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July 11, 2012
Mankind is at a crossroads. Humanity faces a decision: embrace the dreams of the universe and the fact that humanity is special and has potential, or succumb to the death of domination by a predatory elite bent on wrecking the species and limiting the paradigms of the mind.
Originally posted by SayonaraJupiter
3d printers just came out. We are on the crest of a real new Star Trek age.
Tablet touch computers have been out for a few years. The little kids literally love those things.
I'd rather have a Star Trek world than be ruled by proto-fascist corporate scumbags.
I guess it comes down to which kind of world you want to live in?
In the universe of Star Trek, the Prime Directive, Starfleet's General Order number 1, is the most prominent guiding principle of the United Federation of Planets. The Prime Directive dictates that there can be no interference with the internal development of alien civilizations. It has special implications, however, for civilizations that have not yet developed the technology for interstellar spaceflight ("pre-warp"), since no primitive culture can be given or exposed to any information regarding advanced technology or the existence of extraplanetary civilizations, lest this exposure alter the natural development of the civilization. Although this was the only application stated by Captain Kirk in "The Return of the Archons", by the 24th Century, it had been indicated to include purposeful efforts to improve or change in any way the natural course of such a society, even if that change is well-intentioned and kept completely secret. "Pre-warp" is defined as any culture which has not yet attained warp drive technology and is thus, implicitly, unaware of the existence of alien races. Starfleet allows scientific missions to investigate and secretly move amongst pre-warp civilizations as long as no advanced technology is left behind, and there is no interference with events or no revelation of their identity. This can usually be accomplished with hidden observation posts, but Federation personnel may disguise themselves as local sentient life and interact with them. The only stated exception to the Prime Directive is the Omega Directive, Starfleet's General Order number 0, in which a Starfleet captain is authorized to take any and all means necessary to destroy Omega Molecules when detected. Whenever the Omega Directive is in force, all other general orders and regulations, including the Prime Directive, are effectively rescinded. Knowledge of the Omega Directive is heavily restricted, however, so as far as the majority of Starfleet and the Federation at large are concerned, the Prime Directive is still Starfleet's paramount principle.