Re: General order 24, were Kir kand Scotty bluffing?
As with a lot of sci-fi some things don't bear close scrutiny. It's never really explained what exactly has been going on in that sector of space to have caused the loss of "thousands of lives" over the years. And if you have advanced interstellar travel and other related science and technology why does it have to be that particular system to have a treaty port? Is it because it's the only Class M planet in the sector? That's possible particularly given that now it seems Earth like planets seem relatively rare. Setting up base on an already hospitable planet is a lot easier than fabricating a massive space station/habitat or setting up on a world where you need to build facilities to protect you from the environment. Maybe it has little to do with having a port and facilities at all but with having a political ally there so you can claim it as being under your sphere of influence.
But in the episode none of this is remotely explained or referenced.
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