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Old September 8 2008, 03:48 AM   #10
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Re: Difference Between Earth Starfleet and the UESPA?

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I would presume that the United Earth Starfleet is a division of the United Earth Space Probe Agency, in the same sense that the United States Marine Corps is a division of the United States Department of the Navy.
That makes sense. So UESPA is the branch of the government that oversees it and Starfleet is the organization itself?
That was always my inference, yeah -- a bit like if the US government was to established a "United States Space Force" and place it under the jurisdiction of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I figure UESPA isn't an executive department, but rather an independent executive agency such as NASA or the Central Intelligence Agency.

But of course that's just my interpretation of the UES/UESPA seal in "Demons," and others could be perfectly valid.

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Well, the Enterprise had a mostly Earth-human crew, so maybe Starfleet was divided into different fleets under different planetary governments' administrations. The Starfleet we saw in TOS seemed very Earth-centric; maybe there were other subfleets that were Vulcan, Andorian, Tellarite, etc. The Intrepid could've been under the supervision of the Vulcan branch of Starfleet, for instance.
That theory goes a long way towards explaining why the Federation Starfleet would seem so species-specific during the TOS era, and also gives us some retroactive justifications for Kirk's referring to the Enterprise as a United Earth ship and as being under UESPA command during TOS episodes produced before they came up with the idea of the Federation and the Federation Starfleet.

Having said that, my inclination was always just to pretend that when Kirk called the Enterprise a United Earth Ship, he was actually saying "Federation starship," and that when he referred to UESPA, he actually said, "Starfleet." But it's all good.
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