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Old August 14 2012, 09:07 PM   #96
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Re: Is the Federation a True Democracy? And How Did It Reach That Poin

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Okay, and now if the Council elected one of their own members to preside over the Council, that person would then be the "president."
President of the Council, not President of the Federation. It's like the difference between the President of the United States of America under the Constitution and the President of the United States in Congress Assembled under the Articles of Confederation; one is the president of the state, and the other is the presiding officer of the legislature.

In ST4, the President is explicitly identified as President of the United Federation of Planets. He is the president of the state.

Thus, it continues to require fewer extra assumptions to hypothesize that the Federation President is a president rather than a prime minister who is called a president.
But here aren't you making the assumption that the Federation Council is a parliamentary assembly?

And why would someone elected (hypothetically) from the Federation Council to lead the Council be called Prime Minister, when there is (iirc) no indication that the members of the Federation Council are themselves called "ministers?"
Because that's what an executive elected from the state's legislature is -- a Prime Minister. And most members of legislatures in countries that have prime ministers aren't called ministers themselves; the most common term is "Member of Parliament," or MP.
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