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Old August 14 2007, 09:10 PM   #1
Birthright Question

Worf, the only Klingon serving in Starfleet finally regains his family honor, earning the right to live as a Klingon warrior. As soon as he gets the chance, he resigns his Starfleet commission and joins in on one side of a Klingon civil war.

Doesn't this almost constitute a defection to, if not an ememy army, a competing empire whose peace with the Fed is insecure. Worf brings all of his indepth Starfleet expertise (knowlede of codes, system weaknesses, Federation vulnerabilities, etc.) to an empire that, in just a few years, will again be at war with the Fed.

Can you imagine a high ranking U.S. soldier, who happens to be the son of Russian immigrants, turning to his commanding officer in 1943 and saying, "Gee, it's been fun. But, I feel a stronger connection to my Soviet heritage. See ya round. I promise not to tell Stalin about our codes and strategies."
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Old August 14 2007, 09:20 PM   #2
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Wouldn't doing something like that be...dishonorable?
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Old August 14 2007, 10:32 PM   #3
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I think you have your eps confused. Worf resigned his commission in "Redemption" to fight on Gowron's side, because Picard was unwilling to involve the Federation in the Klingon civil war. And since Gowron was supporting the pro-alliance faction, it would not be the same as defecting to an enemy army. "Birthright" was the ep where he was looking for Mogh at the Romulan camp.

For that matter, Worf is only knowledgable about the Enterprise's systems, not the Federation itself. It's a non-issue because the Feds stayed neutral. And Worf resigned his commission before Gowron restored his family honor.


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Old August 15 2007, 12:56 AM   #4
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You're right. I'm thinking of Redemption.
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Old August 15 2007, 01:25 AM   #5
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Wouldn't this be along the lines of Americans serving in the Spanish civil war of the 30's...

... which many did?
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