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Old September 26 2009, 10:56 AM   #1
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Is a Star Trek Society Possible ?

Hi Guys,
I am new here but I love star trek, I love the ideals, I love the tech, I love absolutely everything about it. With todays world problems i.e. financial markets etc I was wondering would it be possible to start something new, setup a star trek based society ?, I don't mean running around in Klingon (nothing against the klingons of course) outfits pretending to be something but actually setting up a proper society ?. I realise to begin with you would need money to buy what was required to setup such a society and you'ld have to trade with different society's but is it possible ? what other difficulities would there be?, well I have a made a little start and created a website, call it a social experiment but I would really like other people's ideas and opinions.
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Old September 26 2009, 11:10 AM   #2
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Re: Is a Star Trek Society Possible ?

I could write dozens of lines on the subject, but the simplified answer would be "NO."
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Old September 26 2009, 11:18 AM   #3
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Re: Is a Star Trek Society Possible ?

I have to ask why no ?, isn't there a solution to any problem (you might not think there is but that's because you haven't found it)? why would it fail ?
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Old September 26 2009, 12:19 PM   #4
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No because people are basically tribal and susceptible to minimal group paradigms. Even if we could abolish poverty, currency, hunger, and disease, you'd still get rivalry and fights over philosophy, culture, religion, and land. Israel and Palestine form the classic example. If people were logical and sensible about the affair it would have been settled decades ago. The sheer arrogance and self-interest of the British Empire has left a legacy of problems throughout the world and I think the interfering Federation would quickly fall into that trap. The difficulties similar to those between the Cadassians, Federation, and Maquis would probably occur quite frequently.
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Old September 26 2009, 12:38 PM   #5
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Re: Is a Star Trek Society Possible ?

I think the OP is actually suggesting a break-away group of people living according to Star Trek ideals, and maintaining contact with the rest of the world only for essential needs.
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Old September 26 2009, 12:44 PM   #6
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I have to disagree with you Pauln6, you make it sound like we're all hopelessly doomed, and I don't think you can blame the old British Empire for everyone elses problems either and donners22 has got the idea in one ! that's what I was suggesting.
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Old September 26 2009, 01:27 PM   #7
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Lol - no I wasn't suggesting that we're all doomed (well, not for about another hundred years at least) merely that a Star Trek style utopia isn't achievable partly because of human nature. The British Empire was an example of a multi-nation 'state' where the governing body stomped on existing cultures and imposed the ideals that it thought were better. The most bizarre example is how the British made homosexuality illegal in India, which lasted until some 40 years after it was made legal in the UK. The federalist USA also rode roughshod over native cultures and stole land from Mexico and prejudice arising from those actions is still widespread today. These days people are massacring animals and plant life to the point where certain regions of the Earth are going to be inhospitable to human life in not too many years' time.

To achieve what you are suggesting you would need to acquire some land legally, obtain permission to build and farm it for your people. You would need to earn money to pay local taxes, medical care etc. If you set up shop in a region where none of this is necessary, chances are you would have limited legal rights and would be susceptible to eviction or theft by others who want your resources.
I suppose the American Amish societies are the closest you get to what you are looking for? However, even they are mired in sexism and religious ideology.

The sad fact is that most humans, while not fundamentally bad, are rather egocentric. They don't view the world too far beyond their own lives so, for example, they can't see that using their cars for short journeys is hastening the warming the world and potentially killing people (because millions of others just like them feel the same) or they can't see that smoking affects not just them but passive smokers and tax-payers because of the resources that have to be in place to care for fall-out from their smoking related diseases. Another fascinating example is that there is an outcry when a dying terrorist is released on compaasionate grounds from the same people who contributed directly to terrorist coffers by making donations to the IRA or who take recreational drugs for fun without connecting that they are funding terrorism or the child sex trade.

It's not all doom and gloom but I'm sorry to have to say that a Battlestar Galactica reboot future is far more likely than a Star Trek one. As a species we are just too flawed and selfish.
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Old September 26 2009, 01:35 PM   #8
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Money is what makes the world go round. I doubt society is ever going to give it up, therefore a Trek-like society ain't likely to happen.
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Old September 26 2009, 02:04 PM   #9
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Would it be better to try or not to try at all then ? because if you could get enough interest surely anything is possible ?
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Old September 26 2009, 02:24 PM   #10
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How i wish it were possible, but humans being the way we are, i don't think it could happen unless a major event happened that would bring everyone together (such as aliens coming to earth). Other than that, i do not think it possible.
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Old September 26 2009, 02:37 PM   #11
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If the human population was controlled more stringently I think it would possible to improve matters with genetically modified crops in drought-ridden areas etc. But the kind of steps to make the goal achieveable in any realstic time frame could include compulsory sterilisation (because poorer countries simply don't have the resources to educate the populace and/or pay for contraception) and possibly even a cull of the sick and elderly! We'd have to crush human rights under-foot for the good of humanity and that is really unpalatable. We'll probably all end up eating Soylent Green instead! The steps we'd have to take to make a difference now would be too drastic. Without this we're looking at centuries to get to grips with the problems and we're going to have wars, possibly even nuclear or bacterial wars, over dwindling resources long before then.

Like Star Trek, any better society might have to grow out of the ashes of the one we're cocking up at the moment!
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Old September 26 2009, 02:54 PM   #12
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Ok, so if you wanted to start a new society you'ld need to start away from current civilisation (which is possible), you'd need money and resources to do it, there are plenty of inhabitable islands(which you would have to buy) which could easily support humans with modern farming techniques, I don't think you could influence a current society but you definetly could create your own. You can setup an independant state it's been done just of the UK on an WW2 battery where there is a king and queen, you need your passport to visit the island and it has a 2 man army. So if you gathered enough people together to put time into various projects why couldn't you do it ?
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Old September 26 2009, 03:42 PM   #13
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Yes it is possible but if you're aiming for a Star Trek style utopia, how will you deal with immigration, sufficient food production, resources (such as wood) to build things, electricity production? It is possible but fraught with difficulties. Population control is your biggest problem, since that keys into so many other logistical issues.
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Old September 26 2009, 03:51 PM   #14
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Yes, but only if it resembles the Cardassian Union or the Romulan Star Empire
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Old September 26 2009, 05:41 PM   #15
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We already tried something similar; it was called communism. Didn't work.

IMO, a socially sensitive society similar to those in Scandinavian countries should be something to strive for.
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