Charles Phipps wrote:
The Federation sadly promotes the EVILS of equality and democracy.
Sure. What the Federation did to the Tholians
in the era of the Vanguard starbase arguably legitimately makes it some kind of villain
in the eyes of the Tholians, especially given the generally much longer individual lifespans of Federation species. Continued Tholian hostility towards the Federation makes sense, given the potentially catastrophic outcome of the Shedai experiments.