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Old February 21 2013, 05:01 PM   #50
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Re: Star Trek: INS- Son'a/Dominion Question

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But we saw how a supposed friend and supporter of the plan reacted to every step of Rua'fos plan when actually confronted with the truth. Forcibly removing the Ba'ku, stopping Riker, starting the collection before removal of the Ba'ku was complete - the response always was "The Federation didn't agree to this, we lose support, this is wrong, there's gonna be war". Of course followed with "Oh, well, I guess we have to do it anyway", combined with Rua'fo's "What happens in Briar Patch stays in Briar Patch".
But none of that was part of Ru'afo's plan. It wasn't supposed to happen that way. He didn't count on Data malfunctioning, he didn't count on the Enterprise showing up, and he didn't count on Picard refusing to leave.

Without Data's initial meddling, Rua'fo would have had excellent deniability and control throughout the operation. Especially as regards the holoship. Sure, it was of Federation manufacture - but who do we find aboard it? A Son'a assassin and nobody else! When the Son'a cabal is beamed aboard the holoship, the vessel remains as outside Federation control as ever (locked up, but without any UFP crew, or any signs that there ever was any)... Indeed, the Feds have better control of Rua'fo's own command ship soon enough!
The Federation Council would just turn a blind eye to the massacre of 600 people who were simply supposed to be relocated, and take Ru'afo's word for it that it wasn't his fault? Dougherty was pretty clear that the Federation didn't exactly trust the Son'a. That's why he was there to run the operation personally. If he turned up dead and the holoship was destroyed, it's hardly credible for Ru'afo to claim things went wrong in a way that wasn't his fault.

Had the Son'a had "simpler" motivations, i.e. merely a need for the elixir of youth, there's an obvious, simple path they could have taken: tell the UFP that the Ba'ku are mere "interstellarly aware" squatters who can be directly contacted and ordered to leave, free of Prime Directive considerations. Destruction of the Ba'ku lifestyle is an obvious element here, and if the Federation doesn't agree to that with all the facts available to them from the start, the Federation is not likely to agree to that after the fact with all the facts revealed to them, either!
There's another thread that's all about whether the Federation has the right to make the Ba'ku leave, and you can go read my arguments there if you want. But, to sum it up: the Ba'ku lived there since before the Federation existed, they aren't Federation citizens, and the Federation has no right to force them to move. Federation access to the planet and its fairy dust is entirely contingent on Ba'ku cooperation.
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