Wacky Posted April 5, 2009 Report Share Posted April 5, 2009 Everyone knows the Federation is good, right? The Federation is a utopia and in it Starfleet officers don't lie or cheat, and if they do, they are classed as bad, no matter what reason. It was this liberalism and moral objectivism, that really attracted me to Star Trek, especially when Picard can go badass and say that it doesn't matter even if Simon Tarses IS a Romulan spy, he must have a fair trial. It so happens that I no longer think the Federation is the shining ideal of right it used to be (with the glorious exception of Picard and possibly Kirk), for the following reasons- The Federation now acts as if the means justify the ends, which never used to be the case. I comment on the poor experiences of the Romulan Senator Vreenak, who apart from his anti human bias is a perfectly reasonable elected Senator of a Galactic Republic (The Romulan Empire.) 1. The Tomed Incident- In 2311, the Romulan Empire and the Federation are about to go to war when a Federation protoype vessel explodes and causes the Star Trek equivalent of a nuclear explosion (subspace explosion destroys an entire sector of space and renders it inoperable to warp travel.) A Romulan nationalist on the flagship Tomed rigs his warp core, powered by a black hole, to fail while in warp while aiming it at a line of Federation outposts. Four Thousand starfleet officers are murdered, and the Klingon Empire allies with the Federation in the face of such a cowardly attack. Senator Vreenak, a diplomatic aide at this time, comments that while a patriot and bigot, the nationalist would never act in a way contrary to Romulan interests, which he has just apparently done. He gets yelled at by everyone, including the Romulan ambassador. The only problem is that Vreenak is RIGHT. The entire incident was a plot by the Federation to get the Klingons onside so there would be peace. All the people on the bases were actually people who had died over the past year on classified missions and were "sent" there, their sensor readings faked with equipment. The nationalist's ship was in essence hijacked by a group of Starfleet officers, one of whom tricked a Romulan diplomat into transporting his men onto the ship. In total, 6 people died, although only one is truly murdered by a starfleet officer. 2. The Sisko Lie- If you've seen In the Pale Moonlight of DS9, one of my favourite episodes, you'll know how this goes. Captain Sisko lies, cheats, murders, acquiesces in murder, and condemns both Vreenak, who has found out that the alleged information given to him about the Dominion is a fabrication by Starfleet, and several million innocent Romulans to die JUST SO the Federation has a CHANCE of winning the Dominion War. It's nice how they still remember Starfleet is meant to be morally objectivist, so it has Sisko not being able to live with himself, and that he can't truly justify why he did what he did, but that's what the Federation has sunk to. 3. Star Trek: Insurrection- granted this time the good guys are Starfleet, but the bad guys are Starfleet too. The Federation advocates forcibly removing a colony of several thousand from a planet with regenerative powers so it can be strip mined and turned into medical treatments for the rest of the Federation. It also allies with a nascent warp civilisation just as an extra ally against the Dominion (Whereas without the alliance the Dominion would have just left them alone.) This is akin to France asking Luxembourg to ally with them because Germany just declared war on them. And you ask yourself... Is Optimus Prime truly the only unambiguous good character left in this world? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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