Guy Gardener wrote:
Imagine the shit storm if the Romulans chose to recognize the Maquis?
How was Dukat any more eminent than Eddington to make a deal with such scope?
Well, for starters, Dukat had (at least at one point) far more authority and influence within the Cardassian Union than Eddington did in the Federation.
We never really learned the Cardassian governments's reaction to Dukat's private war. It's possible his exploits made him something of a hero among the public, which might have earned him some credibility when he promised the people that the Dominion would make them strong again.
Regardless, however, I got the impression that at least some portion of the government was aware of the impending takeover, if only for the fact that there was absolutely no resistance whatsoever to what would've otherwise been seen as an invasion.
My guess is Dukat was some sort of broker or mediator.