Thread: The Typhon Pact
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Old July 16 2009, 07:42 AM   #30
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Re: The Typhon Pact

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I think, at least as we saw in 'Enterprise', it's accurate to say that humans were relatively diplomatic.
Are you talking about the part where Humans tried to hijack the Martian verteron array and threatened to destroy the United Earth capital city to force aliens off of Earth? Or the part where the Vulcan and Andorian ambassadors were complaining that there were anti-alien protests going on in every major city during that same crisis? Maybe you're talking about the part where violent assaults on aliens were established to have gone up after the Xindi incident, to the point where Phlox was afraid to walk the streets at night?

The UE government did assume the rule of interstellar honest broker, but it's important to remember that Humans weren't a magic wand that made all the old fights go away just because of how awesome they were.

I was basically listing several tendencies that these various species (primarily their governments) have had in the past. I mean, is it not accurate to say that the Romulans' scheming has caused one major war and a few other smaller conflicts? I think that's fair.
Sure. But the same is true of the Klingons, Cardassians, Ferengi, and even the Federation (Tezwa).

The Breen are still pretty unknown, but the fact that they have joined up with a larger power to fight the Federation, not once but TWICE, makes me think that they prefer war to diplomacy or negotiation.
I'm not contesting that. The Breen are clearly out to establish their interstellar might since 2375. But it's important to bear in mind that they don't have a long history of expansionism or warmongering.

The Tholians have a history of hostility towards the Federation, but have yet to actually go to war (assuming that doesn't happen later in the Vanguard series).
Or, rather, have a history of reacting badly to what they perceive as incursions into their space and to things they think will cause the Shedai to be revived (and with good reason for not wanting to see the Shedai revived).

The Gorn are very territorial from what we have seen, but were basically at peace with the UFP until now (although you can argue that they haven't done anything to jeopardize that yet). So little has been written on the Tzenkethi that it's the hardest of all these species to know what their general relationship with the UFP is.
Articles of the Federation established that the Tzenkethi government basically likes to use the UFP as its scapegoat for everything that goes wrong, but that they still have diplomatic relations with foreign states and that their newsmedia can be viewed by Federates, implying relatively open borders. That's why I equate them with modern-day Iran.
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