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Old August 5 2012, 08:01 AM   #39
Ian Keldon
Fleet Captain
Re: The Maquis or the Federation?

sonak wrote: View Post
the Federation.

Peace trumps some random pieces of land.
Spend your life tying to build a legacy for yourself and your family and see how YOU react when someone who has no right to do so gives away YOUR land.

And in the 24th century, where your "home" is just doesn't really matter. The UFP is a utopia where all your basic needs are provided for and you can work as whatever you want.
Only on the core worlds, as Sisko once noted.

"On Earth, there is no poverty, no crime, no war. You look out the window of Starfleet Headquarters and you see paradise. Well, it's easy to be a saint in paradise, but the Maquis do not live in paradise. Out there in the Demilitarized Zone, all the problems haven't been solved yet. Out there, there are no saints just people. Angry, scared, determined people who are going to do whatever it takes to survive, whether it meets with Federation approval or not!"
And as Eddington noted:

"Why is the Federation so obsessed with the Maquis? We've never harmed you. And yet we're constantly arrested and charged with terrorism. Starships chase us through the Badlands and our supporters are harassed and ridiculed. Why? Because we've left the Federation, and that's the one thing you can't accept. Nobody leaves paradise. Everyone should want to be in the Federation. Hell, you even want the Cardassians to join. You're only sending them replicators because one day they can take their "rightful place" on the Federation Council. You know, in some ways you're even worse than the Borg. At least they tell you about their plans for assimilation. You're more insidious. You assimilate people and they don't even know it."
or as Goshaven noted in "Ensigns of Command"

Gosheven, Data, and Ard'rian are standing near the pool of water. Gosheven cups some water in a hand. GOSHEVEN See that? Do you have any idea what it is? What it means? DATA It is water, a substance composed of two atoms of hydrogen -- GOSHEVEN It's not water. It's blood and sweat -- the result of a hundred and forty years of combined effort. (ALTERNATE: ninety years) This isn't a town. (MORE) STAR TREK: "Ensigns of Command" REV. 7/24/89 - ACT TWO 23. 22 CONTINUED: GOSHEVEN (Cont'd) It's a monument to every man, woman, and child who has lived and died on Tau Cygna Five. ARD'RIAN Gosheven, you're talking nonsense. GOSHEVEN Am I? My grandfather's buried on that mountain. (points to the distant line of hills) He died in a rock slide surveying the route for this aqueduct. This colony exists because of his sacrifice, and the sacrifices of thousands of others. No, we're not leaving. DATA The Sheliak will not accept humans on their planet. And they will not hesitate to use force to remove you. GOSHEVEN (calmly) And we will not hesitate to fight back. DATA You cannot win. GOSHEVEN You just don't understand, do you? We will not be bullied off our land... not by you, and not by the Sheliak.
It's not like now where relocation might mean having to find a new job, a new house, etc.
In the colonies, that is exactly what it means.

The Maquis "cause" was just silly.
Only if you buy into the nonsense "perfect universe" preached by the Church of St Roddenberry.

The Federation of Kirk's day wouldn't leave the Maquis hanging out to dry. It says something terrible about the 24th century Federation that it would.
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