The Maquis are made up of members from nearly every planet in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, with the exceptions of Romulus and Ferenginar. There are a great number of Terrans, as well as some Bajorans, Vulcans, and various disenfranchised peoples from other worlds - Bolians, Betazoids, 'non-Klingons', etc.
Because the Klingon people are, for the most part, intensely xenophobic, children born of mixed-race unions are not considered to be Klingon at all. This is difficult for these children, who are generally shunned by other worlds, as well, due to their part-Klingon heritage. These 'non-Klingon' orphans often end up in work camps or prisons, and are sometimes abandoned to starve to death. There are a number of part-Klingon members in the Maquis, as well.
The Maquis are not organized together; each ship is ruled by its individual Captain. Because of this, the Maquis spend a great deal of their time escaping detection by the Empire, as well as perpetrating illegal activities - disrupting sanctioned trade routes, interfering with smuggling and slave trading, and attempting to persuade more Allied planets to join their cause.
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