Re: The post-atomic horror government in "Encounter at Farpoint"
I don't think Q at that time would have cared diddly squat if his simulation wasn't historically accurate. If the Q have mind reading abilities, it might be a memory or mental image of Picard's regarding history.
Curly: If at first you don't succeed, keep on suckin' til you do succeed.
--Movie Maniacs (1936)