Re: riker's choices
It would be easy to imagine Riker receiving a commendation of some kind, big presentation ceremony on Earth, the Starfleet chief of staff pinning it on Riker's chest, we just didn't see it.
And Daddy Riker in the crowd taking credit for his son's actions.
Removed to where? Another XO position on another starship?
Basically removed to a location where he wasn't blocking the flow anymore.
Maybe a starbase staff position somewhere, he'd still get his fourth pip on his collar, but not a ship.
Whilst this might not be the case with Riker.
Some people are better suited to a number two role. Are you saying that every person who is that role should be moved aside?
On the continent of wild endeavour in the mountains of solace and solitude there stood the citadel of the time lords, the oldest and most mighty race in the universe looking down on the galaxies below sworn never to interfere only to watch.