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Old May 4 2013, 02:53 AM   #31
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Re: Why so few people come from the colonies...?

Who's to say they aren't?
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Old May 5 2013, 12:00 AM   #32
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Re: Why so few people come from the colonies...?

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On outer colonies there'd probably be a higher concentration of purebreds. But what about Earth? Vulcan? Andor? Betazed? It's clearly not taboo in any of those places to crossbreed.
It isn't exactly established that every sapient species can have children with just any other sapient species. I can't remember any obvious Human/Andorians walking around.

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Re: Why so few people come from the colonies...?

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^ I can imagine the recruiting pitches: "Ready to end it all? Become a security guard on a starship!"

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Old May 6 2013, 01:20 AM   #34
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Re: Why so few people come from the colonies...?

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Honestly there probably should be very few purebreds of any sort left on Federation planets.
Really? I'd say that the ability to colonize space would only keep ethnic groups together and if anything slow the intermixing of races.

When you can just up and go into space and colonize a random planet no one else is on, people are going to. Trek even supports this. You have the colony of Irish farmers. You have the colony of Native Americans(who are no longer native or in America... Indians then?), and so forth.

I wouldn't see why groups of other ethnic groups wouldn't form their own colonies too.
Which is indeed what we see -- such as the Caldos colony where Beverly Crusher was raised, modeled strongly after Scotland.

It's not unlike the patterns of immigration to the U.S., where entire towns from, say, Germany would come over at the same time and all settle in the same area.
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Old May 6 2013, 01:32 AM   #35
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Re: Why so few people come from the colonies...?

Of the fully human regulars ...

TNG
Earth: Picard, Riker, LaForge
Colonies: Crusher, Yar

DS9
Earth: Sisko, O'Brien, Bashir
Colonies: None

VOY
Earth: Janeway, Paris, Kim
Colonies: Chakotay, Seven of Nine

So among the 24th-century humans, that's nine from earth, four from colonies. Not all that surprising given how small most of the colonies we see are.

The more surprising thing is that there is, as far as we're shown, only one Starfleet Academy. Even the modern-day U.S., with a much smaller area and much smaller population, has military training facilities scattered all over the country. Training for officers is more centralized ... until, of course, you start thinking about all the colleges with ROTC programs.
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