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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 43
11-14-2010, 09:14 PM
Originally Posted by CaptMattSchwab
They even reminded Kirk that he had the power to take them forcibly
Starfleet had already thrown the Prime Directive out the window. Kirk chose to uphold it and therefore makes a different situation. If anything, you confirmed my point that Starfleet is about choosing what's best for the Federation over the Prime Directive. They chose not to pursue this case because if they went over Kirk's head, Kirk would have been in full protest and the matter would have brought Starfleet's hypocrisy into the light. For all we know, Starfleet has a secret mining operation that goes on there anyway.

The captains each have their own way of upholding the Prime Directive, but the captain's don't dictate the type of ships that Starfleet commissions hence why a battleship line is very likely.