Re: Why is it Deep Space "9"?
Does it say something about the Federation that, while the cardassians gave the station the moody name 'Terok Nor', the best that Starfleet could come up with was a generically bland sounding letter/number designation?
Mind you, I suppose that 'Terok Nor' could simply be Cardassian for "Subspace Outpost 232", or something.
Weren't all Cardassian stations named ____ Nor? Though I can only remember Empok Nor. So Nor might be an equivalent for starbase.
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