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We know that the Federation, at least the high ranking officials and Starfleet, were aware of the Q as a species but also "De-Lancie-Q" in particular. The thing is, while Q was quite fascinated with humanity as a whole and Picard in particular, I find it hard to believe he didn't meddle in the affairs of other species as much.

Also, we can surmise that other species elsewhere in the galaxy, such as the El-Aurians (at least some of them) and the Borg (post Best of Both Worlds), knew Q as well.

So, my question is: how about the other Alpha/Beta quadrant powers such as the Romulans/Klingons/Ferengi/Cardassians/Breen? Had they directly encountered the Q or were they at least aware of them? By this I mean first-hand experience and not leaked reports etc, that could be attributed to misinformation and so on.

Canon but also expanded universe stories are acceptable.

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    Every captain in Starfleet received a briefing on Q; scifi.stackexchange.com/a/133423/20774 Is that sufficient for you? I would imagine that given that there are thousands of ships on the fleet, that sort of info would leak to every major power with even the most cursory intelligence-gathering capability. .. – Valorum Jul 16 '17 at 17:39
  • In case of the Borg the question would be weither they could even perceive the Q as such rather than a strange anomaly moving their cube (or worse: it being corrupted data). – Mario Jul 16 '17 at 17:49
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    I guess that's a good way of saying it. I'll edit my question again to reflect this. Thanks! – Rebel-Scum Jul 16 '17 at 18:26
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    EVen with the briefings only being for captains, the regular staff wasn't put off much when Sisko OPENLY talked about the Q. – Thomas Jul 16 '17 at 19:26
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    Hey, is this similar to scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/100809/… I'm not trying to kill this question but it seems to have gotten edited to within an inch of this other question. – Xplodotron Jul 20 '17 at 17:07
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Yes

In DS9 episode 1x07 "Q-Less", Q appears inside the Deep Space 9 station, where he interacts with various characters and is seen in Quark's Bar by the guests, especially during a fistfight with Benjamin Sisko.

Besides being Deep Space 9 a station known to be frequented by members of many different species that can potentially have seen him or directly interacted with him, we explicitly see that some Bajorians and Quark, a Ferengi, clearly see him during this scene at the bar; his flamboyant attitude and behavior does not seem to cause too much surprise, it seems likely that those characters are aware of who he is.

  • The implication is that their lack of surprise is because Q has made them into audience puppets. – Valorum Jan 8 at 23:40
  • He merely made them disappear and reappear again, like in other similar situations in TNG, where we know that the crew know him well. Besides this, the question was " Had they directly encountered the Q or were they at least aware of them? By this I mean first-hand experience and not leaked reports etc, that could be attributed to misinformation and so on." and the answer is yes. I don't understand this downvoting everytime on legit answers. – Sekhemty Jan 8 at 23:57
  • It's not really clear what the crowd understand about what's going on. They're in a cafe, then suddenly in a boxing ring cheering the captain as he fights a man they don't know – Valorum Jan 8 at 23:58

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