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Old November 8 2012, 02:25 AM   #1
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Federation planets and internal revolution

Hi all. I wanted to know if there were any episodes, books or other ST media that addresses this issue: hypothetically, what's supposed to happen if the government of a Federation planet collapses, resulting in the rise of a dictator or some other government that likely doesn't espouse Federation principles? Is that planet thrown out of the Federation? If I understand right, the Federation itself is not supposed to intervene in member planets' internal affairs. Thanks.
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Old November 8 2012, 03:57 AM   #2
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Re: Federation planets and internal revolution

TOS had The Conscience Of The King, and there was Tasha Yar's home world (whose name I forget).

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Old November 8 2012, 04:12 AM   #3
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I think the best way to answer this question is to ask what would happen if the government of one of the German länder, provinces of Canada, or states of Australia, were to be taken over by a dictator like that. They're all federations, after all. Would the Federal Republic of Germany, Canada, or Commonwealth of Australia tolerate such a state of affairs?
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Old November 8 2012, 05:18 AM   #4
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Re: Federation planets and internal revolution

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... resulting in the rise of a dictator or some other government that likely doesn't espouse Federation principles?
If the revolution was a popular one with the planet's general population, that would be a factor. Should the new state fall too far outside the criteria for being a Federation member, the collective membership could decide to expel that world (or collection of worlds) from the Federation.

On the other hand, if they do change to a significant degree, but they remain in close association with enough individual Federation members, say a group of regional trading partners, then they could hang onto their membership.

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Old November 8 2012, 07:23 AM   #5
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Re: Federation planets and internal revolution

I've actually wondered how the Federation would handle the issue of secession.
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Old November 8 2012, 07:24 AM   #6
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Well the Maquis were eventually planning to become a separatist force, after they got rid of the Cardassians in the DMZ, they were planning on declaring those colonies in the DMZ a independent nation. I'm not sure what the Federation could have done to stop them.


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I think the best way to answer this question is to ask what would happen if the government of one of the German länder, provinces of Canada, or states of Australia, were to be taken over by a dictator like that. They're all federations, after all. Would the Federal Republic of Germany, Canada, or Commonwealth of Australia tolerate such a state of affairs?
Well the province of Quebec has held two referendums on whether to become a sovereign nation, so there have been seperatists movments in one of the countries you mentioned.

Also a colony or a Federation world need not become a dictatorship to have values that oppose the Federation's. The Maquis' ultimate plan was to have the colonies in the DMZ separate from the Federation, because they felt the Federation has failed to protect them. Would Eddington had been a dictator or started a democratic government in this new nation? We may never know.

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Old November 8 2012, 07:54 AM   #7
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I think the best way to answer this question is to ask what would happen if the government of one of the German länder, provinces of Canada, or states of Australia, were to be taken over by a dictator like that. They're all federations, after all. Would the Federal Republic of Germany, Canada, or Commonwealth of Australia tolerate such a state of affairs?
Well the province of Quebec has held two referendums on whether to become a sovereign nation, so there have been seperatists movments in one of the countries you mentioned.
Democratic secessionist movements that seek to gain support through referenda are not the same thing as coups d'etat that result in dictatorships, which is what the OP asked about.
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Old November 8 2012, 08:28 AM   #8
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I think a planet would lose membership in the Federation if its government collapses and be left alone to sort itself out. It's possible that a planet could re-apply for membership if it does so or be hands off if it doesn't, IMO.
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Old November 8 2012, 08:52 AM   #9
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One may also want to consider that today's federal entities are geographically compact, whereas some key UFP colonies are spatially isolated from the "capital" or "core" worlds and may fall out of contact for an entire year before any action is taken. If the Falklands seceded from Great Britain, or Hawaii or Guam from the United States, much would depend on whether the motherland had the resources to force the issue - this in turn depending on who was backing the new government, overtly or covertly.

The UFP might choose to save face by "throwing out" a colony that has de facto seceded and perhaps also moved to the side of an enemy the Feds dare not challenge over something this insignificant. OTOH, rebellion at a completely irrelevant colonial holding might warrant a major military disciplinary action if a powerful foe might otherwise gain key territory or make the UFP lose face.

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Old November 8 2012, 07:30 PM   #10
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Well the Maquis ... they were planning on declaring those colonies in the DMZ a independent nation. I'm not sure what the Federation could have done to stop them.
Likely nothing, especial since (imo) they were never actual Federation members in the first place, but non-alined colonies with Federation citizens.

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I've actually wondered how the Federation would handle the issue of secession.
Going back to the eighties, the (non-canon) technical manuals and the booklets that went with the role playing games often gave different numbers for the number of members in the Federation. Some had it as high as fifteen hundred members in the 23rd century.

So, instead of the Federations membership gradually and steadily growing to the one hundred and fifty plus figure that Picard mentioned in FC, the Federation might have been considerably larger at some point in it's history, and then there were a series of secessions that eventually reduced it total membership to around one hundred and fifty.

Some fans think that the Federation changed between TOS and TNG, becoming a more consolidated federal state, with a strong central organized government. (I never saw this) This might have driven out the majority of the sovereign minded, independant members leaving only about ten percent in the membership by the 24th century.

Picard in a few episodes did seem to be actively recruiting for new members. And they were considering Bajor for membership, even through Bajor didn't seem to be able to bring much to the party. We also heard and saw the Federation fighting border wars to hang on to territory.

The federations boundries look to be farther out in the 24th century, but how much of it former interior was composed of former members? Hopefully friendly.


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Old November 9 2012, 09:39 AM   #11
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Do we know why did Turkana 4 end up the way it did?
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Old November 9 2012, 12:52 PM   #12
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It was called an "Earth colony", and was said to have "severed relations with the Federation". Sounds like it never was part of the Federation, but merely had relations with it - but this could be a fancy wording for secession, too.

We know the government "fell apart" and gave way to a number of factions infighting in a way that destroyed the single known surface settlement. Two factions were subsequently supported by what remained of the government so that they could act as law enforcers. The original differences of opinion between the two factions were never explicated, but supposedly these would have reflected the differences that originally tore the government apart; presumably, one government faction supported one of the powerful gangs, another supported the other, and ultimately the gangs outgrew the need for an ostensibly joint government.

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Old November 9 2012, 01:24 PM   #13
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Did a lot of women ran away from there? Otherwise idon't see why it would be famous about it's rape gangs.
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Old November 9 2012, 02:02 PM   #14
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Famous for its rape gangs? How so? Tasha Yar on one occasion said it had such, but that doesn't yet amount to any sort of "fame".

Also, why would a witness to rape gangs' existence need to be a woman on the run?

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Old November 9 2012, 03:24 PM   #15
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If I understand right, the Federation itself is not supposed to intervene in member planets' internal affairs. Thanks.
Where'd you get that idea?

First, the Prime Directive was a standing order for Starfleet personnel to not interfere with the development of primitive cultures, to basically not set themselves up as gods to primitive natives.

Then, the Prime Directive became the Federation's foreign policy?! Don't interfere with Klingons. Don't interfere with the Romulans. Hell, Picard told Sisko that he couldn't violate the Prime Directive with respect to Bajor, even though Sisko's mission was to bring the Bajorans into the Federation! If that's not interference in the affairs of a world, I don't know what is!

Now supposedly the Federation can't interfere with the affairs of its own members? What's the point of joining, then? Why does the Federation exist? What use is it if it can't do anything?
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