Hi all, I was doing a little research on the scope of the Prime Directive for a project. Most instances of PD violations or preservation were related to direct actions: Starfleet interfering with the developmentof a civilization. I was wondering how the PD handles indirect violations, that is, someone else messing with things who is not a member of Starfleet and/or the Federation. So first question: At what level does the PD work? Does it bind every Federation citizen or just Starfleet or does it even extend to other non-members as some sort of multi-lateral commitment? Second question: How would Starfleet handle indirect violations? Example: You have a planet with a famine. They have not yet invented the replicator and any other means of helping them would not suffice (e.g., transporting food to the planet). Starfleet would deny them access to replicator tech as per the PD. A non-federation civilization shows up, like Ferengi or Klingons. They offer to supply the technology. Would Starfleet intervene? There are few examples of the scope of the PD. TOS did 'A Private Little War', as damage to the normal evolution has already been caused by Klingon interference before Enterprise showed up. I was specifically thinking of a situation where the violation can still be prevented. Can you think of other situations of third-party involvement?