Originally Posted by Beetlescott
I am not sure of this, on Captive Pursuit, Miles O'Brien told Tosk that there were 300 people on DS9, and another place later in the series, someone said there were more than 1200 people on DS9? Anyone have any iron clad answers?
At another stage someone mentioned a population of 2000.
Mind you, Captive Pursuit was at the very first season -- one oughtn't discount the possibility that the station's population (as happens with many out of the way communities) grows and / or shrinks at various times.
As for Sisko's rank. I thought it was a good touch that they didn't make him a captain at first -- and indeed many of the central positions were filled by people of lower rank than would have taken those positions on the Enterprise, say. It speaks in quite a subtle way as to (a) the relative unimportance of DS9 at the very beginning, as a run down "frontier" facility, and (b) its increasing importance over time as Sisko is promoted to Captain and some of its other key officers also achieve promotion.