I was always struck by how Ardana is a member of the Federation, with its use of torture and the caste system. Did the High Advisor or his predecessor maintain a display of false equality and enlightened philosophy all the while, during the planet's application to join the Federation? This seems a bit unrealistic; membership isn't just filling in a form, but sharing, understanding and respect for other peoples. True, crime may still exist within society, but I hardly think the Federation is naieve, or would approve of a leadership of oppression and inequality. I also hardly think it is a recent setup, as Droxine indicates: DROXINE: The complete separation of toil and leisure has given Ardana this perfectly balanced social system, Captain. Why should we change it? So we could speculate, that at least since Stratos was constructed, this separation has existed, and it is implied by the High Advisor that Stratos has been around for a while. So... I struggle with the planet actually being a Federation member.... Thoughts?