Re: Section 31 is a positive for the Federation (spoilers from TV & bo
If its either nuking the entirety of the other country or being enslaved by the despotic regime of the that other country...at least with the US, I can guarantee you its the former every time.
The USA already proved it needs FAR less incentive than all but guaranteed enslavement by another country in order to resort to nuking said country.
A smaller casualty count for its army is more than sufficient.
"Let truth and falsehood grapple ... Truth is strong" - John Milton