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Old January 1 2013, 08:44 PM   #12
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Re: ultimate reasoning behind prime directive ?

the PD originated during TOS as an anti-imperialist concept coming as a reaction, as another poster wrote, against the Vietnam War.

The PD was changed into something unrecognizable by TNG where it was interpreted in a much more cruel and rigid way.

It also exists in Trek as a way of injecting artificial dilemmas into a story.
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