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Old August 5 2012, 06:24 AM   #68
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Re: Is the Federation a True Democracy? And How Did It Reach That Poin

Guy Gardener wrote: View Post
WHATLEY: " the Bajoran militia has to be absorbed into Starfleet.
This might be like when a new member in NATO have their military command structures put in line with other NATO members so as that they can co-ordinate joint operations. But the NATO member retains direct control over their military.

The multiple series have shown us that there are a lot of different ways to build a starship, lots of different configurations. If Starfleet simply took over total control of all of it's 150 plus members starships, then we wouldn't just be seeing a few different types of starships in Starfleet, we would be seeing a incredible wild assortment of ship types.

Which we did not see, not even during the big battles of the Dominion War.

Mr. Laser Beam wrote: View Post
Actually I believe that there has been onscreen mention of Federation member worlds retaining their own militaries for purely local matters.
Both Betazed and Vulcan come to mind. Betazed was able independently to fight off the Dominion for a time, And the Vulcans quickly went to intercept the Romulans, when they crossed the the NZ.

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