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# 109
02-28-2013, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by tacofangs View Post
Correct.

It is important to note that there are two independent, but related bodies here. The United Federation of Planets, and Starfleet.

The Federation is like the UN. Each subsidiary nation (or world in this case) can, and likely does, still have it's own means of production, and it's own ships. (Vulcan, Andorian, Caitian, etc.).
However, Starfleet is like NATO, it's an intergovernmental military force. Unlike NATO, Starfleet is the military wing of the UFP. Starfleet ships are what we are used to seeing (all the enterprises, etc.), but they are not the only ships within the Federation.
For example:

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Unit...e_Probe_Agency

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By 2267, UESPA was the operating authority of the USS Enterprise's five-year mission, as Captain James T. Kirk informed John Christopher. (TOS: "Tomorrow is Yesterday") In 2266, Kirk reported to UESPA Headquarters after learning of the destruction of the Antares. (TOS: "Charlie X")
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