Stardate 47177.2: While talking with Doctor Bashir at the Replimat, the Cardassian clothier Garak sees a Cardassian boy enter with a Bajoran man. Garak asks the man about the boy and is promptly bitten on the hand by the Cardassian. Further investigation reveals that the boy is one of the many orphans left on Bajor when the Cardassians left the planet. The matter becomes a political problem with Gul Dukat contacts Commander Sisko, and voices his hope to bring all Cardassian orphans home.
When the Cardassian occupation of Bajor ended in 2369, the mining space station Terok Nor was left abandoned, its systems ripped out. By invitation of the Bajoran provisional government, Starfleet stepped in to oversee the rebuilding and day-to-day operations of the newly christened Deep Space Nine.
The years of Starfleet's nonintervention into Cardassian matters, however, had taken its toll on relations with the Bajorans. Consequently, Starfleet's position was a tenuous one; many Bajorans, suspicious and hostile as a result of decades of Cardassian oppression and brutality, did not greet the Federation's presence with open arms. The Federation's assistance is put to the test as DS9 becomes a center of travel and commerce that stretches into the Gamma Quadrant.