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Come my stalwart children,

Kh'habetím sekmetuto ú deút.

Children-my stalwart come.

Follow well in order, get your weapons ready,

Fírrok bet úldét, kh'etëatátíbek fírmat ú maĥot

Order-in well follow, weapons-your ready make,

Have you your pistols? have you your sharp-edged axes?

Ebek kh'sekalíbek kalú? Ebek kh'haldatíbek halyewat kalú?

You pistols-your have? You axes-your edge-sharp have?

Pioneers! O pioneers!

Manadak! Ar manadak!

For we cannot tarry here,

An lúm sín íneb tóbek,

For we here cannot tarry

We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,

Lúm kh'memnetím eka-talak, lúm seprítiëtet ergal eka-nútta

we darlings-my march-must, we danger-of brunt bear-must

We the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend,

Lúm kh'shedat hebríto mekreüto, lúmuk kh'tehílassë teút

We races youthful sinewy, us-on others-all depend,

Pioneers! O pioneers!

Manadak! Ar manadak!

O you youths, Western youths,

Ar kh'hebal ebek, kh'hebal Neratusë,

O youths you, youths West-from/of

So impatient, full of action, full of manly pride and friendship,

Ilorosuttíútato vë, an maktë úlú, an korrë keprít tó khenethrë úlú,

Impatient so, of action full, of pride noble and friendship full,

Plain I see you Western youths, see you tramping with the foremost,

Ebek kh'hebal Neratusë veçye horilúm, ebek manassetó galaĥil horilúm

You youths West-from/of plainly see-I, you foremost-with tramping see-I

Pioneers! O pioneers!

Manadak! Ar manadak!

All the past we leave behind,

Lúm laktassë tiwa déut,

We all-past behind leave,

We debouch upon a newer mightier world, varied world,

Lúm cardotrhok unsirë unsekreút tókkë, cardot meĥwa

We world-upon newer mightier advance, world varied

Fresh and strong the world we seize, world of labor and the march,

Lúm síut tó sekrít cardot khanaĥ, cardot revatakh, talaktekh,

We fresh and strong world seize, world of labor, of marching,

Pioneers! O pioneers!

Manadak! Ar manadak!
O Pioneers is one of my favourite poems. I've thought for a while that some of the verses would lend themselves very nicely to a sort of state-sponsored propaganda poem on Cardassia, urging young Cardassians to join the military and help expand the Union. These are only a few verses from the original poem, but they were the ones I thought worked best for the purpose I was aiming for. (To hear my favourite reading of O Pioneers, check out this recording of Will Geer - O Pioneers on YouTube)

I've been working on this for a few months now, since I wanted to make sure that I had all the grammar hammered out properly and everything translated correctly. It's been through a few different incarnations, but I'm overall pleased with this final version. It's going to take a while, but I do want to eventually make a recording of this poem so I can get the sounds down in audio. It's going to take a bit more practice, though.

The top line is the original Terran, the second is the Cardassian translation, and the bottom line is the literal meaning of the Cardassian phrases. (There have been some changes made to the original poem where certain words wouldn't work in the context of a Cardassian propaganda poem. )

Please note that this is my own version of the Cardassian language. I have created the grammar and vocabulary myself, and this is not derived from any official canon or other fan sources.
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KholdMalik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Know, I just wish the series (or that they made another series) that gave the Cardassians the same treatment they gave to the Klingons (and the Ferengi). It is clear that they leaned towards that way in the near-end of DS9, but it was too late to give any major insight on the cardies. If they did that way earlier or built on it in the next series, we'd know more about their culture and language (and it would be fucking awesome! XD)
Abayomi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Agreed! The Klingons may have been around since TOS, but I would have loved to see as much effort to develop other alien cultures (particularly Cardassian culture) the way they developed the Klingons. I'd love to see an official Cardassian language developed, but until that happens, I'll be happy creating my own. ;)
KholdMalik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
And I'm happy in checking it out X3

And it is not even really a matter of episodes: They managed to show us both sides of Ferengi society in like... 15 or so episodes. It is just a matter of writting and effort put into it.
Abayomi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Agreed, it could have been done. But, oh well. It leaves more room for us to work things out for ourselves, though, at the same time, it does leave me wishing for more information to go off of.
KholdMalik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Exactly, though gives freedom to create, it would always be helpful if we had a reference.

This is why I wish they could unlock the Cardassians in Star Trek: Online already - the writers WOULD have to make a long and elaborated canon story. And as all factions have minor races to play alongside them, it would be interesting to see how things are for them and who they managed to get joined or conquered under they crumbling Union... but that is another story XD
Abayomi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Is STO considered canon??? That seems a bit strange to me. Games and books seem to be on the same level to me, in that neither one is really considered "official" canon. (Which is why I'm confused about the prequel comic books that are being released before the new Abrams' film being considered official canon, when none of the other Treklit books are. Buh.)

Of course, what is and is not canon is always up for debate. Some people don't consider the films to be canon, and others do. I don't consider Treklit to be canon, but others do.
KholdMalik Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Some writers of STO were, actually, writers from TNG and DS9 episodes. They know what they're doing.

No, they're not "canon", however, this is what most people have now (in a sense, is easier to reach than the books, specially with the tl;dr culture we have nowdays). So, it is the best reference we'll have. And since the massive numbers of people in touch with it day after day will grow once they liberate other races (Romulans, Borg, Cardassians and Ferengi), it will sorta of go to canon (you know this usually happens in such cases), due lack of better substitute.

I found odd that despite not having got the status of "canon", it wasn't readily dismissed either! In a sense, this just makes me shrug and go with it.
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