An idea for a "what if" scenario popped into my head just this morning, so I thought I'd stick it here and see what folks thought (or if they had any of their own). What if Michelle Forbes had agreed to the series then done a Denise Crosby and asked to be let out of her contract at the end of Season 1? What would be the best way for her to leave? Killed off like Tasha was, brought forward the Maquis story and have her defect, going MIA somewhere, retiring from Starfleet to become a Vedek? I think having her still join the Maquis, with the odd guest spot here and there would've been the best way to go. Not a thorn in DS9's side but a complication they face when encountering the Maquis. After her departure, the Bajoran government demands on having their own liaison on the station and thus we have Major Kira taking her place.