Re: Why were the Maquis even on Voyager?
It was one of those ideas that seemed a good idea in the beginning. But having a crew that would have been strongly divided for most of the series--if not all of it--probably would have made the series too dark in the end. There might have been more stories about fighting for control of the ship than anything else, IMO.
"There's always someone wanting to ruin a good party..."