So would the Maquis be better off if they would have just relented and go with the flow so to speak? Is hanging on to a piece of land, knowing you'll have another piece of land elsewhere, worth fighting to the death?? I still don't have an opinion as of yet as to whether I would side with the Federation or Maquis. One other thing that I've always wondered about....what did Eddington have to gain by siding with the Maquis? Or was it just on principles of right vs wrong?
When DS9 first aired, the Eddington character was suspicious early on when he was still on DS9. I had thought he was a changeling actually just from his odd behavior. Certainly him randomly joining the Maquis one episode surprised the heck out of me, which kind of was what they were going for. To put a face we've seen awhile and that is familiar on the Maquis.
As for Eddington's personal motivations, in The Adversary, Eddington had mentioned that he wanted to be the captain, as that's what everyone dreams of when they join Starfleet but he had pretty much capped out as a Lieutenant Commander as head of security. In For the Uniform and Blaze of Glory, his mindset it more rationalize that he wanted to be the hero of his own story, and saw the Maquis cause as a sympathetic route for glory that he'd never obtain in Starfleet.
Egotistic? Sure, but he was hardly the first Starfleet officer to join the Maquis. Cal Hudson, Ro Laren, Tom Riker, Chakotay, Tom Paris all also joined the Maquis, each of them having their own varied reasons. Hudson was the voice of the colonists and saw those people suffering. Ro Laren wanted a place where she could truly belong. Riker just wanted so badly to differentiate himself from his clone. Chakotay joined because he was opposed to the treaty. Paris was booted out of Starfleet and just wanted to fly again and "get his bar bill paid."
Every character mentioned wasn't an evil person, and found in the Maquis a cause they could personally embrace for their own reasons. A group of terrorized colonists, abandoned by their own government, fighting the Cardassians for their homes and freedom does strike a certain romantic chord. Eddington blatantly started comparing himself to heroes in stories and Sisko to a villain, not just a villain but one who only went after the hero because he didn't know better.
So Eddington wasn't the captain, but he was the main character in his own story. It turned out to be a tragedy.