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Old November 8 2012, 02:58 AM   #51
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Re: What happens if someone from the past shows up...

RPJOB wrote: View Post
"Hi, we're the Federation. We're going to come in and break your laws while telling you how much we respect your sovereignty and then bugger off before you can do anything about it. Because we're just so advanced and you're so primitive your laws don't apply to us."
You know what? I'm sorry, but this is a bullshit line of thought. The fact that the Federation was unwilling to allow one of their citizens to be executed for falling on some flowers does not make them a trampling example of cultural imperialism and sovereignty violations.

Obviously, the Edo are not the Zog since they did attempt to apply their laws to Wesley.
Except I wasn't comparing the Edo to the Zog from the Federation POV, I was comparing the Federation to the Zog from the Edo POV. The Edo should have had the foresight to consider that visitors to their world may not realize that Edo law would still apply to them, and thus should have warned visitors to their planet about how the Edo legal system works.

By failing to do that, the Edo engaged in unjust and ethnocentric behavior.

The ship has this really cool technology that lets you talk to people from a distance. And artificially intelligent computers that could read through and summarize the laws of any culture in a matter of hours.
What makes you think the Edo provided such information in the first place? There's no indication they did.
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