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TNG Season 6, Ep# 129: "Man of the People"

PICARD VO: Captain's Log, Stardate 46071.6. We have been called to the aid of a transport ship, which has been attacked near Rekag-Seronia. Hostilities between the two factions on that planet have intensified recently, threatening an important Federation shipping route.

DATA: Captain, sensors have located the transport ship. Two Rekag battle cruisers are flanking it.

Culture: money talks, bullshit walks, and the Prime Directive balks. A planet's internal turmoil is threatening an important Federation shipping route, so they send an ambassador in on a transport, in order to "fix" the situation (ie- interfere in the inner politics of another world). When that ambassador is attacked by the Rekags while trespassing on Rekag territory, the Federation responds by sending in their mightiest warship. In effect, they end up invading Rekag territory in force, in order to ensure that their interference in Rekag politics goes unimpeded.

So if I understand the Prime Directive, it goes as follows: if the internal affairs of another nation cause inhumane suffering or threaten your security, do not interfere. But if the internal affairs of another nation threaten your precious shipping routes, then by all means, interfere. Immediately.

To be fair, I do understand why the Federation would get involved here. I just think it's the height of hypocrisy for them to hold their noses high in the air about their superior ethics the rest of the time. It's a bit like Bill Clinton preaching the importance of family values or honesty.

TNG Season 6, Ep# 129: "Man of the People"

ALKAR: I am grateful for the Federation's offer to escort me, but if I arrive at Rekag-Seronia on the Enterprise, the armed Flagship of Starfleet, my mission as a Peace negotiator will be compromised. There must be a Federation transport ship in the area that could take me there.

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ADMIRAL: However, we also recognize that safety is an issue -- not just yours, but the crew that escorts you. To send you on an unarmed transport puts everyone at risk. I think it's best if you proceed to Rekag-Seronia aboard the Enterprise.

Culture: the only two alternatives available to Ambassador Alkar are a "Federation transport ship" and a Starfleet warship. In other words, he has two forms of government-owned transportation to choose from. The option of a privately owned vessel is never discussed, most likely because there is no such beast in the Federation.

TNG Season 6, Ep# 129: "Man of the People"

ALKAR: I am grateful for the Federation's offer to escort me, but if I arrive at Rekag-Seronia on the Enterprise, the armed Flagship of Starfleet, my mission as a Peace negotiator will be compromised. There must be a Federation transport ship in the area that could take me there.

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ADMIRAL: However, we also recognize that safety is an issue -- not just yours, but the crew that escorts you. To send you on an unarmed transport puts everyone at risk. I think it's best if you proceed to Rekag-Seronia aboard the Enterprise.

Command Structure: the Enterprise is invariably referred to as the "flagship" of Starfleet, despite the fact that it never carries the flag officer of a fleet or task force. In fact, it always travels alone, under the command of its captain, hence making the term "flagship" quite a curiosity.

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