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Because it's huge and relatively fragile. Moving it under its own steam a few million klicks within a solar system was next-to-impossible and only done in extremis. Towing it at warp to get it to another solar system would result in it disamantling itself violently. KIRA: Mister O'Brien, what would it take to move this station to the mouth of the wormhole?...


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Main Canon It appears to be a cosmetic of some description. Not only do the blue marks appear inconsistently on different Cardassian females (ranging from highly visible to not at all), but we also see these marks appear and disappear on Garak, a Cardassian male, which strongly suggests that they're temporary and cosmetic rather than physiological and ...


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I don't think Star Trek has ever gone into detail about how Starfleet's security systems are meant to work. Vash, for example, gets into the captain's private quarters in QPid, but Picard's curiosity about her methods is apparently not particularly intense. Assuming Quark didn't give him a hand somehow, Sloan is apparently capable of getting in and out ...


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I can confirm that The Best of Trek 2 (archived here, unfortunately with relatively poor OCR) does indeed contain this article and that the article does indeed postulate that subspace radio is somehow performed via wormholes (which it describes as "gateways") and that there were two different ages of human FTL travel. It seems rather illogical to explore ...


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If they can see it visually, that's enough to know its distance and orientation. With that, because it's a sister ship, they exactly know the size and interior layout, so that's enough to go on. Of course they might not know the exact location of crew members, so might take a risk of beaming into one, but maybe the writers didn't think of that.


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Yes, they deliberately left the 'how' ambiguous to make Section 31 more powerful and mysterious. Over the years, we've seen that the UFP seem to rely a lot on voiceprint and fingerprint identifications, coupled with sensors detection. In many instances, we can hear the Captain or XO utter a sentence like 'Authorization Picard Alpha-Sigma-7-2-9'. Janeway ...


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As an addition to the excellent answer by Valorum, I would also point out that such space stations are rarely, if ever, equipped with warp drives. Moving it from it's position in orbit of Bajor to the entrance of the wormhole took a few hours, thanks to the little bit of creative engineering by the crew. Moving it back to Cardassian space at such slow ...


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They appear to have left the station before the deployment of the cloaked minefield, or else they would have helped to lay it. As to their location, it seems very likely that the runabouts were what Keiko, the 'kids' and the other Starfleet civilians (and their families) used to evacuate the station to Earth where they presumably remained until the station ...


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