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The Bajoran Republic, originally known as the Bajoran Provisional Government, was the government of the Bajoran people, established on Bajor following the withdrawal of Cardassian occupational forces in 2369. It succeeded the Bajoran Occupational Government.


See main article: Bajoran history - Independent Bajor

The "republic" as a form of government stretches back into Bajoran history as evidenced by the "First Republic". (DS9: "Explorers") The Bajoran Republic of the late 24th century begins with the Bajoran Provisional Government, which was formed after the end of the Cardassian Occupation of Bajor in 2369. In 2371, Shakaar Edon followed Kalem Apren as First Minister and, in 2375, the Bajoran Republic became one of the signatories of the Treaty of Bajor. (DS9: "Emissary", "Shakaar", "What You Leave Behind")

The provisional government requested that the Federation establish a presence in the Bajoran system, with Terok Nor becoming Deep Space 9. Kira Nerys and Quark thought that the provisional government would not last. (DS9: "Emissary")

Taking place in late 2371, "Shakaar" is the last episode to use the term "Bajoran Provisional Government". For the remainder of DS9, only the term "Bajoran government" was used.

The Treaty of Bajor document, made for Deep Space Nine's final episode, identifies Bajor's government as the "Bajoran Republic" and as one of the six signatories of the treaty alongside the United Federation of Planets, Klingon Empire, Romulan Star Empire, Cardassian Union, and the Founders of the Dominion.

In 2370, Quark intended to sue the Bajoran government for financial compensation due to being injured by members of The Circle. (DS9: "The Homecoming").


See main article: Bajoran colonies

Several Bajoran colonies were established on planets both within and outside of the Bajoran system as early as the turn of the 24th century. (e.g., DS9: "Past Prologue", "Time's Orphan")


The chief executive of the Republic was known as the First Minister, who was elected every six years. (DS9: "Shakaar")

There were a number of Ministers who served in the Republic and were known collectively over the duration of the government as the Ministers' Court, Bajoran Council, Board of Ministers, Chamber of Ministers and Council of Ministers. (DS9: "Past Prologue", "Dramatis Personae", "The Homecoming", "The Alternate", "Rapture", "In the Cards")

One high-ranking minister was the Minister of State. (DS9: "Duet")

Relationship with religious leaders[]

The secular Republic shared its authority with the leaders of the Bajoran religion. The Vedek Assembly held much influence, with prominent Vedeks often engaging in political matters, such as negotiating treaties. (DS9: "Life Support")

The kai, spiritual leader of Bajor, exercised a great deal of political influence over the Republic. Disputes between the kai and the first minister of the government, while rare, could be extremely divisive. While it was not forbidden for the kai to serve as first minister, such concentration of power was discouraged. The kai was permitted to engage in foreign policy, including negotiating and signing treaties on behalf of Bajor, in consultation with the secular authorities. (DS9: "Emissary", "The Collaborator", "Life Support", "Shakaar", "Rapture", "In the Cards")

The Emissary, Benjamin Sisko, also had significant clout in the Republic. Ministers sought his advice on political programs and schemes. Any measures endorsed by the Emissary were likely to pass the Council of Ministers. (DS9: "Shattered Mirror", "Call to Arms")

Agencies and institutions[]

The Republic maintained a number of executive agencies that assisted in the administration of its affairs. It also oversaw several institutes for science and the arts. These included:


The Bajoran Militia was the military arm of the Bajoran Republic, originally made up of many former resistance fighters from the Occupation of Bajor.

Although ostensibly under the control of the government, some members of the organization, such as General Krim, supported the Alliance of Global Unity's unsuccessful coup attempt in 2370. After the Circle's attempt was defeated, Krim and the Militia confirmed their allegiance to the Provisional Government. (DS9: "The Circle", "The Siege")


The main currency unit on Bajor was the lita. (DS9: "Necessary Evil")


The following individuals were members or agents of the Republic:

First ministers
Liaison officers to the Federation
Bajoran Milita

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