Re: DOMINION DECLARATION
^^While that might be the first visible sign, I'd argue the unwarranted destruction of the New Bajor colony and whatever various ships were listed on the PADD that Talak'talan handed over in Ops marked the beginning of hostilities.
While I get that the Dominion might view the Federation as "invading" their territory, it wasn't the Feds whose solution was to annihilate the new kids on the block.
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