Why “Deep Space Nine”?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' started by Captrek, Jan 13, 2022.

  1. TommyR01D

    TommyR01D Captain Captain

    Oct 28, 2011
    Isn't the issue mentioned in the pilot? Bashir talks excitedly about "frontier medicine" and Kira snarks that for her it's home.

    The Federation had hundreds of ships and stations so would have needed a system of designations, but for Bajor it was the only one so they might not have even needed to give it a name.
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  2. NewHeavensNewEarth

    NewHeavensNewEarth Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 16, 2019
    You might enjoy this thread we had going for awhile: https://www.trekbbs.com/threads/no-longer-deep-space-renaming-ds9.298006/
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  3. Vash

    Vash Commander Red Shirt

    Sep 17, 2009
    VIrginia, US
    Well, to be clear....the Cardassians forced the Bajorans to construct the mining station for them. I’m just going by what Memory Alpha says on this point.
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  4. Watersluis

    Watersluis Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Apr 7, 2020
    How little do you know of the historical circumstances of slavery.

    In times of great need, a man will sell his own children into slavery, so that the others may survive for another year.
  5. Bad Thoughts

    Bad Thoughts Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 19, 2013
    Bad Thoughts
    Care to reread what I wrote?
  6. Bry_Sinclair

    Bry_Sinclair Vice Admiral Admiral

    Sep 28, 2009
    Orbiting Urectum
    I always just assumed that after the Cardassians withdrew Bajor would've been quite happy to leave the station abandoned or scuttle it, given it's role in subjugating the population, but when the Provisional Government asked for Federation assistance (as well as petitioned for entry) and Starfleet was assigned to administer relief aid (and assess them for membership) they were gifted the station to use as a base of operations. With no official designation from the Provisional Government or Militia (other than Terok Nor) they wouldn't really object to Starfleet naming it for their own administrative and operational purposes.
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  7. somebuddyX

    somebuddyX Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Nov 14, 2014
    "You have two choices: Starbase 759 or Deep Space 8."
    "Uh, we'll take the latter."
    "Too slow, you're Deep Space 9."
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  8. STEPhon IT

    STEPhon IT Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 27, 2010
    Sunny California
    Sisko's first station log was enough to figure it out; its enough to understand the Federation is there and the station will be designated (DEEP SPACE NINE) as such as long as the Federation is there. No spelling it out why, I never said that.
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  9. Michael

    Michael [ˈmɪçaːʔeːl] Moderator

    Jul 10, 2007
    Aloha Quadrant
    I don't know. Everyone in this thread understands the name “Deep Space Nine” and why Starfleet would name one of its stations like that. But the question was why it didn't have a Bajoran name. The Federation coming in to support the Bajorans doesn't necessarily explain why they wouldn't give it a Bajoran designation. You made it sound like the pilot does in fact give an explanation for that, which I don't think it does.
  10. STEPhon IT

    STEPhon IT Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 27, 2010
    Sunny California
    You mean, you interpreted what I wrote and assumed the following. That was not what I wrote. DS9 was not a series that spelled everything out; it really thought its audience was smarter than that and could understand what was there.
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  11. Unicron

    Unicron Boss Monster Mod Moderator

    May 8, 2003
    The Crown of the Moon
    Deep Space 1-8 were not entirely successful. :D
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  12. Turtletrekker

    Turtletrekker Admiral Admiral

    Aug 23, 2003
    Tacoma, Washington
    Deep Space 4 disappeared Into a space/time anomaly 24 hours after becoming operational.
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  13. XCV330

    XCV330 Premium Member

    Sep 24, 2017
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  14. dupersuper

    dupersuper Commodore Commodore

    Jul 24, 2020
    This is the story of the last of the deep space stations. It was our last best hope for peace...it failed. But during the Dominion War it became something more: out last best hope....for victory.
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  15. Ray Hardgrit

    Ray Hardgrit Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Apr 8, 2021
    Just reading that put a vivid image into my head of the Defiant turning around in front of a purple nebula right before a lens flare sweeps past and the Deep Space 9 logo appears.
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  16. SJGardner

    SJGardner Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 10, 2018
    In the center of Europe
    I can absolutely hear the seventh season intro featuring a montage with voiceover quotes like
    "No one here is exactly what he appears" - Garak to Bashir when they first meet
    "Nothing's the same anymore" - Sisko after the loss of the Odyssey and the warning of Eris
    "Why don't you eliminate the entire Bajoran homeworld?" - Dukat to Weyoun when negotiating to join the Dominion
    "General Hague Admiral Leyton has signed a decree today, declaring martial law" - FNN announcer
    "Now get the hell out of our quadrant!" - Sisko subjecting the female Founder to his trademark yell
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