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Old October 7 2013, 04:58 PM   #22
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Re: STID Federation Seal Question...

In-universe, I might speculate that perhaps the "gears" variation represents an alternate design used for memorials, and in funerals for Starfleet officers and Federation statesmen -- a flag of mourning, perhaps, maybe with the tradition originating in a world that joined the Federation in this timeline but not in the Prime timeline.
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