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Old June 28 2008, 05:01 PM   #11
A beaker full of death
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Re: The prime directive

voggmo wrote: View Post
There have been instances where the Federation itself has apparently "forgotten" about the Prime Directive. One such was when Captain Kirk was ordered to open negotiations with the [COLOR=#002bb8]Capellans[/COLOR] for a valuable ore, despite the culture being a pre-warp civilization. ([COLOR=#002bb8]TOS[/COLOR]: "[COLOR=#002bb8]Friday's Child[/COLOR]") Another was when Kirk was ordered to organize the defense of the planet [COLOR=#002bb8]Organia[/COLOR], despite the appearance that the inhabitants were a pre-warp civilization. It could be argued, however, that with the impending Klingon invasion of the planet, that the Directive was rendered moot at that point. ([COLOR=#002bb8]TOS[/COLOR]: "[COLOR=#002bb8]Errand of Mercy[/COLOR]")
There is nothing in General Order #1 about "pre-warp" - that was TNG stuff. If we're going to talk about it, let's use it as it was used in this series.

EDIT: Ah. Arex beat me to it.
You know, TOS was the only show to actually quote part of the PD, yet so many people have trouble understanding it.
"shall not be infringed" is naturally open to infringements of all kinds, because shut up and think of the children.
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