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Breen commander of Star Trek Deep Space 9

The Breen are a species in the science fiction franchise Star Trek. They wear suits which generate an arctic environment inside them; this is because their homeworld is believed to be an arctic wasteland. They have never been seen on the show outside their suits (although a few characters on the show have seen them offscreen). They established the isolated Breen Confederacy in the Alpha Quadrant and became a powerful ally of the Dominion of the Gamma Quadrant.

Not only is their appearance mysterious, but their behaviour perplexes others as well. The Romulans have a saying: "Never turn your back on a Breen." This is shown when a Breen grabbed a pistol from the holster of a Jem'Hadar soldier whose back was turned to him in a Dominion asteroid prison; the Breen in question had never done anything besides quietly sitting up until that point, giving no indication that it would be a proactive threat.

The Breen have established mining facilities consisting of Breen guards and kidnapped workers (from spaceships), such as Tora Ziyal, Gul Dukat's daughter.

The Breen suits are usually thought of as refrigeration suits, but some speculate that the Confederacy is a comfortable environment (from the Cardassian point of view). The helmet of the suit consists of a glowing green visual piece and a beak, which seems to suggest the Breen have an unusual facial structure. The Breen have no blood or any similar liquid circulatory system. The Breen costume, especially the helmet, looks very similar to the one worn by Princess Leia when trying to infiltrate Jabba the Hutt's palace in Return of the Jedi.

The Breen eat algae paste, which is probably the only plant life that grows in an arctic environment.

Even though their language is entirely electronically coded and then broadcasted outside of the suit, they still can be translated with ease by the Dominion. The leading representative of the Confederacy to the Dominion is the Thot (similar in rank to a General).

Although the Breen appear almost exclusively in episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, one Breen appeared as a hologram enhanced by the Hirogen in Star Trek: Voyager. They were also referenced in many episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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