Re: Had we ever seen imperial democracies in Trek?
USS Einstein wrote:
The terrorist leader in The High Ground told Beverly Crusher that the Federation continues to trade with his planet's government, despite them fighting a protracted war against his people's continent. This may indicate a certain degree of cynical 'ends justify the means' politics in some circles of the Federation
Or simply that the Rutian planetary government isn't as evil as the Ansata separatists say they are.
We've been conditioned to believe that groups like the Ansata are always right because they're "underdogs" trying to fight against The Man. But what if it's the Ansata who are in the wrong?
"A hot dog at the ballpark is better than a steak at the Ritz." - Humphrey Bogart