Deep Space Nine
Originally a Cardassian mining and refinery station named Terok Nor in orbit around Bajor, it was built by the Cardassians in 2351 abandoned and wrecked towards the end of the Cardassian occupation of Bajor in 2369. The station was originally commanded by Gul Skrain Dukat, the last Cardassian prefect of Bajor, until 2369 when the Bajorans assumed command of the station, along with, at the request of the Bajoran provisional government, the Federation. It was then renamed Deep Space Nine (DS9), with command assigned to then-Commander Benjamin Sisko, who was later promoted to Captain at the end of 2371. The station was still in Bajoran space, however, and subject to Bajoran laws. After the discovery of the Bajoran wormhole shortly after Sisko assumed command, circa stardate 46379.1, the station was moved to the mouth of the wormhole to consolidate Bajor's claim to it, after which the station assumed a great commercial, scientific and strategic importance. Aside from the brief period in which the Dominion from late 2373 to early 2374, and a brief leave of absence that he took from later 2374 to early 2375, Sisko remained in command of Deep Space Nine until the end of the Dominion War, in late 2375, when Colonel Kira Nerys assumed command.
The station serves as a base for the exploration of the Gamma Quadrant via the wormhole, and is a hub of trade and travel for the denizens of the sector. As it is run by a joint crew of Starfleet and Bajoran officers, It is the home port of a number of Starfleet runabouts; and two experimental warships that were later added to its complement following the rise of the Dominion as a threat during the series, both of which were designated USS Defiant. The station and its crew played a vital role to the intense politics surrounding the Bajoran sector, the wormhole, and their environs. After the encounter with the Dominion and owing to the volatile conditions, the station was retrofitted and heavily armed. The station's full complement of weaponry includes 5,000 photon torpedoes, several phaser banks, and shields that extend 300 meters around the station. At the beginning of the Dominion War in late 2373, the station was temporarily lost to the Dominion, who held it for several months before it was retaken after the Battle of Bajor by Federation and Klingon forces in early 2374. During the Dominion war, its largely Earth-human crew had technical problems when a Klingon fleet which arrived needing emergency repair of severe battle damage. As a result, the Klingons were given use of a part of Deep Space Nine so their ships could be repaired by their own people.
The station is over a kilometer in diameter, composed of a broad outer Docking Ring, an inner Habitat Ring, which contains residences and the Promenade, and a central core containing the fusion reactors, and the Operations Center, known as "Ops". Sweeping up and down from the Docking Ring and defining a spherical shape are three sets of docking pylons. It is of identical design to Empok Nor, which was first seen in a late fifth season episode of the same name. In its current position at the mouth of the wormhole, the station is three hours away from Bajor by shuttle. The Promenade is the main thoroughfare in which visitors and residents congregate publicly, on which can be found Quark's Bar, which is the most frequently-seen off-hours location for the station's crew, the Infirmary, the Replimat, a Bajoran Temple, Garak's Clothing Shop, Chief of Security Odo's Office, a mineral assay office, a candy kiosk, and for a brief time during the first season, Keiko O'Brien's classroom. A weapons storage area is located on Level 5, Section 3 of the Habitat. There are normally about 300 permanent residents of the station, though the station can accommodate up to 7,000.
"Terok Nor" was also a space station in the Mirror Universe. Built under the authority of the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance in orbit of Bajor. In 2370, the station was the command post for Alliance authority throughout the Bajoran sector, under the command of Intendant Kira Nerys. The station also served as a processing center for uridium ore mined from Bajor; the processing facilities were manned by Terran slaves. Terok Nor still orbited Bajor in the Mirror Universe because the wormhole was still unknown there. In 2372, the Terran Rebellion wrested control of the space station away from the Alliance. The Alliance, determined to recapture the station, sent a fleet of ships under Regent Worf to fight the rebels. When they arrived, the rebels had completed their Defiant which was based on schematics for the Defiant in the primary universe. The Alliance fleet was defeated and Terok Nor remained a base of operations for the Terran Rebellion for at least the next three years.
According to The Star Trek Encyclopedia, 2nd ed.:
- The station model was designed at the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine art department by Herman Zimmerman and Rick Sternbach. Contributing artists included Ricardo Delgado, Joseph Hodges, Nathan Crowley, Jim Martin, Rob Legato, Gary Hutzel, Mike Okuda, and executive producer Rick Berman. The miniature was fabricated by Tony Meininger.