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Join Date: Dec 2007
01-31-2012, 08:58 AM
I'm not sure...
It sort of depends on your perspective of the Federation I think. If they did, I don't think they would be privateers in the classic sense of what amounts to 'licensed piracy'. I can sort of picture them recruiting fringe assistance from merchants or Fedetation-friendly organisations in the sense of a militia, but it's something they would probably
to be heavily monitored (whether that's something that's achievable is probably up to debate).
It's probably something that would, if not contradict, then at least go against the grain of the Federation ethos. They don't strike me as the kind of organisation that would be comfortable allowing potential abuses or war-crimes by people who are not accountable, or in asking people outside of the Federation (or starfleet) to fight and die for them.