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Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 2,602
# 15
07-12-2013, 05:10 PM
XP represent your character improving in combat skill, and in command skill. The more he/she fight, the more skilled he/she become, and the more combat skill you can develop.
Commendation XP represent your character improving in non combat skill, diplomacy, trade... Diplomacy XP is also earned during some conversations and choices. They will increase your diplomacy rank, which will open new conversations during some episodes, and new missions.

In ST, it would be like Picard earning XP when fighting the borg, and earning commendation XP when succesfully communicating with Dathon in Darmok.