R. Star wrote:
In Insurrection Picard mentioned they basically watered down the requirements during the Dominion War being the Federation needed all the help they could get. Those slug people at the beginning were mentioned to be pre-warp if I recall correctly.
No, INS did not establish this. The Evora -- the foreign dignitaries seen at the beginning of the film -- were being welcomed at a reception to commemorate their becoming protectorates
of the Federation. A protectorate is a sovereign, independent state that allows itself to become the protected ally of a stronger foreign state; both states remain sovereign and independent, and can unilaterally terminate the relationship at any point. The Evora were not
becoming Federation Members.
Further, Troi referred to them as having developed warp drive the prior year, not as being pre-warp.