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Stupidest Thing About the Prime Directive

Apparently, only Starfleet and the Federation follow it. Possibly some other ethical civilized starfarers. Klingons, Romulans, Cardassians, Ferengi. They feel no qualms about interfering with pre-warp civilizations. They'll pose as gods or conquerors. Enslave the population, strip the planet of resources. I mean, there's so MANY different alien races in Star Trek it's amazing that any planet gets millennia to develop on its own. Wouldn't it make more sense for the Federation to help guide less advanced races so they could defend themselves?

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I don't see how that's the "stupidest thing" about it; the members of Starfleet and citizens of the Federation dedicated to upholding it aren't gods, there are limitations to what they can do. They have a law in effect meant for the long term benefit of the less developed cultures they encounter, and the best they can do to enforce it to the fullest extent that they can. What else can you do? Have them say, " *beep* it, we can't ensure this rule is absolutely followed by everyone, so there's no point in anyone doing it"? That would be stupid.

To that end, by some account there are instances where it extends beyond the Federation, at least to some degree. In the TOS episode "A Private Little War," when Kirk visited Tyree's planet, Kirk and McCoy worked to collect evidence of Klingon involvement, that they could take back to Starfleet. There was at least the general concept that the Klingons were helping the some of the people to develop their advanced weapons in secret, rather than being overt about it, because they weren't allowed to - officially, at any rate.
I could be mistaken, but I can't think off hand of any other instances where the Federation abided other galactic powers to flagrantly influence less developed cultures. The closest might be Cardassia's occupation of Bajor, but Bajor wasn't that under-developed; and by some of the description of the relationship between the Occupation-era Cardassian government and the Federation, they were not on the best of terms during at least a large portion of that time, if not all of it. In many ways it seemed to mirror the Cold War-era relations between Russia and the US, with some heated conflicts.


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'helping them' has been tried numerous times, and often lead to catastrophic failure. This is why the prime directive was introduced. No if only they'd decide if it's a law or a guideline, because star trek captains seem to only follow it when they feel like it.

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I mean, there's so MANY different alien races in Star Trek it's amazing that any planet gets millennia to develop on its own.
Um ... is it ? There are at least a hundred billion stars in the Milky Way. Theres about a hundred billion galaxies in the observable universe, too. I dont think its far fetched that most civilizations would be left alone.

Whats far fetched is rather Klingons, Ferengi etc themselves. Why would a space faring civilization be warlike, or businesslike ? At the time they have FTL, they should have had all the ressources they ever possibly wanted.

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Whats far fetched is rather Klingons, Ferengi etc themselves. Why would a space faring civilization be warlike, or businesslike ? At the time they have FTL, they should have had all the ressources they ever possibly wanted.

there's a video i posted "is star trek racist?" which suggests it is because all aliens are depicted as mono-cultured stereotypes.
look it up on youtube if you are interested.

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