My Name Is Legion wrote:
Six of one, half a dozen of the other. They were 1960s TV heroes.
Well that doesn't have anything to do with why the Federation was so good natured. Kirk and his crew acted they way they did because of Starfleet protocols first and foremost.
They could have made Kirk a rogue more or less, a Captain would would bend the rules in order to be outworldly fair and do justice to the peoples he came across, while having the Federation give him more pragmatic orders and guidelines that he chooses to overextend. That way you have your 1960s hero but in an environment where his heroism carries even more weight.