So what do you think of the Typhon Pact (as an organization)?

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Charles Phipps, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. Charles Phipps

    Charles Phipps Captain Captain

    Sep 17, 2011
    The United States' consistent inability (and in many cases) unwillingness to live up to many of its own stated doctrines from the founding of said nation onward points this out but, however, I'm not sure a rival superpower makes things any better. Rival nations (France and Britain, the Germans and British, the Ottomons and Hungary) seem to bring out the worst in each other as opposed to the opposite.

    In addition to the threat of MAD, the Typhon Pact are just as likely to make the Federation worse as the Klingon Empire did Kirk's era.

    Then again, I'm not the writer. I'm just a fan. :rommie:
  2. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    ^Perhaps. Good intentions often produce bad results, especially if the wrong method is employed to pursue them. It's just important to understand that nations rarely consider themselves "evil." They're usually trying to do what they think is best for their own people, but different nations have conflicting priorities and worldviews and that's where conflict comes from. Simplifying it to good vs. evil is usually just propaganda that gets in the way of understanding the real issues and causes. True, a lot of fiction does dumb down politics to good vs. evil, but Star Trek has rarely done so. Even the Klingons, who were generally pretty irredeemable in TOS, were shown more sympathetically in "Day of the Dove," and it was stated in their first appearance that they would one day be friends with the Federation.
  3. Sci

    Sci Admiral Admiral

    Mar 2, 2002
    Montgomery County, State of Maryland
    Imperialism has a funny way of making itself invisible to those who practice it.
  4. rfmcdpei

    rfmcdpei Captain Captain

    Aug 19, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Sure. What the Federation did to the Tholians in the era of the Vanguard starbase arguably legitimately makes it some kind of villain in the eyes of the Tholians, especially given the generally much longer individual lifespans of Federation species. Continued Tholian hostility towards the Federation makes sense, given the potentially catastrophic outcome of the Shedai experiments.
  5. JD

    JD Admiral Admiral

    Jul 22, 2004
    Arizona, USA
    Didn't the Tholians even try to tell the Federation to stop, only to be ignored? I swear I remember a scene with the Tholian ambassador trying to tell them to leave the Shedai tech alone, only to be blown off.