Re: decision regarding Rugal incomprehensible!
I've never understood why the commanding officer of a Federation starbase had any authority in deciding a custody dispute between Bajoran and Cardassian citizens. Rugal was a Bajoran citizen and lived on Bajor; this dispute, from a Federation POV, should clearly have been kicked over to a Bajoran court to decide.
Meanwhile, anyone interested in Rugal's story should pick up the DSN novel The Never-Ending Sacrifice
by Una McCormack. It tells the story of Rugal's life on Cardassia throughout the remainder of the series.
"Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism, as I understand it." - George Orwell, 1946