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Old February 5 2013, 02:19 PM   #1
indolover
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Is Starfleet a political arm?

Unlike in the real world, Starfleet has direct contact with alien governments. In the real world, it typically would not be admirals or ship commanding officers who would directly contact/liaise with governments. An example is Chancellor K'mpec asking Picard to be an Arbiter of Succession.

In most real life foreign contacts, either the head of government and/or head of state would hold high-level discussions with other sovereign states, backed up by a state diplomatic corps. An army general or a naval admiral wouldn't generally get involved.

Is Starfleet thus a part military and part political arm of the Federation, unlike real world armed forces?
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