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Legate Danig Kell was a Cardassian military officer who lived in the 24th century. From the 2320s to the 2360s, Kell served as Skrain Dukat's commanding officer, both onboard the starship Kornaire and then in the Bajor system during the Occupation of Bajor. (TLE - Terok Nor novel: Day of the Vipers)

From the very beginning of the occupation of Bajor Kell and Dukat had an adversarial relationship with each other. Kell never missed an opportunity to berate Dukat or blame him for any ill turn of events. Dukat was ever frustrated with his commanding officer's seemingly inept policies regarding the Bajorans, which he had no choice but to implement, as well as Kell's cozy relationship with the Obsidian Order, which Dukat despised. This led to Dukat's consistent undermining of Kell.

Dukat may have been the wiser in this dispute. In 2368 Kell initiated an attempt to placate the growing Bajoran insurgency by announcing that the current Bajoran government was to be dissolved and that "elections" would promptly be held for its replacement. Furthermore, it was to be conveyed to the Bajoran people that Cardassia was to begin a withdrawal from Bajor concurrent with the installment of a new government, though Cardassian survey teams would remain as long as Bajoran natural resources could continue to be exploited. This "offer" was immediately interpreted as a veiled admission of growing powerlessness on the part of the Cardassian occupiers, which led to an explosion of violence from not only the Bajoran resistance cells but the Bajoran population at large.

The announcement of this policy also led to a quiet revolt among the Cardassian civilian government, resulting in the replacement (and assassination) of ardent colonialists with pragmatists who advocated the immediate withdrawal of Cardassia from Bajor. Kell's plan failed worse than he could have possibly imagined. (TLE - Terok Nor novel: Dawn of the Eagles)

When Dukat had a counter-insurgency program added to Terok Nor's computer systems in case of a worker revolt, Kell had programming secretly added to the system which would rescind Dukat's command codes should he try to leave the station during a revolt. (DS9 episode: "Civil Defense").

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