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Old July 4 2013, 02:35 AM   #6
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Re: Terra Nova morality question

I'm sure there will be further contact; nobody ever said there wouldn't be. And even once there is a Prime Directive, it's assumed that it does not apply to human colonies (see "Up the Long Ladder"). So there's no reason to expect a hands-off policy here, decades before the Prime Directive is even formulated. (It's unclear when the PD came into existence, but going by "A Piece of the Action" it was probably after the late 2160s. The recent book Federation: The First 150 Years puts it in 2179.)
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