a reply to: tikbalang
The Borg are very much based on the old cold war view of an aggressive expansionist communist superstate, every individual is part of the whole and
is nothing more than a drone, this was added to later by the invention and addition of the borg queen whom was supposed to be a unifying and directing
presence in the hive.
Not the first time Star Trek explored communism in a futuristic world as the Binars a race of cyborg's within the federation are similar but do not
have the drive to assimilated other's.
In part the Borg a later invention were probably invented to distance the new Star Trek from the veiled semi socialist ideology's (with more personal
freedom and a Utopian society threatened on all sides by aggressive aliens) of the original series, a series which of course added to the modern
jargon term's such as Red Alert and also had the first television kiss between a black actress and a white actor so positioned itself very much
against the social racial divide and stereotyping that was still prevalent (And sadly still is today) in the US of the time.
Though science fiction it was a seminal and important social catalyst as it was so very popular among the younger and often also more intelligent age
group of the time.
As for the Vulcan's there place and lore has also changed since the early day's of the Star Trek series culminating in a rewriting of Star Trek
history as shown in the film first contact but based on that they took a not so hand's off but custodial approach to helping the human race to develop
as we had developed the mean's by which we were then able to step on there toes and were in what they regarded as there area of the galaxy, how they
went from being the main power to a bit player in that region was explained in the series Enterprise with the founding of the federation which is
supposed to be a multi species pooling if resources and technology's.
Between the two only the Vulcan's were Benign if condescending and certain of there own superiority, the Borg's structure on the other hand is a
totally oppressive regime that purges all personal expression and imprison's the mind - or expand's it dependent upon your own opinion and so starved
of original thought they instead assimilate other's to bring them and there new originality into there own single mind before having to move on to
another race/culture in order to feed this appetite for new knowledge and experience which there single shared mind has denited them by oppressing or
swamping away any individuality along with any original thought and inventiveness that are born of that individuality, nevertheless the Borg see
themselves as good guy's and believe they are elevating those they assimilate.
Human's are hinted at as becoming something else in the distant future in several episodes of all series, the Q another utopian society of almost god
like being's fear or envy human's (or what they or rather the Federation become's) of the future yet the series is also filled with allegorical
story's about lost civilization's such as the Next Generation's T'Kon empire a civilization that was once almost god like with the ability to move
stars and planet's but with the exception of Sentinal a long survivor whom has been dormant until the Enterprise and an early encounter with the
Ferengi have a tussel over his dormant outpost.
The Ferengi are a good example of an Analogy of the modern Corporate world, profit is life and they would sell you there own mother, they are
inherently dishonest but bound by an aggressive corporate manual called the Rule's of Acquisition which is venerated as an almost religious text among
them, to make there interaction more common they were later toned down into an almost clown like race of small time business men in Deep Space 9 but
originally were an aggressive and highly developed culture that would have given the romulan's, klingon's or even the federation a run for there
Through out the series though the theme of a culture that has banished human hunger and poverty is kept a constant and human population is not
controlled as the federation is based not only on inter species interaction's but also upon Federation Colonisation and even terraforming (earth
forming - making earth like) of suitable world's.
The Borg, Aggressive Communist Superstate with Totalitarian rule like an internet and thought police in your head.
The Vulcan's a group of concerned professor's and intellectual's whom strive to shape those that they see as lesser and in need of there guidance, no
real world parallel though several tenuous one's could be constructed.
The Ferengi - Mad Corporation's.
The Klingon's, originally the old series take on a fear of mongol type invaders and marauders from the east also founded in a lack of understanding
based view of the old soviet union but later morphed into lovable head banging nut cases whom eat bowl's of life worm's and keep pet pig's called
targ, oh and by that point they do not value personal hygiene and stink as well.
The Romulan's, what the Vulcan's could have been had they been aggressive but of course they also had to be intellectually inferior to the Vulcan's
or we would never have stood a chance.
Name was taken from the Roman legend's of Romulus and Remus (Remus a later character as well) the founders of Rome, this also helped to shape them as
a Roman empire type space faring species but only in so far as they have a senet etc.
Other lesser races also frequent the series and each encounter has a moral tale, often social or totalitarian oppression of a minority is a factor,
bigotry, racism and economic inequality's are challenged and studied in a round about fashion in many of the episode's and it was this moral thread
and vein that made so many of the original Star Trek story's so pertinent, something I feel has been lost in the Reboot movie's.