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The Dominion approach to shipbuilding is akin to their policy regarding those who man them, the Jem'Hadar - designed to be effective fighters who can nevertheless be built in the largest possible numbers at the highest possible rate. Their ships are highly modular in design, allowing them to be built in sections at the kinds of facilities which would normally only be capable of constructing shuttlecraft. These sections are then assembled at larger facilities.

This approach allowed the Dominion to build up the number of ships in the Alpha Quadrant with amazing speed, and to replace huge losses relatively quicly once the war was under way. Fortunately, the method is not without its drawbacks; the presence of many major joints in the body of their ships tends to lead to weak spots, most especially when those ships are produced under conditions of great urgency. The interior connections required to unite the various systems into an integrated whole also tend to overcomplicate the machinery, leading to lower reliability in peacetime and complicating repairs of battle damage. Nevertheless, the Dominion war machine was a fearsome one and many analysts considered it unbeatable even by the combined might of the Federation, Klingon, and Romulan fleets.

Various forms of information gathering allowed Starfleet to gain a reasonably accurate picture of the size of the Dominion fleet. There is also a fair certainty about the losses inflicted during the war, while the capture of at least two Dominion ships - one reasonably intact, the other in ideal condition - has allowed Starfleet to get a very good idea of the capabilities of their ships. The following data can therefore be regarded as being quite accurate.
 
 

Class
Type
Strength
Number
Built
Number
Lost
Number
Remaining
Original Class
Strength
Current Class
Strength
Warship
3,000
14
4
10
42,000
30,000
Warship
1,285
1,450
 1,172
 278
1,863,250
357,230
Multirole
220
25,980
8,529
17,451
5,715,600
3,839,220
Freighter
50
4,340
118
4,222
217,000
211,100
TOTAL, DOMINION PROPER
 31,784
9,823
21,961
7,837,850
4,437,550

In many ways, the Cardassians have suffered more than any other group in the Dominion war. Their joining the Dominion was prompted by the Klingon invasion, which cost them heavily.  As the tide of the war turned in favour of the Federation and its allies, there were suggestions that the Founders were more than happy to let the Cardassians soak up as much punishment as they possibly could in order to spare their own fleet. This certainly seems to be borne out by the casualty figures; the Cardassians have lost almost three quarters of their fleet since the beginning of the war, compared to only 31% for the Dominion proper.

The Cardassians suffered further when the Breen allied themselves with the Dominion after recieving several Cardassian territories in return. This led to their rebellion against the Dominion, which prompted various reprisals against the civilian population.
 
 

Class
Type
Strength
Number
Built
Number
Lost
Number
Remaining
Original Class
Strength
Current Class
Strength
Keldon (Type 2)
Battlecruiser 
500
180
67
113
90,000
56,500
Keldon (Type 1)
Battlecruiser
415
225
183
42
93,375
17,430
Galor (Type 3)
Cruiser
330
350
295
55
115,500
18,150
Galor (Type 2/1)
Cruiser
280
500
373
127
140,000
35,560
Patrol Ship
120
1,200
892
308
144,000
36,960
Freighter
30
650
437
213
19,500
6,390
TOTAL, CARDASSIAN PROVINCE
 3,105
2,247
858
602,375
170,990

Undoubtedly the biggest unknown in the entire Dominion war, the Breen are almost as mysterious now as they were before. The size of their fleet and the energy draining weapon with which it was equipped almost completely turned the tide of the war overnight. Nevertheless, very little continues to be known about the Breens exact capabilities and the following table is therefore largely speculative and only partially complete.
 
 

Class
Type
Strength
Number
Built
Number
Lost
Number
Remaining
Original Class
Strength
Current Class
Strength
Breen Warship
Frigate
190
6,200
172
6,028
1,190,400
 1,145,320
TOTAL, BREEN
6,200
 172
6,028
1,190,400
 1,145,320

The Dominion outnumbered the Klingon/Federation alliance from the beginning of the war, and although the addition of the Romulan forces helped even the odds somewhat the Dominion still had seven ships for every four allied ones. The allies were nevertheless turning the tide of the war ever more in their favour, until the addition of the Breen forces swung the balance back.

In the aftermath of the Breens introduction of the energy damping weapon, the Klingons could field only 1,500 ships against a combined fleet of 30,000 - odds of twenty to one. Although this situation improved once the Federation had acquired an example of the Breen weapon, the numerical odds were still heavily against the allies.
 
 

     
Number
Built
Number
Lost
Number
Remaining
Original Class
Strength
Current Class
Strength
TOTAL DOMINION ALLIANCE
41,089
12,242
28,847
11,416,225
 5,753,860

 
 


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