Section 31 is a positive for the Federation (spoilers from TV & books)

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  1. sonak

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    supplying one side with drugs while offering to supply the other side with medical technology is pretty much THE definition of neutral. The Son'a were in it for themselves. Picard's actions helped push the Son'a into being actual allies of the Dominion.
     
  2. HaventGotALife

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    I don't think Gene ever imagined a Section 31 and I think that it made for interesting fodder in Deep Space Nine, I wouldn't change anything except going into Sloan's mind at the end of the series. What really gets me is that this wasn't in response to the Dominion threat. That Section 31 had always existed really got on my nerves. It's not Gene's future, despite being necessary in the 24th Century.
     
  3. Vanyel

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    Outside of the books, and I'm going by what I've read hear in this thread, Starfleet Command had no knowledge of Section 31. Whether the books are canon is still a debate as pieces of the books have appeared in some series.

    Aside from that a covert take over of the Federation is a strong possibility from an organization that is so super secret. They could get their own man in the Presidency, their own people in key positions in the Federation Council. Someone they control, the power behind the throne.

    It's not unprecedented. In the history of the United States First Lady Edith Wilson, wife of President Woodrow Wilson who had had a major stroke, controlled what he saw and who saw him. She controlled what legislation "he" pushed for. For all intents and purposes she was running the Executive Branch.

    With S31 guys in places of power, S31 would have control of the Federation Government and the Federation. Any S31 agent who thought it was wrong, having never existed in the first place would be killed, any Starfleet officer as well.

    Rome fell from within before it was conquered. An over simplification, yes, but it is still basically true.

    Being in the shadows is not limiting, it's empowering. They do have the ability to blackmail, and like I said to put their own people in key positions. The best way to protect something is to control it. Someone in S31 would eventually realize that in order to truly protect the Federation, they must take over its government. Covertly, the power behind the throne. And if they do a good job they could be like Egypt's Hatshepsut, and come out in the open.

    This is how my mind works at 2:45 in the morning.
     
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  4. Hartzilla2007

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    If we Ignore the fact that genocide is wrong not ifs ands or buts and isn't anywhere near waging a conventional war against soliders, then we have becuase it didn't actually help at all, and probably would have blown up in the federation.

    Want to know why it wouldn't have helped BECUASE THE WAR WAS F@#KING OVER by the point Odo offered the cure so all he did was stop one battle which probably wouldn't have even been about to happen if the Founder leading their forces wasn't half nuts from dying and as such would have been thinking about self preservation instead of going out in the blaze of glory.


    No it basically came off as a one and done, no indefinite collection at all, what with the rings breaking up in the simulations and Ru'afo thinking he can go through with it, murder all the witnesses and be gone before the federation knew what had happened.

    That plan kind of falls apart if he had to stay in the area a long while seeing as the federation would likely send someone to check on Dougherty after Riker got done talking with the federation council especially after the Son'a shot at them on the way to do that.

    It sounds to me more like the Son'a only talked to the feds so they wouldn't wonder why a Dominion supplier and thus possible ally who uses illegal WMDs and conquers people is poking around a nice place to put a secret base that could be used to attack federation planets and is ominously orbiting over a possibly pre-warp civilization with a big scary thing which may or may not look like its killing everyone on the planet depending on if they turned it on yet or not and led the feds to pulling a Kirk on their asses.
     
  5. T'Girl

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    Except it wasn't.

    The Founders hadn't surrendered at that point. The Dominion forces hadn't stopped hostilities. The JemHadar had no orders to stand down.

    The Cardassians (who had switched sides) were on the verge of being attack by the Dominion.

    Without the bargining chip of the cure, Starfleet would have engaged in a battle whose end result is completely unknown.

    So how was the war (in any way) "over."
     
  6. BillJ

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    I don't. What was a "well-meaning" creation meant to correct some obvious flaws became every writers favorite boogey-man. And has the majority of fandom bending over backwards trying to explain every morally questionable action as being taken by Section 31.

    Much like The Measure of a Man, it was fun once but led to incredible stupidity down the road.
     
  7. Hartzilla2007

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    Becuase the Founder pretty much admitted they weren't going to win the battle she just decided to go out ion the blaze of glory becuase she was going to die anyway and figured she would just spite the Federation and it's allies by giving them a bitter victory.

    Now she may have considered surrender if she wasn't dying, hell we know the Dominion would likely cave into whatever the Federation wanted to save a Founder, so all they would really need to do is capture her which they already had at that point.

    And I still can't believe people are still defending a plan that only worked becuase Dukat went nuts. If he was still in charge the quadrant would have been screwed thanks to Section 31. or hell even Damar aka the guy who once convinced Weyoun to try to kill a Founder (Yes the Dominion thinks Odo counts).
     
  8. TheRoyalFamily

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    The biggest problem I have with the whole disease thing is that S31 allowed Bashir to know they did it. Bashir almost certainly would have been able to figure out a cure - maybe not in time to save Odo, or even the Founders in general - and he would definitely have suspected S31 (he did, after all), but they confirmed it. Bashir is the most TNG-ish of the DS9 cast (even more than O'Brian and Worf, somehow), and so of course he has to go on some big moral crusade - and the worst of it is, he told Odo.

    Now the Founders know exactly how everything went down. Sure, the Federation gave them the cure, but they were also the cause of the disease. You know that a bunch of the new, exiting diseases Bashir goes on to cure after the show have to come from the Dominion, seeking revenge, no matter how much Odo is influencing them.
     
  9. T'Girl

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    Their stated purpose was to protect the Federation. Section 31's mission is to protect democracy, even if they themselves don't practice it. Converting the Federation into either a overt dictatorship or a puppet state would defeat Section 31 reason for existence.

    S31 (by the example of Sloan) are zealots, they are true believers.

    Look at it this way, Section 31 was formed before the Federation was, they've had two centuries to execute a coup, and mold the Federation in their own image, but in two centuries this never happen.

    Meaning the Dominion was still fighting, ergo the war wasn't "over."

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  10. sonak

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    could you elaborate on that last comparison? Did you mean because of the "hologram rights" thing that was inspired by it later? Because if you did, then we are on the same page.
     

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