Commodore Stocker adressing Kirk as "Sir"

Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by ThatsMrCaptaintoyou, Mar 27, 2021.

  1. Mres_was_framed!

    Mres_was_framed! Commander Red Shirt

    Nov 5, 2018
    I getting the suggestion here that a registered civilian vessel might be registered with "S.S." and no "NCC" (maybe "NAR" if we go by TNG references), whereas a true Starfleet ship would be registered with "U.S.S." and "NCC." The USS vessels apparently have some kind of jurisdiction over the others if we go by the "Mudd's Women" example.

    Following this through to Merrick, he might have a rank, but not a Starfleet rank, in the merchant service. Thank rank could be Captain or anything else appropriate.

    Starfleet as a "combined service" starts to make more sense in this context. Various jobs like exploring, patrolling, and defending are combined in this single service (with blue, green and red shirts respectively), while the Merchant Marine and/or independent scouts conduct most of what we would call economic business and prospecting, mining, trade and so on.

    To push this line of thinking further to answer another question, then the show could could call a "starship," anything that explores, patrols, or defends for Starfleet," while the others are called only "spaceships."
  2. dupersuper

    dupersuper Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 24, 2020
    Wasn't there a line in Angel One (sorry to veer off into TNG for a moment) about the civilian crew there wasn't bound by the prime directive?
  3. Timo

    Timo Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Aug 26, 2003
    And another where Starfleet was explicitly forbidden, by the prime directive, from interfering in the interference of these civilians!

    A general or special case? We can't tell, just as we generally can't tell the specifics of a PD debate in a Trek adventure. We never hear the whole story, but the heroes are trained in this very thing and will take into account all variables without commenting on them.

    Timo Saloniemi