The "Badlands", located in Sector 04-70, was a region of space along the border between the United Federation of Planets and the Cardassian Union, that was known for intense plasma storms and gravitational anomalies. For that reason, it was commonly avoided by most interstellar traffic. (DS9: "The Maquis, Part I")
During the Cardassian occupation of Bajor, the Bajoran Resistance frequently used the Badlands as a refuge from Cardassian patrols. Because of the severely limited sensor ranges in the area, the Bajorans used echolocation techniques to navigate and detect other ships. (DS9: "Starship Down")
The Cardassian warship Vetar in the BadlandsAround stardate 48300, the Caretaker abducted several starships from the Badlands, including a Maquis raider piloted by Chakotay, and the Federation starship USS Voyager, which had been sent to track Chakotay. (VOY: "Caretaker") A Cardassian Galor-class warship was also abducted from the Badlands around the same time. (VOY: "The Voyager Conspiracy")
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