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Old July 23 2013, 10:19 PM   #46
Bad Thoughts
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Re: Kira in charge of the Defiant

Timo wrote: View Post
Which may be much the same thing...

But yes, having Deep Space Stations be "extra-Federal" installations is great for explaining why they are only up to #9 after centuries of Starfleet operations: every time the UFP expands to embrace a DSS, it gets turned into a proper starbase and is given an appropriate number, and the old DSS number is freed for reuse.

Timo Saloniemi
Correspondingly, assignments and hierarchy probably reflect the project of integrating the uniformed services of the applicant world into Starfleet. It would probably be counterproductive to place them on the lowest rungs of the hierarchy; rather they should be brought up to speed as quickly as possible.
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