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From each individual series (and the new canon comics), each crewmember seems to have different reasons for wanting to join Starfleet: To challenge themselves (Picard) PICARD: The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. ...We work to better ourselves ...and the rest of humanity. Star Trek: First Contact Because they ...


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The Dominion does not, in fact, own the entire Gamma Quadrant. Source is Ronald D. Moore, cited in memory alpha: "The Dominion does not own the entire Gamma Quadrant. We had explored the GQ for two years before encountering the Dominion, so it's not as though the wormhole opens up in their living room. There are other races in the GQ that are not part of ...


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Though there's little canon evidence, the answer is probably yes. For starters, it's a pretty safe bet that the Borg are aware of the Dominion. We saw in "Endgame" on a map shown by Seven (who probably knows what she's talking about) that the Borg have some kind of facility in the Gamma quadrant. On top of that, the Dominion's cloning technology would be ...


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There is an obvious parallel: Why does anyone volunteer to join an army in the real world? Sometimes, recruits come from backgrounds so impoverished that the armed forces offer the only chance of a steady job and an education, but this is not necessarily the case. The average soldier could make a living in a profession which does not involve being shot at. ...


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Two possibilities that I can think of, really. Quite likely a bit of both. Odo shared his faith in the solids. Quite literally. The Great Link was described waaay back in Season 2 by the female changeling as "A merging of form and thought, the sharing of idea and sensation." When Odo linked with her, their minds melded in a much deeper way than the ...


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In DS9 itself, the Borg were never involved in the plot. (After the first five minutes, which were a flashback to off-screen events during The Best of Both Worlds, Part 2. Here’s a decent list of Borg mentions in DS9.) As such, the Dominion’s relationship to them was never explored. They do occupy very distant regions of space, so until the Founders reached ...


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Over on the Rules of Acquisition episode page (episode 2x07) on Memory Alpha are these notes (bolding mine): This is the first episode to mention the Dominion. The Karemma are also mentioned for the first time. The decision to locate the initial mention of the Dominion in an otherwise inconsequential 'comedy' episode was one which was very purposely ...


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In DS9: The Search (Part 2), the fake Admiral Alynna Nechayev refers to the groupings in the Alpha Quadrant as "Alliances": NECHAYEV: They're already meeting with representatives from the Federation Council and a dozen other Alpha Quadrant alliances. We're hoping to have a treaty signed within a matter of days, and we have you to thank for it. ...


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I think this was an unfortunate coincidence. The Progenitor was made to look plain and underformed so that all the bumpy-headed, multicolored humanoid descendants could plausibly have been specializations of the original form. In DS9 there was full scale war against the Founders. It doesn't make sense that these Progenitors would go to war with the same ...


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One task the Enterprise E had was welcoming the Evora into the Federation, as seen in Insurrection. Other than that, the Enterprise was not largely active in the war. It most likely was relegated to system defense in important systems and flag-showing missions to allies. ("See, you ARE important! Would we send the Enterprise to protect you if you weren't?"...


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The Ketracel White is used to keep the Jem Hadar loyal to the founders as well as functioning as their sole source of food and drink. In the event that they become disloyal to the Founders (something that's apparently a rather more common occurrence than the Founders would like the Federation to believe) they can simply withdraw access to the substance and ...


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I am surprised nobody has stated the obvious yet: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. and don't forget "Space: The final frontier".


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It is a little fuzzy what, if any, diplomatic channels were opened between the Federation and the Dominion prior to the outbreak of the war. If the Dominion never established exactly what was their territory (rather than perhaps generally claiming the entire quadrant), then the Federation may have felt justified continuing to explore. The few times that we ...


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Sisko causes a very complicated chain of events. The most reasonable explanation is that the Bajoran government replaced Starfleet with the Dominion as administrators of the station. When Starfleet refused to surrender the station, the Dominion were authorized to remove them. Mining the Wormhole constituted an act of aggression against the Dominion. This ...


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Section 31 designed the virus so that Odo would be a vector but not be actively infected, in order to hide the crime they committed. (This worked, but only up to a point.) Bashir comes to this conclusion in a later episode, "The Dogs of War": BASHIR: Odo, there is something you need to know. When I first discovered that you'd become infected with the ...


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You're absolutely right. The quadrants of the galaxy are very large and the superpowers of the Alpha Quadrant represent only a very small proportion of that space. On top of that, the Federation is continually discovering entire solar empires within their own borders, so they can't even claim to be fighting for the whole of their own territory, let alone on ...


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By the time The Dominion War started, Amanda had been living as a Q for several Earth years. Although time & space are nearly meaningless to a Q, it's quite possible that by that time she had learned restraint - the equivalent of the Continuum's "Prime Directive" - and understood why events in the mortal universe must be allowed to play out without ...


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She never existed (see below). Within the main trek canon (TV + Movies) there are no subsequent mentions of Amanda Rogers or her parents. In fact, the events of Voy : Q and the Grey (where Q describes how there have been no new Q children since the beginning of the new era) would seem to completely ignore her existence. This apparent contradiction is dealt ...


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While it may or may not have been planned from the conception of the series, it was very well thought and planned out from at least season 2. This Wikipedia article contains some good comments from interviews and discussions with the Deep Space Nine writers. Among the comments: In 2002, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine producer Ira Steven Behr stated that ...


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While Richard's answer is excellent, it overlooks one central point in Geewhiz's note. "When they run out, the Jem'Hadar go ballistic and kill everything in sight uncontrollably." This is not actually a disadvantage, if accommodated or planned for. Jem'Hadar have an incredibly short lifetime (see DS9: To the Death) and mature very quickly, going from ...


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I'm going to throw my 2 cents in here as well. As a former serviceman here in the states I can testify to the validity of the mindset of individuals joining Starfleet. I'll list the reasons and then discuss some afterwards. And yes, these were pretty much all hit on in the comments above. Familial legacy or duty (my father, grandfather, brother uncle, etc. ...


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1 look at the star trek galaxy map found online, and it appears the distance to the wormhole is close enough to equal that it would be dismissed as an option the instant someone mentioned it. If you're barely capable of making it home, then you take the direct route. You wouldn't take the risk of being barely capable of making it to an alternate route for ...


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Out-of-universe, shields in ST (or, really, any other sci-fi universe) last precisely as long as the plot requires, and not a nanosecond more. If it builds tension, Worf can shout about the shields being down to 58% after a sustained volley lasting half the episode; if it gives us impressive visuals or shows that the characters on other ships are in peril, ...


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Interpretation goes like this: Someone found proto-changeling (that is: unaware of itself and/or of its potential). Trade occurred. When Odo buys it is is a baby - that is unreared, untrained etc. And being centuries old not necessary means biological age. It's entirely possible that it was sent by Changelings specifically for Odo. But original explanation ...


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General Martok is the commanding officer of the Klingon detachment to DS9 which is there to support DS9 against the Dominion and is therefore subordinate to DS9. (1) This leeds to Sisko as commanding officer of DS9 able to give orders to General Martok / the Klingon detachment even if he has a lower rank.


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I think one possible explanation is that in main plots of the various series, what we are seeing in the episodes week to week are the strongest, newest and most advanced ships of the time. The Enterprise 1701 was the flagship. The Enterprise 1701-D was the flagship. The Defiant was an almost new design built for battle. And the Voyager was new and one of ...


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The Enterprise E took part in the events of First Contact and Insurrection during the time period that Deep Space Nine was fighting the Dominion War. 2373 - The events of Star Trek: First Contact. 2373–2375 - The Dominion War is fought. [...] 2375 - The events of Star Trek: Insurrection. Dialogue in this film and in the DS9 finale "What You ...


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Different EU novels present potential fates for the Cardassian Union. The most obvious references is "A Stitch in Time" by Andrew J. Robinson (the actor who played Elim Garak). In it, we see that Cardassia Prime has suffered enormous losses of both population and infrastructure with almost all major cities having suffered catastrophic assaults from ground ...


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The Romulans enjoyed their Alpha Quadrant brethrens' plight and were happy to be part of a winning alliance rather than wage a possibly hopeless war. At first, it was the shared belief of the Alpha Quadrant powers — Romulans included — that the Dominion could be reasoned with or, if necessary, defeated. But it became increasingly clear that ...


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