Ronald Held wrote:
With the state of the Federation, I doubt it has the resources to completely replace the DS9 in a short period of time.
I agree. But if DS9 was destroyed, and the station on the cover of the next novel is a replacement (pure conjecture as it could be a Gamma Quadrant station which has been the thought for a long time), it could be a station that was being built elsewhere that was moved. Maybe one from the Andorian system since I doubt the Federation/Starfleet would allow Federation/Starfleet property to remain in system.
Who is to say it has to be a complete from scratch construction.