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Old May 27 2014, 09:24 PM   #25
Re: What should be the minimal requirements for Federation members?

Robert Comsol wrote: View Post
Warp capability was a retcon concept and frankly I'm wondering if that was a TOS requirement when I actually look at Gideon or Ardana.

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OTOH I could imagine both planets having invented satellite technology or the like enabling them to detect warp drive travel of others, which IMHO would equally justify a first contact encounter.
This is how I tend think about it.

Particularly since it seems like if the galaxy were as crowded as Star Trek's seems to be, any civilization reaching an early-to-mid 21st century level of development should be capable of detection of all kinds of transmissions showing life on other planets.
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