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Old August 16 2010, 10:39 PM   #59
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Re: Worldbuilding: New member integration in the UFP

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Oh, really? So, in other words, we should ignore their sovereignty and violate the will of the legitimate government of the planet being contacted?
Yes, because something tells me that the government has a 50-50 chance of not making the right decisions either.

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I'm sorry, but that's the very definition of a violation of the Prime Directive: You are robbing that culture of its right to make its own choices through its legitimate government.
You are mistaking the interests and decisions of one or more governments for those of the people. As another Earth example, a majority of US citizens opposed the Iraq War, and yet the government decided to make it happen... ...this tells us that it is more than common for governments to make the wrong decisions or decisions which conflict with the will of the people.
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