Day 7. 56 pages, 26,120 words.
By the time Bajor regained its independence in 2369, Winn was one of the more influential vedeks in the Vedek Assembly. She had some support to succeed Kai Opaka after the latter disappeared in the Gamma Quadrant, although Winn’s rival and fellow vedek Bareil Antos was favored for the position. Winn believed the Federation presence on Bajor posed a dire threat to the Bajorans – that the people of the Federation were “without a soul” and existed in a “universe of darkness.” She also disagreed with Kai Opaka on the declaration of Benjamin Sisko, a “non-believer,” as the Emissary.
With the election for kai approaching in late 2370, Winn was in danger of losing the election to Bareil. She learned of circumstantial evidence from Kubus Oak, a collaborator with the Cardassians, that Bareil, not Prylar Bek, was the traitor responsible for the Kendra Valley Massacre. Winn granted Kubus sanctuary on Bajor, so that she could use his testimony against Bareil. After Major Kira Nerys stopped her ship to prevent Kubus from leaving, Winn requested that Kira investigate the circumstances of the massacre. Convinced of Bareil’s innocence, Kira readily agreed.
Kira discovered that it was Kai Opaka who gave the Cardassians information leading to the massacre, as she sacrificed the lives of forty-three Resistance fighters to save more than a thousand civilian lives in the Kendra Valley. Bareil was committed to protecting Opaka’s name despite his own innocence, and withdrew his candidacy, merely days before the election. With her ascension to kai assured, Winn saw no more need to pursue the issue or even learn what Kira had found.
– From Memory Alpha
It just occurred to me why Hillary Clinton is so familiar, and why I instinctively don’t like her. I don’t consider myself particularly invested in the US Presidential election, but one way or another it is going to affect the rest of the world so even if I can’t vote, I guess I can use this blog as a platform to share my opinions.
Forget the Republicans, they’re the Dominion in this race.
All credit to “a lizard” (https://twitter.com/TerokNorTailor) for the picture, truly amazing work. And I love that tagline. Just a simple tailor, eh? I couldn’t find this one on her Twitter but I assume it’s the same general series. Looks like the Founders won this one.
Of course, the idea that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine mirrors World War 2, the Jewish holocaust, the Nazi occupation, the Soviet Union’s rising threat and the French resistance – none of this is new, so the fact that history is repeating itself today with Muslims taking the place of Jews is really a no-brainer as a starting point.
This would make Bernie Sanders into vedek Bareil Antos – shit, even their names sound sorta-kinda the same. He’s considerably older than Bariel, but he has young ideas, and a visionary aspect that plays well with those who aren’t hopelessly cynical. And we have seen pretty much the same sort of assassination attempts, albeit not literal ones, on Clinton’s side.
 You know who else’s name fits right in here? Kai Opaka, Barack Obama. I was going to make the “thanks, Opaka” joke, but Reddit got there before me.
I suspected, as soon as I started looking for pictures to go with this blog post, that I wouldn’t be the first person to make the comparison…
Not even close.
…but I was rather surprised to find that some people had been saying it as early as 2012, and possibly before.
Well played, Kyle Owens.
So that was my little amusing moment of combined Star Trek geekery, political punditry, and Internet joy for the day. Feel free to come up with a neater overlap of those three Venn diagram circles.