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The Rules of Diplomacy

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Writer(s): Aron Eisenberg & Mark Paniccia
Artist(s): Leonard Kirk
Publisher: Malibu Comics
Series: Malibu DS9 Special
Published: May 1995
Pages: 32
Stardate: Unknown (Unknown)


Benjamin Sisko asks Nog, hoping for entrance to Starfleet Academy, to accompany and guide a young Klingon officer named Gronn, the son of Commander Wartok, on a diplomatic mission to Ferenginar. At a casino on the planet, Nog and Gronn learn about each others' cultures and form the beginnings of a friendship.

Background Information

  • This was the second of two books in the "Celebrity Series" published by Malibu Comics.
Rules Diplomacy title

The title card of the issue

  • The title card is done as if the original title were "The Rules of Acquisition", but changed at the last moment to "The Rules of Diplomacy" by writing overtop of the old title.
  • Aron Eisenberg (the actor who played Nog) wrote the story for this issue.
  • Phil Crain contributed an editorial commenting on his impressions of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and how the character of Nog represents "the kid in us, and that's what Nog represents; a purity of soul we all hope we'll never lose."
  • Chris Kipiniak contributed a two page biography of Eisenberg to finish the issue.



Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in Malibu DS9 characters.

Regular and recurring characters


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