Re: A Question re "Trials and Tribble-ations"
For all we know, official first contact between the UFP and the Bajoran government was seen on screen, as prior to Sisko and the Provisionals shaking hands, there had been no official Bajoran government for the UFP to contact...
Unless the Federation had had contact with Bajor before the occupation took place.
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