The Orion Syndicate is a criminal cabal created by the Orions. The Syndicate had been established by the 22nd century, and by the time of the 24th century it was an organized crime cartel, the equivalent of an interstellar mafia. The Syndicate from its inception included among its principal activities smuggling, piracy, slave trading, and assassination.
During the 22nd century, the Orion Syndicate was a somewhat more hegemonic organization, that controlled space neighboring the Klingon Empire, near the Briar Patch, and heavily patrolled by the area of space known as the Borderland, often abducting crew members of alien ships for the slave trade. (ENT: "Borderland")
Into the Mid 24th CenturyEdit
By the 24th century, the Orion Syndicate was purely a criminal organization without political corporation, becoming an interstellar mafia operating within the borders of the United Federation of Planets. Syndicate members from species as diverse as Humans, Bolians, Ferengi and Farians maintain influence on several independent worlds like New Sydney and Farius Prime. The Syndicate even had operatives on Earth and, for a time, in Starfleet. (DS9: "Honor Among Thieves")
During the Dominion WarEdit
The Romulan AllianceEdit
In 2384 the Federation/Romulan Alliance legalized Romulan Ale which made up the bulk of their profits. By 2387, Juraan had enlisted the Zentradi to help in destablizing the Beta Quadrant by providing trachnology to the Tholian, Reman, and Romulan forces.
If a member of the Syndicate is killed, the Syndicate looks after the deceased member's family. The Syndicate took care of Morica Bilby by forcing the Tigan family to pay her money from their pergium business. (DS9: "Prodigal Daughter")