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.
"...the most elementary and valuable statement in science, the beginning of wisdom, is I do not know." - Lt. Commander Data, "Where Silence Has Lease"