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Babylon 5 was said to be neutral and was sponsored and funded by all the major powers and several in the league of non-aligned worlds. So why was the station staffed by just humans why not a multi species staff to make it more clear of it not being human bias?

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    Babylon 5 was in neutral territory, but it was owned and operated by Earth. – Harry Johnston Sep 17 '17 at 7:39
  • but its operations where to be similar to the real world UN – Connor Lonergan Sep 17 '17 at 7:40
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    Well ... the Wikipedia article makes that claim, but doesn't back it up. I don't see much of a similarity myself. At any rate, when the story started it was unambiguously under Earth's command. I expect someone will post an answer with specific evidence, I don't have time to do the research right now. – Harry Johnston Sep 17 '17 at 7:55
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    @ConnorLonergan - Everyone who works at the UN is human.... – Valorum Sep 17 '17 at 8:49
  • I said similar not exact – Connor Lonergan Sep 17 '17 at 9:06
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I don't think it's ever made explicitly clear who funded the construction of Babylon 5, but the Babylon stations were primarily an Earth Alliance project. Following the near-catastrophic (for Earth) war with the Minbari that started over a misunderstanding, the Earth Alliance attempted to build the Babylon station as a neutral ground where humans and aliens could mingle, trade and negotiate and hopefully prevent another disastrous war. The first three Babylon stations are destroyed by terrorists before completion, Babylon 4 was completed but vanished before it could become operational. The Wikipedia entry says that Babylon 5 was co-funded by Earth and the Minbari due to the crippling financial loss of Babylon 4, but it's not clear where this is sourced from.

So Babylon 5 was essentially a human space station that was funded, maintained and protected by Earth Alliance, albeit one that existed in neutral space with a mission to provide a place that many species could co-exist and help maintain peaceful relations. Since the station crew was largely drawn from Earth Alliance military, they were all human.

That said, the station also hosts the Babylon 5 Council which consists of representatives of all the major species such as the Minbari, Centauri etc. The council was primarily concerned with inter-species relations but could sometimes rule on operational concerns of the station as well.

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    In season 2 episode 20 during the council meeting about the narn surrender dalen stated it – Connor Lonergan Sep 17 '17 at 8:12
  • Also, Londo (to Ivanova) in s1e19 (A Voice in the Wilderness II), about 13 minutes in: "I wish to remind you that my government has contributed substantial amounts of money to this station." – Ian Thompson Sep 18 '17 at 19:38
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    The Minbari financed the station on the condition that they be allowed to choose the commander. – Acccumulation Feb 28 '18 at 21:49
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At one point someone, presumably Delenn, stated that the central idea of a meeting place dedicated to diplomacy is the sort of thing that only Humans would think of - everyone else, from the Drazi to the Minbari, are too self-oriented to even conceive such an idea. Between that and the fact that it is being funded and run by Earth, it's not too surprising they haven't extended rank-and-file job offers.

...until, of course, G'Kar offered the services of the Narn to round out B5's Security Forces after the station declared independence and had to purge regime elements from Security.

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