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Old March 16 2013, 12:20 AM   #21
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Re: Does Starfleet have to stop other powers First Contact?

T'Girl wrote: View Post
Would Starfleet (hypothetically) have stopped the Vulcan landing upon the Earth in the movie First Contact? True, a small segment of the Human Race had achieved a single warp flight, but the vast majority of Humans alive on Earth were not a "warp drive culture."
My impression was that as soon as anyone in a particular civilisation discovers warp drive, that civilisation is regarded as 'on the map', so to speak. That pretty well signals that it'll only be a few short years before they're careening around the quadrant in their little tin cans, calling attention to themselves, possibly crossing the borders of hostile powers, etc, it's arguably necessary for their protection.
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