Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
Nikolai Rozhenko was not active duty Starfleet, but former Starfleet (being an Academy ex-cadet). So it could be argued that the Prime Directive applies to him. Same goes for Merik, who was also an Academy dropout.
I can definitely see the Federation attempting to apply the PD to both of those men, since they were at one point associated with Starfleet. You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave...
I wonder how many Cultures were contaminated from the pre-Federation Era of Star Fleet... ? ...
During all those years that Archer and associates began flying to the stars.
By the time of TOS, my guess is that most of the planets within reach of Earth with it's warp 5 & 6 starships, had probably been contacted and were aware of things they probably shouldn't have been at that point.
(and I think I have probably used 'probably' to many times at this point.)