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Old 11-16-2008, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by NCC-73515 View Post
Why would Vulcan, Andoria, Tellar and Alpha Centauri give up their fleets and let Earth's Starfleet handle everything?
I doubt that's the case.

In my mind, the Federation absorbed all the interstellar military/exploration services from its member planets (Starfleet, the Vulcan High Command, the Andorian Imperial Guard, et cetera), leaving each with its own planetary defence force (the UESN [United Earth Space Navy], whose medics served on mostly-human starships such as the U.S.S. Enterprise as late as the mid-2200s, for instance). The name and insignia of Starfleet seems to have been a relatively natural choice for the fledgling UFP, as it was clearly the most generically-named of all the service fleets in 2161 and was already in use with signage, branding, rank-and-file structure, et cetera.
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