(TNG) Nth Degree - The Cytherians – “Emotive electrochemical stimulus response with a cranial plate, bi-pedal locomotion, endoskeleton and contiguous external integument”
(nodding his floaty head and grinning) “A hierarchical collective command structure.”
Military or Civilian sectors all operate hierarchical collectives too, in a sense they all wield their own weapons.
The capacity to grow beyond the collective is I think what Starfleet is really all about, finding new life and new civilisations is the first step the Traveller recognised in Wesley his ability to ascend to a new plain of existence where thought and energy combine. Definition of a Q?
That’s where I want to be tbh, carried there by a hierarchical collective command structure or not.