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I won't allow the Bajoran people to be powerless anymore. We have been doormats to the Cardassians and now the Federation, any great power that happens by. We will not be that again.
~ Jaro Essa

Jaro Essa was a male Bajoran and antagonist introduced in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Homecoming".

He was portrayed by Frank Langella.

Biography

In the early 2300s he was a Major in the Bajoran Militia when the Cardassians made first contact with the Bajorans. He witnessed the Militia being largely dismantled by the Cardassians during the occupation, and made rebuilding the organization a priority when the Cardassians left Bajor.

Entering in to politics, Jaro appeared to be a moderate politician, but in reality he was an extremist who wanted to see all aliens leave the Bajoran system. He became the leader of The Alliance For Global Unity (aka The Circle) and began fomenting plans to overthrow the Bajoran government. He did not realize that the Cardassians were supplying weapons and material to the Circle in the hopes that they would force the Federation to leave Bajor and make it easy for the Cardassians to reconquer Bajor. Jaro worked closely with the corrupt Vedek Winn Adami, who shared many of his views.

Jaro was briefly able to take control of the Bajoran government, however support fell away when it was revealed that the Cardassians were supporting the Circle. Vedek Winn turned against Jaro at that point, and supported the investigation against him and the Circle.

Forced out of office, Jaro was recruited a few years later by First Minister Shakaar to assist the government in a crisis where a group of aliens were bent on destroying Bajor. During talks with the aliens Jaro tried to kill the alien representatives, and was knocked out by Shakaar.

Jaro was imprisoned for his crimes at Kran-Tobal Prison on Bajor, and was still imprisoned there as of 2376.

Trivia

  • Frank Langella went uncredited in his DS9 television appearances as he did not want to be seen as appearing on Star Trek related media for money or exposure.

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