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Old March 30 2010, 12:17 AM   #34
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Re: Star Trek: Online: The Needs of the Many - Discussion (Spoilers)

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Well, that name isn't unsettling at all.
As opposed to, what, the Department of War?

Not every reference to a governmental organization dedicated to peace and diplomacy is necessarily a reference to Orwell, y'know -- nor need we always assume such organizations are named dishonestly, as Oceania's Ministry of Peace was.
It's just such a vague name.
So's "the Department of State."

What's the Department of Peace do? Department of War/Defense is kind of obvious- military matters. Same with Departments of the Treasury, or Health, or Agriculture. But what does the Peace Department do? Diplomacy? Humanitarian aid? Espionage?
It sounds fairly obvious to me -- the Department of Peace would be dedicated to conducting diplomacy for the Federation in order to avoid war. I would infer that it's a division of the Department of the Exterior charged specifically with conducting those aspects of Federation foreign policy designed to create peaceful conditions.

It's like Google's "Don't be evil" rule. Why should you need a rule for that at all?
Because giant corporations can't be trusted not to turn evil without a rule against it, obviously. What, Enron and AIG didn't prove that to you?
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