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Old December 27 2012, 06:10 AM   #54
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Re: Where was Earth's Leader?

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the Federation Council ... Federation law prevented a Councillor from joining mid-session.
Would that be the yearly session?

It would be ridiculous to have a rule that required a member world to have no representation on the council for the majority of a year if their representative died (or some other event) early in a given session.
It would be. It was, in my view, a contrived plot device used to create a sense of tension and urgency to the story that was unnecessary.

What if the member replaced their rep for some reason, a change in administration back home perhaps?
The novel in question -- Bajor: Fragments and Omens, from Volume II of Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine -- seems to be implying, IIRC, that this cannot happen; the Member government determines how a Federation Councillor will be chosen for a term of office, but the Councillor cannot be removed from office by that Member government during that term.

Which ever of the authors who thought up that particular story didn't think it through.
J. Noah Kym, IIRC. And I agree.
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