Robert Maxwell wrote:
If the Ba'ku never got a distress call out to anyone, of course, it's a moot point.
They'd never have to. Any Federation influence aside, Starfleet isn't going to allow a collaborator of its enemy to loiter in an part of space it perceives as its own, no matter how remote or hostile an area it is.
How would Starfleet even know? It's unlikely sensors would be powerful enough to penetrate the Briar Patch from the outside.
The S'ona really screwed up. They should've came in, scooped up the Ba'ku, collected the radiation and left. Starfleet would've likely been none the wiser.