wasn't really much at risk in "A Taste Of Armageddon" and at no risk at all in "Bread And Circuses" or "A Private Little War" or "Spock's Brain" or "For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky." The 1701D wasn't at risk in "Who Watches The Watchers?" or "Pen Pals."
Wasn't it Merrick in "Bread and Circuses" who explained the PD that way?
The Proconsul mentions Merrick explained it to him, but Kirk states it earlier in a log entry I believe.
What was the Proconsul's deal anyway?
Why did he want Kirk's crew to beam down? He knew Starfleet weren't going to do anything to the planet or his rule because of the PD. All Kirk would want is to get the rest of Merrick's men, any equipment and Merrick himself and dispose of Merrick's ship.
The Proconsul didn't even seem that fond of Merrick so giving him up wasn't that much of a hardship. The Proconsul didn't even seem to want Starfleet technology.
I can only think the Proconsul just wanted to see Kirk and Merrick squirm. To show what a big and powerful man he was.