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Old November 7 2012, 08:31 PM   #2
Re: Ensigns of Command question..

Well, Starfleet probably is obligated to protect UFP citizens even against their will. If the Cygnans decide they no longer want to be UFP citizens, then that frees the hands of our heroes; the Maquis never had the gall to take that step, but the Cygnans probably would have done it in a heartbeat.

Then again, allowing the Sheliak to kill the colonists would probably have repercussions beyond the immediate deaths. If I served in the same organization that expected Kirk to evacuate all the folks in "This Side of Paradise" against their will despite there being no danger to them as such, I would clearly be expected to force these contrarians to evacuate as well, quite regardless of their feelings.

Timo Saloniemi
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