Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
They claim to serve the Federation, but if they did that, then by definition they would answer TO the Federation.
That makes no sense. Because one doesn't necessate the other. You're implying that only the Federation's governing body can work to the Federation's best interests. Or at least what they see as it's best interests.
They must be competent because they haven't been discovered, but how do you know they weren't, for instance, behind Admiral Lleyton's assignment?
The argument can be made that if S31 were involved, what happen would have been more subtle and more successful. Ultimately the coup was badly conceived and a failure.
Would S31 step fully out into the light, engaging in a open military coup? Even through a proxy like the Admiral?