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Old May 28 2013, 07:33 PM   #4
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Re: A Military Star Fleet and UESPA

Starfleet, IMHO, is clearly a military. They are the primary defense agency of the United Federation of Planets. They are the ones who fight a war if the Federation is involved in one. I just don't see how there can be any question about that.

However, I think Franz Joseph's interpretation of their primary function being that of defense and security is a bit overstated. Certainly, Starfleet would always be tasked with defense and security functions. But under normal, peacetime circumstances -- which have existed most of the time we've seen the Federation depicted -- their first objective is one of exploration.

So I would say that, yes, Starfleet is a well-trained, well-armed military, but they are also a well-trained scientific service and if they have to abandon their scientific endeavors to perform military functions, it's considered a failure on the part of the Federation.
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