Terok Nor becomes Deep Space Nine

“Think of it. Five years ago, no one had ever heard of Bajor or Deep Space 9 and now…all our hopes rest here. Where the tides of fortune take us, no man can know.”
— Chancellor Gowron

Deep Space Nine was a new way of exploring the Star Trek Universe. It was set on the Space Station Deep Space Nine, orbiting Bajor, a newly independent planet struggling to find its feet after half a century of Cardassian oppression. Politics and diplomacy were explored like never before.

Captain Benjamin Sisko initially seemed like an unlikely choice for even an obscure base like DS9. As time went on he showed us his mettle and why he was fit to rank alongside captains like Kirk and Picard. He was unflappable even in the face of the most insurmountable adversity.

Deep Space Nine showed us the inner workings of Starfleet and the Federation and made us realize that not everything was squeaky clean. Compromises, violations of ethics, pragmatism over principles. You cannot get something clean without getting something else dirty.