Do you really believe that the Son'a would've shared the benefits of the process with the Federation or the Baku forthat matter?
Yes, that's exact what I believe, and this is why.
The Sona must have been the ones to have approached the Federation Council, and not the other way around. The Federation considered the planet to be theirs. If the Sona simply moved the Baku and harvested the particle all by themselves, and the Federation found out about it, the Federation would be pissed about the theft of their natural resources and would have gone to the Sona for satisfaction. The Sona didn't want long range problems.
In other words, the Sona were scared of Starfleet.
Even with everything that happen in the movie, the Sona would have kept whatever they previously negotiated (one percent?), and the rest would have gone to the Federation. Given that the Holoship was of Federation design, and not Sona, when the dust settled the Federation would have had "custody" of the Baku. The Baku would have had the same access to the particles as the rest of the people in the Federation.
I feel sorry for the Federation President who has to explain that they allowed millions of people to suffer pain because the alternative was moving 600 people from a planet that wasn't even their planet of origin.
Which is why I believe that after the "review," the Council was going to reaffirm their original decision to harvest the particles. And if they didn't, then the Council Persons promptly selected to replace
them would. Imagine if the US Congress decided to withheld the cures for heart disease, cancer, and hiv/aid. How many minutes
do you think they'd last in office?
Inspite of family blood feuds, kidnapping plots, accusations of spying, and the murder of an Admiral, the particle continued to have the same ability to help billions upon billions of people in the Federation.
Nothing that happen in the movie changed that.
And from hundreds of light years away, the health properties of the particles were the only thing that counted in the "big picture" of the Council's decisions.
There are approximately a trillion
beings living on the planets of the Federation, and only 0.00000000001%
of that number had to be moved.
R. Star wrote:
It's not like there was any immediate need for new medical breakthroughs. Only a huge war going on.
And don't forget a massive civilian population. We saw several episodes with the Enterprise rushing to get some unusual medication, or someone had a affliction that was previously unknown. Every time something was cured, another ailment sprang up. Apparently they never did figure out how to repair the birth defect affecting Geordi's eyes (or Beverly's and Deanna's sagging tits).
So the argument that "they already have medical treatments" doesn't work.
Captain Pike: "Where's Helmsman McKenna?"
Lieutenant Sulu: "He has lungworm, sir."