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William Johannes Ross (2310s - 2386) was among the leading Admirals in the Federation Starfleet during the Dominion War and a prominent leader in the admiralty in the years immediately following that conflict. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: et. al.)
In the 2320s, when Ross was seven years old, he and his parents took the publically-offered tour of the Palais de la Concorde; young Ross entered the Presidential Office for the first time that year, and met several Federation Councillors, though he did not meet President Thelian. (ST novel: Articles of the Federation)
In the 2350s, Ross was a Lieutenant Commander, and worked with Starfleet Intelligence. In 2355 he recruited the services of civilian captains Giancarlo and Aldo Corsi of the freighter Ulrika's Hope to conduct some discreet scans of the Topin system in hopes of gaining intelligence on the workings within the Cardassian Union.
Despite Ross's assurances, the scans were detected and the Ulrika's Hope was intercepted by a Cardassian vessel commanded by Gul Mogad, who killed Giancarlo Corsi. Ross and his team managed to save most of the rest of the Hope's crew, but the grieving Aldo gave Mogad the intel gathered in exchange for a cessation of hostilities. (SCE eBook: Home Fires)
Ross was assigned to the USS Leonov during the conflict with the Tzenkethi as second officer. During one battle against two Tzenkethi vessels the Leonov's warp core was breached, and the crew barely had time to make it to escape pods. The Tzenkethi killed half of the surviving crew by shooting down the pods. Those who survived found refuge on an L-class planet.
A few months later, Ross learned that the Leonov's coordinates had been given to the Tzenkethi by a member of a rogue intelligence network from within the Federation. Ross tracked down the agent to a remote moon in the Arias sector, where the agent of the rogue intelligence agency known as Section 31 explained his reasoning. The Leonov had been about to receive orders to destroy a presumed Tzenkethi industrial complex that had been based on bad intelligence. Section 31 thought that the loss of innocent life would aggravate matters with the Tzenkethi, and took steps to keep the Leonov from carrying out its mission. Ross made the difficult decision not to report the man to Starfleet Command and would work with Section 31 again at various times in his career. (SCE eBook: The Future Begins)
By at least 2361, Ross was serving as the executive officer of the USS Ulysses. He would survive the attack on the Ulysses by a Galor-class starship, although he was taken captive by the Cardassians. (DS9 video game: The Fallen)
In 2369, Admiral Ross travelled to Draken IV after Vice-Proconsul M'ret and his aides N'veran and Revaik defected to the Federation and were brought aboard the USS Enterprise-D. Ross had planned to oversee their debriefing although the Vulcans had pressed for the Romulans to be debriefed on Vulcan. After the Enterprise was damaged by a Romulan weapon and Starfleet was unable to contact her, Ross sent the USS Nolan to investigate. (TNG - The Sky's the Limit short story: "Turncoats")
Admiral Ross was assigned to command Starbase 375 in 2372, following the the death of Admiral Eric Hahn and the arrest of Captain Ishmael Snowden for his role in James Leyton's conspiracy against the Federation government. (TNG - Slings and Arrows eBook: The Oppressor's Wrong)
During the Dominion War of 2373-2375, he commanded the bulk of the fleet in the Federation's war effort against the Dominion. (DS9 episodes: "A Time to Stand", "The Changing Face of Evil", "What You Leave Behind")
When the Romulans installed plasma torpedo weapons on the Bajoran moon of Derna, Admiral Ross initially did not involve the Federation in the dispute. Ross would later relent and force Senator Kimara Cretak to order the removal of the torpedoes. (DS9 episode: "Shadows and Symbols")
Ross would work with Luther Sloan to discredit Senator Cretak and allow Koval, the head of the Tal Shiar and the top Federation operative in the Romulan Star Empire, to be appointed to the Continuing Committee. (DS9 episode: "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges")
Ross was aboard the USS Farragut during the Battle of Cardassia. Following the battle, Ross joined Benjamin Sisko and Martok in viewing the destroyed headquarters of the Cardassian Central Command. Ross would later preside over the official Dominion surrender and offer Worf the position of Federation Ambassador to the Klingon Empire. (DS9 episode: "What You Leave Behind")
In 2379, Ross discovered that Federation President Min Zife was responsible for supplying the Tezwan madman Kinchawn with the weapons that were responsible for the deaths of 6000 Klingon warriors. Ross and several other Starfleet Admirals resolved to remove Zife from office, with Ross insisting that the President needed to be held accountable for his crimes even if the public never knew. Ross was contacted by Section 31, who wrote Zife's resignation speech and had the President and two of his top advisers quietly executed for their crimes. (TNG novels: A Time to Kill, A Time to Heal)
Following Zife's resignation, Ross was considered as a likely candidate for the office. He declined to run, and instead became an advisor to Nanietta Bacco's campaign. (TNG novel: A Time for War, A Time for Peace)
Shortly after Bacco's election, Ross and Admiral Leonard James Akaar ordered the USS Titan under Captain William T. Riker to Romulus in response to Praetor Tal'Aura's request for relief and humanitarian aid to the stricken Romulan Star Empire following Shinzon's assassination of the Imperial Senate. (TTN novel: Taking Wing)
Ross served as Starfleet liaison to the president following Bacco's election. In late 2380, he retired from this position, and from Starfleet, when Bacco discovered his involvement in the forced resignation and assassination of Zife. Ross did not inform Bacco of the role of Section 31 in Zife's death, fearing that the Bureau would eliminate her if she became aware of it. He instead took the fall for Zife's death. Because of his respected position and history, Bacco allowed Ross to disappear into obscurity rather than face public punishment. (ST novel: Articles of the Federation)
In late 2386, Ross was living on Caldos II when he was arrested by the Federation Security Agency on a number of charges relating to his involvement with Section 31. Ross was returned to Earth and held at the FSA detention facility in San Francisco.
Shortly after his arrival, he was interviewed by Attorney General of the United Federation of Planets Phillipa Louvois. While she noted that he continued to act with a military bearing, Louvis noticed how much older Ross appeared than the last time she saw him.
At the start of the interview, Louvois informed Ross that he was being recalled to active duty until legal proceedings could be completed, and then read the formal charges against Ross before proceeding to question him about Section 31. During this interview, Ross was shot and killed by Officer Margo Dempsey. This was in revenge for Dempsey's husband being murdered by Section 31 when they engineered the crash of a shuttle he had been traveling on with a Federation diplomat.
In an alternate timeline in which the Cardassian Union did not withdraw from Bajor in 2369, Ross became the Starfleet Commander-in-Chief after Admiral James Leyton was killed in the Battle of Sector 001 in 2373. (TNG - Myriad Universes novel: A Gutted World)
In his numerous Star Trek: Deep Space Nine appearances, Ross was played by the late actor Barry Jenner. Jenner also voiced Admiral Ross in Dominion Wars. Ross' age is conjecture based upon the age of Jenner; an age of 58 in 2375 yields a birth year of 2317, placing Ross's Palais tour at age seven in 2324. This is consistent with the novel's claim that Thelian was president at that time, since Thelian is conjectured to have assumed office in 2321. Doors Into Chaos notes that Ross is younger than Picard.
|Commanding Officers of the Starships Defiant|
| Prime reality|
|USS Defiant (NCC-1764)||Serling • Blair|
|USS Defiant (NX-74205) (I)||Sisko • Dax • Worf • Kira|
|USS Defiant (NX-74205) (II)||Ross • Sisko • Jast • Dax • Vaughn • Kira • Ro • Stinson|
|ISS Defiant (NCC-1764)||Archer • Sato • Mayweather • Robinson|
|Defiant||Sisko • O'Brien • Leeta • Dax|
|Federation Starfleet Liaisons to the Office of the President|
|Karl Tomlinson • William Ross • Leonard James Akaar|
|Known members and associates of Section 31|
|Primary universe|| ||31|
|Kelvin timeline||Thomas Harewood • John Harrison • Robert April • Alexander Marcus • Yuki Sulu • unnamed Section 31 personnel|
|Starbase 375 personnel|
|M. Abney • C. Argus • Bennet • B. Blackman • J. Bono • M. Bosch • V. Canamar • E. Cooper • P. Corcoran • J. Cruz • R. English • D. Garth • S. Gausche • B. Gocke • E. Hahn • P. Jacobson • B. Johnson • R. Johnson • R. Knox • C. Kunz • D. Lehman • B. Nomine • M. Overton • T. Overton • W. Ross • C. Severy • B. Sisko • I. Snowden • J. Unsinn • E. Vaughn • M. Welsh • M. Westmore • J. White • M. Wiltz • E. Wright|