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Old 08-23-2009, 03:01 AM
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Yes it does seem that when the Federation had a larger strategic objective to achieve - it was happy to suspend the PD in 'Errand of Mercy' in order to achieve a military objective. Same as they offered up a few planets in the DMZ to appease the Cardassians. They also used the PD as a reason not to help the Bajorans when under the rule of the Cardassians, yet swamped in when the Cardassians left and spent the next 7 years setting themselves up as the friends of Bajor.

So it probably is perspective.

I tend to think the PD is just the Federation talking a good game about itself, but as it's been proven it gets paid lip service when needed, or merely inconsistently used and termed, I just have over the years developed less interest in characters grand speeches about how marvelous it is.
'If the Apocalypse starts, beep me!' - Buffy Summers
'The sky's the limit.....' Jean-Luc Picard, 'All Good Things'

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