one of the darkest periods of the Alpha Quadrant was the OMEGA WAR .
It all started with a breakthrough in the production of Omega particle that was to lead eventually to the production of an inexhaustible source of energy.
But the Omega particle unfortunately has a major side effect she rips the sub-space and makes it impossible journey superluminal speed in these regions.
Theoretically it was possible to produce a variety of Omega particles that do not have this adverse effect but the reality was quite different because for every hundred of these particles produced there were a dozen defective and particularly harmful particles for subspace.
These dangerous particles were recovered, first confined safely, abundance soon became a problem.
A problem whose solution was even worse: make weapons of Space destruction .
In the race for the infinite energy source the secret was fatal because the various factions kept strictly secret their advances. And the less advanced factions were those who produced the most dangerous particles in industrial quantities.
The war was inevitable except if it was an universal concerted effort to an open research for Oméga generator. But this was not possible.
O bombs were used to immobilize entire fleets, isolated star systems, cut supply lines, create neutral intrusion zones and disrupt enemy trade …
But the worst consequence was to attract the Borg vessels that appear to have an increased tolerance against the effects of these particles and collected as much as possible.
After years of war, the truce was signed but the quadrant was devastated.
New technology made it possible to collect, neutralize O particles. There was an eclipse of the research on the O generator which however eventually emerge much later.
The healing of the sub-space was long and areas are still suffering but new superluminal engines were developed in the meantime.
Scarring of the sub-space was made but many spatial anomalies appeared with spatio-temporal distortions, spatial vacuoles, timeless rifts or multi-dimensional holes ….