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Old September 8 2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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Long Term Federation Goals

From watching Enterprise and seeing a bit of the early years before the Federation was founded and going up to the 24th century where we might assume Bajor will become a member I've wondered if it was safe to assume that eventually the galaxy would be one giant Federation? Maybe only someone like the Borg or Dominion would hold out.

Since they just want to explore, be in peace and make new friends it just seems like eventually everyone would join. Even the Klingons softened to the Federation as the years droned on. Of course I'm not saying it would happen overnight but if they could get Tellaraites, Vulcans, & Andorians to get along then I suppose anything could happen.
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Old September 9 2012, 07:04 PM   #2
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According to the Romulans the Federation wants to expand... everywhere.
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Old September 9 2012, 08:03 PM   #3
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Cultural conquest. Everyone should wear spandex, use ships that start with USS, go to Earth and get educated and what else? Oh yes, enjoy Shakespeare and Sinatra...
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Old September 9 2012, 08:24 PM   #4
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Assimilation. Just like the Borg... but with fewer cutting beams and cybernetic implants.

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Old September 9 2012, 08:36 PM   #5
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^ Oh yeah, like Eddington doesn't have a personal grudge that colors his judgment. You know, I wasn't aware the Federation forces worlds to join against their will!
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Old September 9 2012, 08:40 PM   #6
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Re: Long Term Federation Goals

think after season 4 of Enterprise, bitchslapping the Romulans repeatedly became the number one goal lol

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Old September 9 2012, 08:53 PM   #7
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Re: Long Term Federation Goals

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think after season 4 of Enterprise, bitchslapping the Romulans repeatedly became the number one goal lol

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Improbable. The Federation was not founded until after the Earth-Romulan War was over.

Eddington is right... and so is Mr. Laser Beam. The Federation's goal is to unite the galaxy in a peaceful, egalitarian liberal democracy. But its goal is to do this by consent, not by conquest. It wants to spread its values, sure -- but it does so as equals, with the idea of others freely choosing its values rather than having them imposed upon them. It wants allies, partners, and willing members, not vassals, supplicants, and slaves.
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Old September 10 2012, 05:09 AM   #8
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Re: Long Term Federation Goals

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According to the Romulans the Federation wants to expand... everywhere.
The Federation on the surface is expansionistic, adding a new member (on average) every sixteen months, over the course of two centuries.

Maybe they're not that picky after all.

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think after season 4 of Enterprise, bitchslapping the Romulans repeatedly became the number one goal ...
The Federation was not founded until after the Earth-Romulan War was over.
So, after season 4 then.

Sounds about right, except for the event's of Data's Day, whenever Starfleet and Romulan forces came into conflict, the Romulans had their asses handed to them.

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Old September 10 2012, 03:12 PM   #9
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I agree with what some others have said already. Peaceful expansion through the addition of new members is their goal.
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Old September 10 2012, 09:59 PM   #10
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I also tend to think that there are many worlds within the confines of Federation space that aren't actually members but may be independent worlds that enjoy "affiliated status" due to their geographical location. Such worlds may be free to conduct business with both the Federation and the Romulan Empire if they so wish, with a list of certain items considered contraband in each territory perhaps.
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