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Old June 5 2013, 12:37 AM   #32
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Re: A Military Star Fleet and UESPA

My "head canon" based on the situation in Enterprise and various references in TOS: Starfleet was initially an Earth agency, and other Federation members had their own space navies. In its first century or so, the UFP was more like something between the United Nations and NATO...an alliance of independent nations that retained autonomy. In Kirk's time (perhaps after Axanar, an event that was played up as if it were the origin of the Federation), the UFP became more of a centralized authority, and as part of this, Starfleet, probably because it was at that point the dominant space agency in the UFP, started integrating individuals, and sometimes entire crews (e.g., the crew of the Intrepid), from other member planets.
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