Re: Did Picard make the right decision with the Son'a/Baku
But basically what it boils down to is they pretty much need consent of the people living on the planet.
I doubt the peoples living in the Louisiana territory were given a choice of whether to follow the laws of the United States when they were acquired from the French.
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