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# 41
04-05-2013, 07:21 AM
First, the faction's name is abbreviated. When you hear someone in the movies and series say 'the Federation', the character is referring to the 'United Federation of Planets'. Its the galaxy's version of the United Nations.

Starfleet is an organization that operates within the Federation. Once a planetary government joins the 'United Federation of Planet', the peace treaty grants their civilians a chance to join Starfleet. As everyone already knows, Starfleet is a military based space exploration and educational organization.

You can be a member of the 'United Federation of Planets' without belonging to Starfleet. Jake Sisko, Cassidy Yates, Amanda Grayson, and Sarek belong to the 'United Federation of Planets'; however, they never entered into the ranks of Starfleet.

Sarek was a Vulcan ambassador to the 'United Federation of Planets'.

Seven of Nine was a human from Earth, but she doesn't end up joining Starfleet. If you watch the series "Star Trek: Voyager", Seven was never given a specific rank. I think she wore a Starfleet scinece uniform once.

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Originally Posted by tilarta View Post
Nog was not a member of the Federation and he joined Starfleet, because he was sponsored by Captain Sisko. So, given the above example, it is not likely that every member of Starfleet is necessarily a Federation citizen.
Within certain special cases, Starfleet has allowed members of a non-Federation culture to join. Its similar to having a work visa or diplomatic immunity. As an overall rule to the system, Starfleet doesn't grant any non-Federation civilian access. Special circumstances have to be have occurred.

Last edited by linyive; 04-05-2013 at 07:45 AM.
Commander
Join Date: Dec 2012
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# 42
04-05-2013, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by linyive View Post
First, the faction's name is abbreviated. When you hear someone in the movies and series say 'the Federation', the character is referring to the 'United Federation of Planets'. Its the galaxy's version of the United Nations.
I wouldn't use the UN as an example, here. The UN, while it is a suprenational organization, and can pass binding resolutions, has no independent coercive power, mechanisms of enforcement, nor are its member-states necessarily entreated for defense or trade (and in fact, may be belligerents of one another). North Korea, for its various appearances in the news and allegations of rogue statehood, is a member-state of the United Nations for example.

On the other hand, the UFP is a federal, constitutional republic. Member-states enjoy limited sovereignty over their own affairs, but there is a central, federal, government consisting of executive, legislature, and judiciary branches that wield coercive power over its member-states, and is empowered to provide for the common defense (i.e. Starfleet). UFP members are entreated for common defense and trade.
Captain
Join Date: Jan 2013
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# 43
04-14-2013, 05:28 PM
Andorian, Vulcan, etc ships aren't Starfleet ships. But they ARE Federation ships.

Just saying.


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