Many Voyager crewmembers died when the ship was first flung into the Delta Quadrant and in the seven-year journey home that followed.
But just think about how many more probably would have died if they hadn’t been pulled into the Delta Quadrant, and instead had fought in the Dominion War.
I can definitely picture Janeway fighting against the Dominion. No doubt she’d use her special brand of surgically applied brute force against those Jem’Hadar. Of course she’d get flak for that from Starfleet, but she and Sisko would make a terrifying team. I’d put my money on Voyager and the Defiant any day.
But think about it this way - if Janeway hadn’t kept the Borg busy, then the Federation would have had to deal with them AND the Dominion at the same time.
Now that’s a scary thought.
Woah, I hadn’t considered that before.
I wonder what the Borg would make of the Founders. Gosh, if the Borg had been able to assimilate their ability to change form at will they’d have been unstoppable.
And the Jem-Hadar - would the Borg have considered the soldiers unusable, thanks to their dependence on Ketracel-white? Or maybe they’d have just found a way to produce White using the nanoprobes? Or perhaps they could have simply removed the dependence when they assimilated them.
If the Borg assimilated the Founders, then the galaxy as we know it would have been lost. The Great Link would have merged with the Borg Collective to create an unstoppable force of domination.
White would be irrelevant as all of the newly cybernetically-augmented Jem’Hadar would be directly controlled by the Collective Dominion. They would become a new kind of supersoldier.
The merging with the Link would have made the Borg aware to the concept of conquest and would eventually share that with the ultimate goal of assimilation.
Assimilated changelings would resemble liquid mercury, and would be the ultimate union of organic and synthetic since the living cells and nanoprobes would be in a perfect 50/50 ratio. Assimilated Jem’Hadar would have vast arrays of shoulder-mounted weaponry and serve as the living tanks of the Collective Dominion. Assimilated Vorta would still serve as the controllers of these platoons.
Whole planets, star systems, and eventually the entire galaxy would be made a part of the Collective Dominion. The Federation, the Romulan and Klingon Empires, and even the Cardassian Union would be nothing against their combined forces.
Well, colour me terrified. Did you just come up with that or have you thought about this before?
So if it weren’t for Janeway distracting the Borg, the whole galaxy would have been on course for total annihilation.
In other words, yeah we’re fucked.
Anyways, I’ve been thinking of this for a long time. Only now have I been able to put this into words.
Vorta controllers would be wired into the circuitry of each Borg warship, able to commune with the squadrons of Jem’Hadar housed in the hull. With the assimilation of bioneural circuitry, the ships would technically be half-alive, making healing and repairs one and the same.
Assimilation would still be in practice, however, a new form of it has emerged. The Assimilink. Like assimilation, it allows the Collective Dominion to take control over one’s body, but it also allows full communication with one’s consciousness like the Great Link.
The moment the Borg Queen and the Female Founder assimilinked, it was all over. The Collective Dominion was formed and the Galaxy was lost.