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Player Race: No
Relation to UFP:
Peace (members of Dominion)

- Since they're members of the Dominion it is safe to assume that they won't be joining Stafleet anytime soon.

Civilization from the Gamma Quadrant and member of the Dominion.  The Vorta were the Dominion's representatives to the Karemma.  The Vorta instructed the Karemma to direct all communications for the Dominion to an automated subspace relay outpost on Callinon VII (The Search, parts 1 and 2 -DS9).  The Vorta also controlled the deadly Jem'Hadar warriors on behalf of the Founders.  To do this, the Vorta controlled supply of the drug ketracel-white, which the Jem'Hadar needed to survive (Hippocratic Oath -DS9, To the Death -DS9).
Star Trek: The Encyclopedia (1999 edition).

Humanoid species, part of the Dominion in the Gamma Quadrant.  Aeons ago, the Vorta were small, timid apelike forest dwellers who lived in hollowed-out trees.  One day, a family of Vorta hid a shape-shifter who was fleeing from a mob of angry 'solids'.  So grateful was the shape-shifter that he promised the Vorta that they would one day be transformed into powerful beings and that they would become an important part of an interstellar empire.  The shape-shifters, later known as the Founders, made good on this promise when they genetically engineered the Vorta to assist them in ruling the Dominion.  This engineering included a compulsion to worship the Founders as gods (Treacher, Faith, and the Great River -DS9).  The Vorta reproduce by cloning and use the technique to acheive a sort of immortality.  Vorta are immune to most forms of poison (Ties of Blood and Water -DS9).  Since the Vorta were genetically engineered by the Founders, they have only the skills and abilities deemed by the Founders to be necessary for their assigned role in the Dominion.  For example, the Vorta were not given an aesthetic sense and are tone-deaf.  They have very good hearing but poor eyesight (Favor the Bold -DS9).  They have a very limited sense of taste.  Kava nuts and rippleberries are the only foods that they really enjoy (Treachery, Faith, and the Great River -DS9).  Vorta are expected to kill themselves if captured by enemies of the Dominion by using a termination implant (The Magnificent Ferengi -DS9, Treachery, Faith, and the Great River -DS9).
Star Trek: The Encyclopedia (1999 edition) -Supplemental