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Old August 6 2010, 12:17 PM   #8
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Re: Worldbuilding: New member integration in the UFP

the novel Prime Directive establishes that warp drive is used as a marker of development for contact since at that point it becomes increasingly likely that the contacted species will run into a Fed ship or pitch up in a Fed-controlled system, so rather than have them run across someone in a more random fashion and - possibly panic and/or start a fight - tehy do it in a more controlled fashion, opening a 'non-directional dialogue' with the new species.

it further establishes that should the new species develop subspace technology - particularly subspace com systems - then they'll be contacted also because tehy are likely to then start picking up Fed com traffic, even if they don't know who's saying what to who.

the PD is also said to no longer apply if someone else (Klingons, Romulans, anyone else) has interfered in the natural development of a species - this is the case in the New Frontier novels where the positively Medieval Xenexians are invaded and occupied by the high tech Danteri.
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