Quark finds himself at the center of a dispute between the Ferengi Alliance and Bajor after Grand Nagus Zek refuses to return an Orb of the Prophets to the Bajorans.

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For once, business is going well for Quark, not that anyone on Deep Space 9 truly appreciates his genius for finding profit in the most unlikely of circumstances. Quark is even looking forward to making the deal of a lifetime -- when he suddenly finds himself stuck right in the middle of a major dispute between Bajor and the Ferengi Alliance. It seems that the Grand Nagus is refusing to sell one of the lost Orbs of the Prophets to the Bajoran government, which has responded by banning all Ferengi activity in Bajoran space.

With diplomatic relations between the two cultures rapidly breaking down, Quark loses his bar first, then his freedom. But even penniless, he still has his cunning and his lobes, and those alone may be all he needs to come out on top -- and prevent an interstellar war!




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Starships and vehicles

Alerica (DY-700) • Da Vinci (Starfleet shuttlecraft) • USS Defiant (Defiant-class) • Kreechta (D'Kora-class) • Neemis (D'Kora-class) • Preekon (D'Kora-class) • USS Rubicon (Danube-class)
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Races and cultures

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States and organizations

Bajoran MilitiaFerengi AllianceGreat AssemblyStarfleetStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of Planets
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Science and technology

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Ranks and titles

DaiMonEmissary of the ProphetsFirst Minister of the Republic of BajorGrand Nagus of the Ferengi AlliancekaiKlingon emperorlieutenantOrion chancellorPraetor

Other references

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Background information

The 34th Rule alternate cover

The alternate cover.

  • The novel was written as an allegory for the internment of Japanese American citizens (including TOS star George Takei) during World War II. [1] (also archived at [2])
  • An audiobook, abridged by George Truett and read by Shimerman, was released a month after the novel.
  • An alternate cover for the novel (pictured) features a Gallitep sign as well as barbed wire rather than forcefields.
  • The 34th Rule of Acquisition is "War is good for business".
  • One running gag in this novel is that Letek, Bractor, and a Betazoid gift box all appear in this novel, and when they do, a character will make a remark about them looking familiar. Armin Shimerman, co-author of this novel and the actor portraying Quark also played these characters in "The Last Outpost", "Peak Performance" and "Haven" respectively, all early episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.


Related stories

  • The events of The 34th Rule are mentioned in the DS9 relaunch novel Twilight.
  • Grand Nagus Zek received the Orb of Wisdom and announced his plans to sell it to the Bajorans in the DS9 episode "Prophet Motive".
  • Quark recalls meeting Sisko in "Emissary" and mentions how he felt he was "blackmailed" into staying on the station. Sisko also recalls the conversation he had with Quark in "The Jem'Hadar", in which Quark claimed Humans were uncomfortable around Ferengi because they reminded them of how their species used to be.
  • Shakaar Edon recalls how he became First Minister in "Shakaar".
  • There is a reference to Sisko wanting to build a house on Bajor. Sisko would tell Admiral Ross about his plans to do so in "Favor the Bold" and would carry the project forward in the Final Chapter arc.

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