I don’t think they’re intervening at the colony worlds. I think they’re intervening with the non-member source of the offending refugees. A good example of a legally dubious, but politically expedient choice on the part of Starfleet. To choose skirting a Prime Directive which has been pretty regularly broken in the past rather than dealing with their own demagogues.
It might be seen as a straight forward solution, because the refugees have turned an internal problem into a non-internal problem. That might be enough to convince the Federation the Prime Directive does not or cannot apply to its fullest. Alternatively, refugees by their nature are automatically asking for help when leaving their home nation for another, and once an individual of a civilization or species asks for help from the Federation Starfleet is allowed to act. Thirdly, Trova having a deep space fairing civilization means the Federation is allowed to offer help unprompted, and diplomatic aid is the gentlest solution, least likely to cause deep involvement, while allowing both parties have a solution on their terms, rather than one imposed on them by the Federation. Ideally.
I believe the Federation intervening internally, with the colonies, might actually be the harder solution, because it risks adding fuel to the demagoguery of colonial leaders. They could say the Federation cares more about non-members than members, and is actively attempting to dilute the colonial societies with aliens, or some such things as that.
but aren’t they federation colonies. so if a war did break out. the federation would get involve. so stopping it from seem the best. in a peaceful manner of course.
No, Trova is not a colony. Its refugees are fleeing to federation colonies, though, which is causing strife.
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