a deal: if Mengsk would assist Kerrigan in regaining control over her zerg forces, she would assist him in retaking Korhal. Kerrigan even convinced Raynor to help her rescue the remains of the Dominion fleet from the UED. The forces struck Braxis, site of the Psi Disrupter. Mengsk's psi-emitter enabled Kerrigan to rebuild her forces and finally destroy the device. The forces eventually moved against Korhal, with Kerrigan's zerg spear-heading the attack against the UED.
Although Arcturus Mengsk succeeded in regaining his throne world, he (along with Raynor and Fenix) were betrayed by Kerrigan and he lost his chief military adviser, General Edmund Duke to Kerrigan's zerg forces. Mengsk swore revenge, but Kerrigan left Korhal. General Warfield had not been present at the battle.
Later, Kerrigan found herself in a weakened position on a space platform over Char when the UED, protoss and Dominion launched a simultaneous (but uncoordinated) attack. The Dominion forces were cobbled together with help from "special interest groups" who wanted to see Kerrigan dead. Kerrigan defeated all three forces; she allowed the Dominion and protoss to survive, but took gruesome revenge on the UED.
The Dominion had been driven to the brink of annihilation by various UED, zerg, and protoss assaults, but it nevertheless survived.
After the Brood WarEdit
Following the Brood War, the Dominion's military was still weak. It was unable to deal militarily with problems such as the New Trinidad Pirates, eventually resorting to hiring mercenaries to destroy them. Still, at least according to propaganda, the Dominion was quickly able to (re)establish its military and economic might.
Years later, the Dominion had partially rebuilt its armies and would attempt to re-establish its empire by reconquering worlds. By the next war, the Dominion had time to build several large fleets with more advanced technology, as well as increased its knowledge of the zerg.
The Dominion became the most powerful terran force in the Koprulu Sector, having taken over many of the former Confederacy's worlds, but was opposed by the Umojan Protectorate and Kel-Morian Combine. It fears Infested Kerrigan and her zerg, who have been "too quiet" over the past four years.
The Dominion engaged in an economic conflict with the Combine. The latter would sabotage Dominion operations.
Ghost Program and the Umojan ProtectorateEdit
The Dominion would eventually become involved in a public relations clash with the Umojan Protectorate over the fate of its ghost recruits. Senator Corbin Phash of Maltair IV secretly harbored a psychic son, Colin. The secret was revealed when the planet was attacked by the zerg. Only the two Phashes survived. Corbin Phash took shelter with the Protectorate, but Colin was captured and inducted into the Ghost Program. The Protectorate found itself under a Dominion economic blockade, raising the price of food. The Dominion even tried to assassinate Corbin Phash, but Phash survived the attack.
The Dominion turned to public relations to defend its use of ghosts in order to counter propaganda made by former Senator Phash and spread by the Protectorate.
The Dominion's most significant military development project since the end of the Brood War was Project: Thor, a (formerly) secret superweapon system. Umojan agent Ulli Trey infiltrated the testing facility, bringing the information to the Umojan Protectorate. The Protectorate planted evidence, blaming the attack on the anti-Dominion faction, the Koprulu Liberation Front.
The Dominion ordered the destruction of minor terrorist groups.
In 2501, the Dominion closed down Project Shadowblade, a ghost-enhancing program which used terrazine, a psionic reagent, to enhance the powers of ghosts. The results were called spectres. However, numerous problems arose, causing the project to shut down.
Shadowblade survivor and Nova Squadron commander Jackson Hauler, under the guise of General Cole Bennett, hatched a plot with spectre Gabriel Tosh, AI Lio Travski, the Umojan Protectorate, and some "lesser" players suchas Michael Liberty. They intended to use the spectres to kidnap Arcturus Mengsk and place the Dominion under Hauler's command. The revolution failed, however, and Hauler and most of the spectres were killed.
The Heir Apparent and the Search for ArtifactsEdit
Arcturus Mengsk's son, Prince Valerian Mengsk, was secretly named the "Heir Apparent" to the Dominion. Valerian commanded high authority over the few who knew his true identity. The prince became interested in an alien artifact on the dead world of Nemaka, and hired an archaeologist, Jake Ramsey, to look in on it. Ramsey discovered a secret there, but when Valerian's marines on the Grey Tiger imprisoned him, Ramsey fled with R.M. Dahl to the world of Dead Man's Rock, which was outside of Dominion space. The zerg attacked shortly afterward, drawn by Ramsey's discovery. Arcturus Mengsk considered this invasion as an attack on the Terran Dominion. The Dominion temporarily came into possession of a protoss treasure trove as a result of the conflict.
Valerian Mengsk's status later became public.
Conflict with Raynor and Mar Sara OperationsEdit
- Dominion slogan(src)
Arcturus Mengsk set about making Jim Raynor into "public enemy number one", accusing him of terrorism and constantly hounding him. He refused to kill Raynor, as that could make him a martyr. To defeat the rebel, his image had to be shattered first.
Dominion official Tamsen Cauley, however, in part of a scheme to increase his own power, recruited a band of outlaws, the War Pigs, to assassinate Raynor. He formed an army which was "not Mengsk's. Not the Dominion's" – the Cerberus Program, which he would use to kill the War Pigs once they murdered Raynor. (The War Pigs had been a Confederate team which Cauley used in those days to try to kill Arcturus Mengsk.) Raynor managed to escape Cauley's wrath.
The Dominion spent trillions during this period fighting rebels. Some felt the resources would have been better spent expanding the Dominion Armed Forces against a future zerg invasion. Emperor Mengsk claimed the danger posed by the likes of Raynor merited the expenditure. The expenditure succeeded in reducing Raynor's Raiders to a nominal threat.
Mar Sara was settled by the Kel-Morian Combine shortly after its purification, but the Dominion moved in, taking control of certain sites. The Dominion also came into conflict with the zerg at Mar Sara.
Aliens and ArtifactsEdit
The Dominion used forced labor to excavate a component to a xel'naga device on Mar Sara. The Dominion outlawed the trade in such alien goods. This forced the Möebius Foundation to hire Raynor's Raiders to secure artifacts for them.
The Second Great WarEdit
The massive zerg invasion of terran space forced the Dominion into retreat. The Dominion Fleet withdrew to fortify the Core Worlds; the Fringe Worlds were left to fend for themselves. Despite consolidating the defense and mobilizing, the zerg continued to advance.
The war coincided with a resurgence of Raynor's Raiders. The Raiders struck a blow against the Dominion home front by broadcasting proof of Mengsk's war crimes during the Great War. The emperor was publicly embarrassed by the negative media coverage, but maintained control despite popular anti-Mengsk riots.
While the fighting continued, Prince Valerian used the Möebius Foundation and Raynor's Raiders to reassemble a xel'naga device, capable of deinfesting the Queen of Blades. Valerian believed this would restore peace, and prove irrevocably his ability to be emperor.
The prince requisitioned half the Dominion Fleet for an attack on Char. The emperor did not approve of Valerian's alliance with the Raiders but allowed the assault to proceed. The combined Dominion and Raynor's Raiders battle group suffered heavy casualties pushing to the primary hive cluster, but succeeded in using the xel'naga device to deinfest Sarah Kerrigan.
New Phase of WarEdit
The Dominion survived its weak position at the end of the previous phase of the war—the revelation of genocide, and the loss of numerous fringe worlds—through ruthlessness. In addition, the Kel-Morian Combine was not a viable enemy, the Swarm's attacks had been directed toward finding artifacts rather than actually destroying the Dominion, and the Swarm fractured upon its defeat on Char.
Kerrigan was hiding in a lab along with Jim Raynor when a Dominion force led by Nova attacked, with Kerrigan as the primary target. Kerrigan escaped, but Raynor was captured. Shortly afterwards, Mengsk publicly announced that Raynor had been captured and executed, and declared victory for the Dominion. 
Mengsk's triumph was short-lived however. Kerrigan, having learned of Raynor's "death", set out to reunite the zerg and exact revenge on Mengsk. She reclaimed Char from the Dominion, and killed General Warfield in the process. Strategic Dominion assets throughout the sector were attacked and destroyed by the resurgent Swarm.
When Mengsk learned of Kerrigan's activities, he sent her a message, revealing that Raynor was alive, and threatened to kill him if Kerrigan didn't stay away from Korhal. Kerrigan was not deterred, and with the aid of Prince Valerian and the crew of the Hyperion, she rescued Raynor from the prison ship he was held aboard. Kerrigan also joined forces with an infested Alexei Stukov, and destroyed Mengsk's secret hybrid facility at Skygeirr Station.
Kerrigan's Swarm headed to Korhal and surrounded the planet. After conferring with Prince Valerian, she agreed to land her troops outside of Augustgrad in order to give the civilian population more time to evacuate.
The Dominion used their Drakken pulse cannons to try and stop the invasion. Though they shot down many zerg drop pods, enough made it through. Kerrigan then countered with her bile launchers which destroyed the Dominion's defense network, allowing the rest of the Swarm to land.
The Dominion responded by activating their newly developed Psi Destroyer, which killed zerg using their own psi connection. However, Kerrigan's primal zerg allies were unaffected by the Destroyer. They infiltrated the Dominion's lines and destroyed the device.
Kerrigan then proceeded to assault Augustgrad itself. The Dominion's Elite Guard put up heavy resistance. During the battle, however, Kerrigan received unexpected assistance from Raynor and his Raiders. The joint Swarm-Raider forces broke through the Dominion's defenses and destroyed the gates to the palace. Kerrigan then entered the palace alone to deal with Mengsk. She cut through the palace's troops and confronted Mengsk in his office at the top of the palace. Mengsk was waiting for her, and revealed he had the xel'naga device previously used to de-infest her. Mengsk used the device to disable Kerrigan, but before he could finish her off, Raynor appeared and destroyed the remote Mengsk was using to control the device. Kerrigan then slew Mengsk with a blast of psionic energy, demolishing the office in the process. With the emperor dead and Kerrigan's vengeance complete, the Swarm ceased its attack and withdrew from Korhal.
A New BeginningEdit
- Valerian Mengsk(src)
Following the death of his father, Prince Valerian assumed the throne. He set out to rebuild the Dominion and pledged to abolish the oppressive laws that had existed under his father's reign.
The Dominion is an absolute monarchy with Arcturus Mengsk currently at its head, though this is a fact that he tries not to reinforce. The Dominion possesses a nobility with great wealth. Like the Confederacy, the Dominion maintains a senate of elected planetary representatives.
Internally, the Dominion rules through oppression, fear and surveillance and makes extensive use of propaganda in order to control its citizens. It has outlawed "crimes" such as hitchhiking and squatting, has banned the airing of "subversive" music, and is somewhat corrupt. Externally, as Mengsk once put it, "tyrants can only survive by presenting a greater tyrant as a threat." The Dominion maintains a somewhat aggressive stance towards its neighbors. Groups such as the Umojan Protectorate and the UED Expeditionary Fleet remnants are labeled as "racial traitors" in propaganda and the zerg and protoss are portrayed as distinct threats, although no formal state of war existed between the Dominion and the latter species. The Dominion claims that it is the only effective defense against the Swarm; a force that during the years after the Brood War, it claimed was dormant, though many within its military structure knew otherwise. The Dominion's predecessor, the Terran Confederacy, is also demonized.
- Emperor Arcturus Mengsk (head of state, deceased)
- Crown Prince Valerian Mengsk (heir apparent)
- Finance Minister Aldeo Cistler
- Director of Internal Security Tamsen Cauley
- General Edmund Duke (Alpha Squadron, Dominion Fleet, deceased)
- General Horace Warfield (deceased)
- Colonel Jackson Hauler (later went rogue)
The Terran Dominion is probably named after Arcturus Mengsk's former unit in the Confederate Marine Corps: Dominion section, part of the 33rd Ground Assault Division. He chose the name because he thought it was "appropriately grand".
|Dominant Terran Government|
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|Dominant Koprulu Government|
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Incumbent (concurrent with Kerrigan's Swarm)
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