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Old September 20 2013, 06:44 AM   #59
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Re: Starfleet is the U.S. Coast Guard

My rationalization of Starfleet is that it's a multi-role organization, that has its roots in the military, NASA and other space agencies, and even the Corps of Discovery from the 19th Century. It basically is a military, or maybe more accurate to say it is a para-military organization, but one that has evolved to be more a police\defense force with a main focus on scientific discovery and exploration, than being focused on fighting wars. But, when war does come, it is capable of defending the Federation and its territory or its allies. I don't think it goes much deeper than that, nor does it need to.
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