gamma quadrant

really important ds9 things to talk about
  • Kira’s self identification as a terrorist (a radical religious one at that)
  • o’brien’s generalized racism (ie: all the Jem’Hadar are enemies, even these ones who haven’t killed us yet and are trying to get away from the Founders
  • Odo coming to reconcile his connection to the Founders as family but also being separate 
  • first wave Ferengi Feminism
  • Nog getting into Starfleet Academy
  • Rom as an engineer
  • Quark’s preference for strong women who defy all Ferengi tradition despite how much he talks about upholding Ferengi values
  • Sexism among the Federation men (Bashir, O’Brien, Sisko worrying about protecting the women; there’s a scene where Bashir pities women as wives because they have to stay behind and worry)
  • the way Keiko is treated 
  • seriously though i have so many feelings about Keiko
  • excuse you have no need for a botanist in the gamma quadrant??? there’s literally nothing for her to do on the station?? why does she have to take Molly with her to the planet where she will be doing field work, lots of intense traveling, and stressful situations? Miles has a normal day job and returns to his quarters every night, Keiko goes backpacking across the Bajoran mountains for months at a time
  • DR. O’BRIEN TO YOU. NONE OF THIS MRS. O’BRIEN SHIT.

i’m only on season 4 of ds9 but if more things come up feel free to add

oName: I.K.S. ‘avwi

Type: Vor’cha-class Attack Cruiser

Affiliation: Klingon Empire

Captain: Kol

Year: 2370

Background: Klingon flagship circa 2370. Commanded a squadron of warships to DS9 after the destruction of the K’Tang by what appeared to be the Cardassians. Officially they were there to help “protect” their Federation allies against the Cardassian Union. Although a state of war technically existed between Cardassia and Qo’noS, Kol agreed to mediation by a Federation negotiator and would lead his people’s delegation. During the negotiations only the command ships of each delegation were allowed to stay but as negotiations broke down the ’avwi faced off not only against a Cardassian cruiser but two of the station’s runabouts protecting it. Additional ships from both sides converged on the station but when another runabout emerged from the wormhole being chased by a Romulan warbird it was clear they had been duped. The ‘avwi and the Klingon forces converged on the warbird and destroyed it, avenging their fallen comrades. Not long afterwards they were assigned to map possible colonization sites and military targets in the Gamma Quadrant. After an incident where several officers were killed by villagers on Shelvar 6 (mistaking them for Dominion mercernaries) an Imperial Adjunct - Katha - was assigned by Gowron to facilitate first contact missions. In actuality she was assigned to substantiate claims that Lursa and B’Etor were in the Gamma Quadrant trying to obtain large mineral deposits. They responded to a distress call from a Federation Colony on Gakora stating they were under attack by unknown forces. They found one badly injured survivor who was of no help. They put him in stasis and returned to DS9 to off-load him and return to the Gamma Quadrant to find the culprits. Sisko and Dax were ordered by Starfleet Command to join in on the mission. It wasn’t long before the ‘avwi came under fire from a fleet of small fighters. The Myvock then recognizing the Klingons as their allies stood down believing they had brought two Starfleeters to them. They led the Klingon ship to their world to meet with the Myvock King. They eventually discovered that Lursa and B’Etor were behind the incident as they incident the locals to kill the humans that had tresspassed on their “Sacred World.” After eventually escaping (along with a captive King as well as Bashir and O’Brien) they returned to Gakora and exposed the Duras Sisters’ mining operation. Koleth, an officer that had been saved by Bashir previously, gave his life for the Doctor on the surface. They returned to Myvock and exposed the Military Commander’s treachery to his King.

Appeared in the Hearts & Minds miniseries and the Lightstorm One-shot, Malibu Comics

  • Romulans: So how's that cloaking device we shared with you working out?
  • Sisko: Oh, it's great, thanks.
  • Romulans: Awesome. Now, as per our deal, what can you tell us about the gamma quadrant?
  • Sisko:
  • Romulans:
  • Sisko:
  • Romulans:
  • Sisko: i am a simple tailor
The Great Link (A.K.A. the Neverending Gelatinous Orgy of Existential Crisis) Is Really Just One Person

Hi Star Trek fandom. Today I’m feeling extra motivated so I decided to be meta as fuck and write a post about the Changelings because that’s how I roll.


So I’m gonna go all college essay on you and start with a thesis statement: the Great Link is one person (sorta).


Let’s start with the definition of personhood and individuality according to Star Trek. Multiple times throughout the series, it is implied, when not downright stated, that a person is who they are, as a specific individual, because of their memories. This was pseudo-established quite early in the canon by the episode “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” in TOS.

All right, sure, some of the androids in that episode have little kinks – Brown does appear a bit strange to Chapel. But Korby makes out with Chapel and she doesn’t suspect a thing. Bear in mind that they were engaged, so she knows him pretty well. He might be a bit different, and arguably might not have truly been Korby, but he was pretty damn close.

After that, we have a few episodes in TNG that make the same point: each individual is an individual because of their memories. You have the episode “Inheritance”, where we meet Data’s ‘mother’, Juliana Tainer, who is basically Dr Soong’s ex-wife’s memories uploaded into an android body. The process was so flawless that even she never knew what she truly was until that episode.

But it’s DS9 that brings the point home even more. Look at the episodes “Whispers” and “Facets”. “Whispers” gives us a replicant who is convinced he is Miles O'brien because that’s what he remembers. In “Facets”, we get memories transfered telepathically from one host to the other, and the hosts become whoever’s memories they receive. Furthermore, Lela Dax, in Kira’s body, even explicitely states that person = memories when she asks “What’s a person if not the sum of their memories?”

Bringing up “Facets” also allows me to tackle the Trill and what they also tell us about personhood when the memories of multiple individuals are merged. They become one person. (This is different from the Borg where individuals’ memories are only used when they can further the Collective’s will to assimilate all the things. The Borg don’t change their personality, their actions, or their intent after they absorb other people’s memories. But that’s a whole other meta post on its own.) The Trill show what happens when two sets of memories merge and become one. Neither of the personalities disappears, they just coexist and mingle until you’ve almost got a third person with a new personality, subtly influenced by the other personalities that were added to the mix.

An episode that also showcases the merging of two people and what it does to the person created is Voyager’s “Tuvix”. Tuvix is depicted as being a person made of a perfect blend of Tuvok and Neelix. But he is also adamant when he states that he is not Tuvok or Neelix. He is both of them, and something entirely different at the same time.


Which brings us to the Great Link and how its literal definition is “a merging of form and thoughts, ideas and sensation,” at least according to the Founder, who admittedly likes to fuck with Odo’s head, and various parts of his anatomy, on a semi-regular basis (*shudder*). However, we’re going to assume that she’s telling the truth on this point since his experience of the link seems to be coherent with that explanation.

This also implies that they also share memories, and also leads us to this next scene, which reveals a lot about how the Founders view their own personhood and individuality.


ODO: You haven’t told me your name. 
FOUNDER: What use would I have for a name? 
ODO: To differentiate yourself from the others. 
FOUNDER: I don’t. 
ODO: But you are a separate being, aren’t you? 
FOUNDER: In a sense. 
ODO: When you return to the Link, what will happen to the entity I’m talking to right now? 
FOUNDER: The drop becomes the ocean. 
ODO: And if you choose to take solid form again? 
FOUNDER: The ocean becomes a drop. 


Why differentiate yourself from the others when you share literally everything? When intimacy of thoughts, form, sensation, ideas, basically memories is a literal constant in your species, are you really going to be able to distinguish yourself from the whole? And since even Odo the Rebellious Puddle calls the Link 'paradise’, are you even going to want to?

The analogy of the drop of water in an ocean is a very good one. If you put a drop of water in the ocean, then extract another drop from that same ocean, is it the same drop? No. Your first drop is now part of the ocean. It’s one with it. And that second drop is really just a smaller part of the ocean.

But how come Odo doesn’t become one with the Great Link when he mingles with them? Probably because he doesn’t want to. His link to the Solids “won’t last”, maybe, but it’s there, and it prevents him from fully joining his people.

Additionally, it’s very likely that the Founders don’t want to fully integrate him just yet. They certainly have the ability to keep him out, as they do in “Broken Link”, when they even manage to manipulate him into thinking that Gowron is a Changeling impersonator, or in “Behind the Lines” and “Favor the Bold”, when one of the Founders manages to manipulate Odo without much effort, hiding her true intentions from him. Also, remember that scene in “The Search” when one of the Changelings disagrees with another over whether Odo is ready for linking or not? This is just speculation at this point (this whole post is, but whatever), but something tells me that the Founders aren’t too sure of what they’re going to find in Odo’s metaphorical head, and might not want to take all of his memories in just like that.


In any case, since it is the repository of all of the Founders’ memories (excluding the new memories made by Founders currently out of the Link) and every Changeling that leaves it is just a part of itself (drop in the ocean analogy), it seems reasonable to conclude that the Great Link is just one person.

Does that mean that Changelings cannot lead a meaningful life as individuals? Evidently not. Odo and Laas both existed outside of the Link, and presumably there are at least 97 other Changelings doing the same throughout the galaxy at the time of the series (there were 100 infant Changelings, one is dead and the two others are Laas and Odo).


So what does this mean for Odo, especially in light of that heartbreaking scene from “What You Leave Behind?”, where Odo returns to the Great Link and heals his people? Well… it depends on him, really. If he does as he has always done in the past and refuses to fully mingle with the Link, then he’ll continue to exist as an outsider within it, never fully sharing its “form and thought, idea and sensation.” A lonely existence indeed.

And honestly, because of how much he’s made it clear that he wanted to return to his people eventually (“The Die is Cast”, anyone?) and how bittersweet the whole episode felt, I would be inclined to believe that Odo has rejoined at the end of Deep Space Nine.

Does that mean he ceased to exist? Yes, and no. If my theory is right, the Great Link integrates a Changeling’s memories much like a Trill host integrates a symbiont’s. They become part of it as much as all of its other memories. So Odo isn’t gone, not really, because in a sense, the entire Great Link is Odo now.


And hopefully, that bodes well for the future of the Dominion and the Gamma quadrant in general.

Keiko, Jadzia, and Kira go into the Gamma Quadrant on a special botanical survey mission and bring back an unknown sample of a plant. The sample reacts with energies in the wormhole and grows rampant, eventually turning the Promenade into a jungle ecosystem. Quark decides to convert his bar into a Rainforest Cafe, much to the delight of his many Ferengi employees and customers.

You know an episode of ds9 I would have no trouble believing? The Enterprise somehow gets flung to the Gamma Quadrant by an unknown entity, ends up near to the wormhole, comes through, and spends a tense few days getting repairs at ds9 while crew members meet back up with each other and Sisko angrily avoids Picard the whole time. O’Brien meets up with a few of his old buddies from the transporter rotation, as well as joins in on one of Geordi’s poker games. Keiko gets to see all of her old friends from the botany lab again. Deanna meets Odo and Odo is secretly kind of thrilled to meet Lwaxana’s child. Deanna cracks up on her own later when she realizes her mother put the moves on yet another officer (and was more successful than with Picard). Jake and Nog meet a crap ton of other kids by sneaking over to the Enterprise, and maybe accidentally become a stowaway? Riker tries hitting on Kira or Dax. Worf and Dax chill. Bashir and Crusher compare notes on ridiculous diseases/medical problems they’ve faced, trying to one up the other. Data flocks to Odo to compare differences in experiences the two have had as ‘outsiders’ to the rest of their respective crews. Odo shakes him as quickly as he can. Riker loses at Quarks betting game A LOT before hitting on another random traveler docked there and retiring to his quarters with her.

I know Worf eventually joins the ds9 crew, so I wasn’t really sure what he’d be like with the others. I feel like he’d respect Major Kira’s fire and authority, but also like to spend time with other members like Dax. Maybe compare notes with O’Brien about what it’s like to be on Ops.

Name: U.S.S. Rio Grande

Registry: NCC-72452 

Type: Danube-class runabout

Affiliation: Starfleet

Years: 2369-2372

Background: One of three runabouts attached to Deep Space Nine. Dax and Bashir were using it to perform a planetary survey in the Gamma Quadrant when they ran across a poorly cloaked ship. The ship refused hails and tractored them in. The Chiaran slave ship that captured them was directed to DS9 by Dax to help with their injured and starving. Later used by O’Brien and Dax to chase a pair of Chiaran slaves that had stolen the Runabout Ganges and planned to detonate it inside the wormhole. O’Brien used the runabout’s phasers at low power to push the other runabout outside the wormhole. The two Chiarans were beamed off just before the runabout exploded harmlessly on the Gamma Quadrant side. In 2371 Sisko, Kira and Romulan Ambassador Jannek took the runabout to pursue the Orinoco which had been stolen by Bajoran zealots believing an artifact retrieved from the Gamma Quadrant was a Chalice of the Prophets (they also had Dax, Bashir and Ensign Jamie Kirk hostage). Later that year O’Brien and Dax used the runabout to pursue a privateer named Lane Crockett into the Gamma Quadrant. He had stolen one of the Orbs of the Prophet. They were forced to disengage when they came under heavy fire from the Aresians.

Appeared in Star Trek: DS9 #4, 23, Blood & Honor one-shot, Malibu Comics

1.12 - The Big Goodbye

Friend of the blog Deborah mentioned this to us, like, six months ago and then we never did it, and then friend of the blog Alex mentioned it to us like two weeks ago and reminded us that there was some “40’s by way of the 80’s realness” (just like that one part in Xanadu) so I was like “I’m on it.”

This is the first Holodeck episode, and what happens? THE HOLODECK TRIES TO KILL EVERYONE. Of course.

First off, though, the Captain is trying to learn how to perfectly pronounce this alien language because if he doesn’t, the aliens in question will be offended and kill everyone: 

Still easier to learn than Welsh

Deanna is helping coach him in a lovely season one Mardi Gras Beads Hair Accessory:

And of course, great cleavage #respect

Keep reading

okay as a voyager and ds9 fan you know what’s been bothering me for-fucking-ever?

the fact that voyager didn’t consider heading towards the gamma quadrant instead of straight at earth. i’ve looked at a few maps of the trek ‘verse and there is no incredibly clear consensus of whether the wormhole would be closer. YOU JUST LEFT DS9 KIDS you have multiple Bajoran crew. Are you saying that no one that ship ever said ‘Hey, is the wormhole closer than earth?’

5

because saathi1013 asked to see it: the rant I went off on over at twitter earlier, about The Trouble With Tribbles, the Federation’s neoliberal space colonialism, and why Deep Space 9 is my favorite. this is the video I linked to. one addendum I would make is that… yes, Sherman’s Planet is meant to be “undeveloped” — but as early seasons of DS9 point out, a planet being “undeveloped” by some standards doesn’t mean that it's uninhabited.

it’s easy to forget about this when things get really moving in the Dominion War arc but the whole arc with the Dominion started in the first place because all of the major powers in the Alpha Quadrant (Federation, Klingons, Romulans, and Cardassians) started setting up colonies on Gamma Quadrant planets and fighting over these territories like they just belonged to said powers.

The people in charge of leading these colonizing missions even knew that there was sentient life in the Gamma Quadrant as early as season one. 1.06 “Captive Pursuit” has at least two Gamma Quadrant species coming through the Wormhole, which says that there are sentient species living there, which means that everyone in the Alpha Quadrant had definitive proof that these planets were not just “free for the taking” and that they were in the wrong for thinking so at all. The Dominion retaliates against the Federation et al. because they were colonizing the Gamma Quadrant and while the text doesn’t deal with this as much as I’d like, and while the Dominion is ultimately in the wrong for how far they take things during their war with the Alpha Quadrant, that history is important to remember.

meanwhile, in The Trouble With Tribbles, Kirk, Spock, Chekov, Federation Undersecretary Baris, and Koloth don’t say anything about the people on Sherman’s Planet, if there are any people there in the first place, what their perspective here is. The episode probably means for us to assume that there aren’t any people living there and/or that Sherman’s Planet is only a contested territory due to it being a border planet with some kind of strategic advantage. But the fact that they don’t even stop to consider the presence or lack thereof of people on Sherman’s Planet bothers me because it’s symptomatic of Roddenberry’s and TOS’s overall attitudes toward all of the Federation’s expansionist missions, and toward the real world colonialism that inspired said missions whether consciously or not.

Name: I.K.S. K’Tang

Type: Vor’cha-class attack cruiser

Affiliation: Klingon Empire

Captain: Krek

Year: 2370

Crew Complement: 200

Background: Left DS9 for a scientific mission in the Gamma Quadrant. After beaming an expedition on Keltera and resupplying on Caldonia they were headed for an area known as The Abyss, where several starships had disappeared. They were attacked by they believed to be a Cardassian ship, which accused them of crimes against the Union. They were a victim of sabotage and could not withstand the onslaught and rather than be caught Krek authorized a self-destruct. In reality they had been destroyed by a Romulan warbird and made it look like the Cardassians were involved.

Appeared in Star Trek: DS9 #9, Malibu Comics. A prologue to the Hearts and Minds miniseries.

Follow | Confess | Archive

[As a woman I’m so sick of people talking about the ratios of men and women, or the positions of men and women, or the interactions of men and women in Voyager. The bloody captain was a strong willed, protective, beautiful, intelligent, and snarky woman. Isn’t that enough for you people? Oh I’m sorry, you probably just need a ship filled with only women that god modes the Delta and Gamma quadrant.]

I Think I May Have Problem/I Calculated Quark’s Birthday

I was watching the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode, Bar Association. In the episode Quark’s staff, under the leadership of Rom, start a union. The union decides to band together and confront Quark at his bar. When Quark sees them he remarks, “If this is a surprise birthday party, you’re a month late.”

This got me wondering, ‘When is Quark’s birthday?’ I checked to see if the episode had a Stardate, it didn’t. However, the previous episode, Son of Mogh, did. The Stardate was 49556.2. Using an online calculator I discovered that the Stardate was July 22nd. Jadzia tells Sisko in the episode that Kurn will “be up on his feet by tomorrow morning.” Therefore, I have estimated that the episode takes place over a span of two days and ends on July 23rd.

Jadzia tells Worf, at the beginning of the episode Bar Association, “I’d call that a successful mission. Five days in the Gamma Quadrant and no sign of the Jem'Hadar.”  Son of Mogh does not end with the crew going on a mission to the Gamma Quadrant, so let’s assume they leave the next day, on July 24th. That means Bar Association started on July 29th. When Quark tells his employees that they are a month late for his birthday, he is wearing a different outfit then he had on at the start of the episode. That means it was July 30th during the scene when Quark is confronted by Rom’s union; Assuming that Quark changed because it was the next day. If Quark’s birthday was exactly a month ago, that means he was born on June 30th. So sad I missed it. *drops microphone*

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what too much time on your hands looks like.

Fun fact: Bar Association may have taken place in June, but the episode aired on February 19th, 1996. My first birthday.

So I was watching the episode of DS9 entitled “The Visitor” again recently… and I came to a realization that is somewhat terrifying. So Ben Sisko wasn’t there for most of Jake’s life, and that’s terrible, since his son wasted his life trying to find a way to save him. But for the sake of argument, I ask the question:

Was Ben Sisko worth saving?

I don’t mean that I think Sisko should have just languished in subspace or that I feel Sisko isn’t important. The absence of him in his role as the Emissary of the Prophets may have allowed the Pah-wraiths to escape the Fire Caves and wreak havoc throughout the galaxy, which could have been awful.

But that’s not what we saw.

What we saw was a reality where Dukat never rose back to power on Cardassia, and was never able to make his alliance with the Dominion. We saw a reality where the Bajorans and Cardassians were part of a mutual defense treaty, putting aside their former animosities to protect one another from the expansive Klingon Empire. We saw DS9 taken by the Klingons, which meant steeper regulations on travel through the wormhole, but which also probably prevented the Dominion War. We saw a reality where all those people had never died, and the Dominion had just stayed in the Gamma Quadrant, perhaps from a successfully negotiated treaty with the Alpha Quadrant powers. Nog is a captain. Quark owns a moon. JADZIA DAX IS STILL ALIVE (not with Worf, but every rose has its thorns). Overall, it seems like everyone, except for Jake Sisko, is HAPPIER.

Naturally, there are certain other things we don’t know. Where is O'Brien? Was Bashir’s genetically enhanced status ever revealed? Did Rom ever become Grand Nagus, continuing Zek’s reforms for the Ferengi Alliance? Is the Bajoran/Cardassian treaty still in effect, and what is their status among the Alpha Quadrant powers? Arguably, this is a better reality.

And that is absolutely frightening.

Trek for Newbies, Part Two: Star Trek Aliens and Where to Find Them

(The other Trek for Newbies posts can be found here.)

The Star Trek universe is home to hundreds of known species of intelligent aliens, and there are countless others who have yet to be discovered, as only a small portion of the Milky Way Galaxy has been explored by the Federation. One of Starfleet’s primary missions is to discover new life forms on previously unexplored planets - or, as you may have heard, “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.”

In this post, I’ll briefly describe the broad categories of aliens in Trek, explain the basic territorial boundaries of the galaxy, and then get into specifics about the most important dozen or so alien races, including humans, Vulcans, Klingons, Romulans, Borg, Ferengi, Cardassians, Bajorans, Q, Betazoids, and Trill. (Most of this info is under the cut, because good lord this post got long.)

Categories of Aliens in Star Trek

Broadly speaking, aliens in the Star Trek universe can be sorted into two categories - humanoids and non-humanoids.

Humanoids

Almost all of the main characters in Trek are either humans or humanoids, meaning aliens who look pretty much like humans with latex glued to their faces. The real-world explanation for this is, obviously, that they ARE humans with latex glued to their faces, but there’s an in-universe explanation, too: all humanoid species have a common ancestor, the Ancient Humanoids, who seeded the galaxy with their DNA millennia ago. As a result of this, interbreeding is possible between some humanoid species, and there are several mixed-species characters in the various series.

Humanoid species tend to have distinctive personality traits which set them apart from each other - Vulcans are logical, Klingons are warlike, Ferengi are obsessed with money, etc. However, in the latter series it becomes increasingly clear that these are tendencies and not absolutes.

Non-Humanoids

There are also tons of intelligent non-humanoids, who can look like anything from slugs to chunks of rock to puddles of goo to entire nebulas. Think of any crazy sci-fi idea for a lifeform, and there’s a good chance Trek has done it. (The most important non-humanoid characters on the various shows are able to assume a humanoid form, because, well, it’s television.)

Some of these non-humanoids are spaceborne species which live in outer space rather than on planets, like the giant space butterflies, or the giant space jellyfish, or the giant space amoebas.

There are also a bunch of non-corporeal species made of, like, pure energy or magnetic fields or something else handwavey. The most important of these are the Q and the Prophets, both of whom have godlike powers. (The Q are kind of dicks about it.)

Artificial Intelligences

In addition to biological lifeforms, the Trek universe also has artificial intelligences. The main types we know of are holograms and androids.

Holograms are made of light particles and force fields, meaning that they can interact with the physical world. Most holograms are not self-aware, but several of them develop self-awareness throughout the various series; basically, the longer a hologram’s program is left running, the more likely it is to develop self-awareness. The most important hologram characters are The Doctor, Vic Fontaine, and Professor Moriarty. Yes, that Professor Moriarty. He is a recurring villain on The Next Generation. God I love Star Trek.

Androids are humanoid robots. Most androids are also not self-aware; the main self-aware intelligent androids we know of are the handful of ‘Soong-type’ androids, invented by Dr. Soong, who have advanced positronic brains. Data is the main android character on Star Trek, and is a Soong-type.

Now let’s get into specifics! 

In this post, I’ll focus on the species which occur most frequently in Star Trek. But before I get into that, we need to have a quick look at a map…

Keep reading

heraldofandraste  asked:

If you could make your own Star Trek ship for a new series, what class ship would you have, what kind of species would you use for your crew, what would their relationships be like, and what would their mission be?

it would be a new form of immediate relief hospital ship named the Panacea

its design is threefold, with a portion intended to land on an affected planet’s surface and become a clinic, the majority being left in orbit to care for a larger quantity of individuals over a longer period of time, and a final section that jettisons to become a smaller-scale ship to survey other systems in the area

its computer would be equipped with advanced holoprocessors and memory circuits to accommodate programs that emulate the great physicians of the past, boasting names like Phlox, McCoy, and M’Benga, and those of the present - Crusher, Bashir, and Pulaski - because all hands are needed to help in these dire times

and there would be holoemitters in every treatment center to project new and improved versions of the EMH Mark I based on advances the original Voyager EMH brought back from the Delta Quadrant

Borg technology that has been developed on Earth is also a major part of the ship, as regeneration techniques and nanoprobes have shown themselves to be of considerable medical help in research assisted by Seven of Nine

the ship would be crewed by approximately equal parts Bajoran, Cardassian, and Federation officers - it’s only fitting to have a ratio that reflects the species affected during the Dominion War

relationships would no doubt be contentious, due to previous history between the Bajorans, Cardassians, and Federation, but the knowledge that it’s in everyone’s best interest to be aboard this particular ship will no doubt temper interactions

their mission would be to go to the worlds outside of Federation control that were the hardest-hit by the Dominion War

mostly worlds within the Cardassian border, but some as far-reaching as the Gamma Quadrant and the outer worlds of the Alpha Quadrant

Preemptive Measures

@professortora

“Ziyal insulted me the other day,” Garak said suddenly, his eyes steady on the shuttle’s controls as they navigated through the wormhole. 

An archaeological expedition to the Gamma Quadrant was the official reason for the trip for Commander Tora. The official reason for Admiral Garak’s presence was a bit more vague: Classified. Such were the perks of being a highly-ranked officer of Starfleet Intelligence.

"She even tried to do that charming sneer your dear captain always does when he sees me.”