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tilarta 03-27-2013 04:16 PM

Why do players keep calling Starfleet Federation?
 
This is something I've never really understood.

Yes, I know Cryptic labelled the faction Federation, but it's a very inacurrate name.

Because we're not actually playing as Federation characters!

We play as Starfleet characters.

The Federation is the generic term for civilians, Starfleet is the military arm.

It would be like going up to a member of the Navy and calling them a civvie.

rtk142 03-27-2013 04:28 PM

Not quite true. It's more like calling someone in the Navy "American". Federation, in this case, would be their citizenship.

sollvax 03-27-2013 04:33 PM

If you are in starfleet you are a citizen of the Federation.

If you are in the Federation you are protected by Starfleet

gypsyblade 03-27-2013 05:21 PM

We've gotten used to just calling it by the faction name. I remember players getting confused with the KHG set when it was first released. I've notice some still refer to the set as the KDF set.

Would be hard pressed to ask people to change to calling it Starfleet now tho....

thecosmic1 03-27-2013 05:43 PM

We can always just call it Red and Blue. :)

tangolight 03-27-2013 06:19 PM

When I read news, or watch movies, I usually see each side referred to by their nationality, even though they're usually just referring to the military branches of them. ie: The British are coming. It's the Americans. The Germans in World War 2, etc.

mscowboy 03-27-2013 06:34 PM

"... captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starfleet Starship Enterprise..."

No wait, that's not right...

thecosmic1 03-27-2013 06:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mscowboy (Post 8852291)
"... captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starfleet Starship Enterprise..."

No wait, that's not right...

You nailed it! :)

psycoticvulcan 03-27-2013 07:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sollvax (Post 8850981)
If you are in starfleet you are a citizen of the Federation.

People can join Starfleet without being a Federation citizen, as long as they get a letter of recommendation from an officer. Remember Nog?

tangolight 03-27-2013 07:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by psycoticvulcan (Post 8852601)
People can join Starfleet without being a Federation citizen, as long as they get a letter of recommendation from an officer. Remember Nog?

Yes, and then Nog (probably) became a member of the Federation.


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