C.E. Evans wrote:
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.
Well they could have had the crew slowly evolve into one cohesive group, rather then just having them start that way. If the Maquis wouldn't wear Star Fleet uniforms at first, but slowly decide to adopt them over time, that be work better then all of them just wearing the uniforms and following the regulations right away.