For a second I thought the ensign was celebrating, not surrendering in haste.
A glaring policy fault of the UFP is that it’s best acculturated to dealing with political entities similar to what it professes to be: modern, first-world, democratic constitutional republics. Even when the issue presented is not an application for membership as such but what should be negotiation of an internal turmoil, there are unspoken assumptions that turn out to be wrong – especially when a world is being run like Mississippi in the 1950s or some similar kakistocracy.
“Domestic disputes” have killed cops as well as, on larger scales, ruined empires.
Ah, but those in charge always believe themselves to be the best suited for the position!
What is depicted here is what has happened quite a number of times in Earth history. For instance, Sunday, January 22, 1905, when a crowd, armed with a letter to the tsar, was gunned down by the Russian Imperial Guard.
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