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A Star Trek policy that guides all Federation members in their dealings with alien life forms. Specifically they are not to influence or interfere in the development of alien civilizations.

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From the perspective of the prime directive, were the humans in “Star Trek: Voyager” S02 E01 a pre-warp civilization?

In the Star Trek: Voyager “The 37’s” (S02 E01) the humans were aware of warp drive or at least interstellar travel. However, they descended from pre-warp humans and they themselves did not have warp ...
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Are there any canonical examples of the Prime Directive being broken that aren't shown on screen?

AFAIK all canonical examples of the prime directive being broken are only by a small number of captains and commanders, which happen to be the ones we're familiar with. Given how revered Picard and ...
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Did Picard violate the Prime Directive by visiting Rubicun III? [duplicate]

The Edo were described as a pre-warp civilization. So, wasn't this a violation of First Contact regulations? Rimmick brings up the Edo incident in the episode Coming of Age. But his charges were ...
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What is the moral justification for Starfleet's actions in S2E6?

In season 2, episode 6 "The Sound of Thunder", So how are the federation justified in It strikes me that:
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Does the Federation protect pre-warp societies from contact with other species? [duplicate]

The Prime Directive is a Federation concept that some others do not follow (I’m thinking Romulan, Klingon, Cardassian, possibly Ferengi). Whenever a Federation ship discovers a new pre-warp society ...
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Did Spock help create the gene pool for Sarpedion?

I was thinking about the Star Trek the original series episode "All Our Yesterdays", where the enterprise crew are thrust back in time to separate time-periods of the planet Sarpeidon. Spock went ...
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When did the Prime Directive come into law?

Tomorrow is Yesterday S01E19 breaks the rule of the Prime Directive by beaming the Air Force pilot on board and other aspects of him being on board. When did the Prime Directive first become a ...
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What's the big deal about the Prime Directive?

Why is the Prime Directive so important, when only Starfleet is bound by it? Private individuals and any non-Federation race or world can do whatever they please with respect to other worlds, ...
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Does using Ripper in Star Trek Discovery violate the prime directive?

The Prime Directive is ...a guiding principle of the United Federation of Planets prohibiting the protagonists from interfering with the internal development of alien civilizations. This is more ...
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Does the Prime Directive apply to Worf when he removes the leader of the Klingon Empire?

I was reading the Prime Directive article article on Memory Alpha and came upon an entry having to do with the Deep Space Nine episode "Tacking Into the Wind". In this episode, Worf (a Starfleet ...
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Has Worf broken the Prime Directive in Birthright?

In "Birthright", Worf encounters a "prison", what in fact became a community of Romulans and Klingons living in peaceful coexistance. What right does Worf have to impose his/Klingon way of life to ...
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In Star Trek why is warp speed the ultimate litmus test on "galactic acceptance" of a civilisation?

Why is warp speed and first contact seemingly the most important thing in the Star Trek universe for a civilisation to become "enlightened" and then utopic? For example, why couldn't the ...
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Did Captain Janeway violate the Prime Directive in the episode "Demon"?

In the episode "Demon", the crew of Voyager give their DNA to not only a pre-warp civilisation but a pre-sentient civilisation, changing the course of their natural evolution. This seems to me to be a ...
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Do the Q have rules comparable to Starfleet's Prime Directive? [duplicate]

They're obviously not opposed to messing with other races but do they place limits on their interference and/or interactions? We have witnessed Q (John de Lancie) change or alter many things for his ...
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Did Captain Janeway violate the Prime Directive by stealing a transwarp coil from the Borg?

Did Captain Janeway violate the Prime Directive by stealing the Borg transwarp coil in "Dark Frontier, part 1" since she and the Voyager crew have no right to steal from any species just for their own ...
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Data states that the Prime Directive only applies to starships, is that correct?

In the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Episode "Angel One" Data states that the prime directive only applies to starships, is that correct? And if the prime directive is in place why didn't they go ...
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How many times did Picard violate the prime directive on-screen?

The Prime Directive is Starfleet's general order number one regarding contact with new forms of life - as a rule, captains are not supposed to violate it, yet often they're forced into situations ...
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Has the Federation ever forced the Prime Directive on other species?

We all know that Starfleet officers follow the Prime Directive but are they duty bound to stop other races from interfering in other civilizations? If not, then what stops someone like the ...
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Is there a Second Directive?

Star Trek is famous for all of its episodes that have complications due to the 'Prime Directive'. The name itself, however, implies other directives though. Now, of course there are other directives,...
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Who is bound to the Prime Directive?

In the galaxy there are a fair number of pre-warp societies. A Federation ship is not to contact them. But what about other, non-Federation species? If for example a Ferengi ship passes by a pre-...
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Who created the Prime Directive?

Memory Alpha is rather scant on the details of the history of the Prime Directive: The fundamental principles were an important part of Earth Starfleet procedures as early as 2152, but it did not go ...
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Why is it considered taboo for a Federation citizen to live on a primitive world?

I understand the the Prime Directive strictly prohibits many things in regards to interference with other less technologically advanced cultures through artificial means. However, why does it seem to ...
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Temporal Prime Directive in ST: Voyager (spoiler) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why didn't the time cops try to stop Janeway when she traveled back in time to rescue Voyager? How come in Voyager there are many times when the ship and crew travel to a ...
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Do other species abide by the Prime Directive?

In Star Trek, the Prime Directive is Starfleet General Order 1. Does this mean it does not apply to other species? Can other Federation species openly visit primitive planets? More importantly, what ...
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Why does the Prime Directive not apply to Rubicun III?

In a first season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation the Enterprise visits a planet named Rubicun III where (according to Memory Alpha) the Edo live. It is often mentioned in Star Trek that ...
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Is the Prime Directive Limited to This Universe?

The Prime Directive seems to grow over time. Originally it seemed more focused on non-warp civilizations, but later it's also a reason to not interfere with internal events in the Klingon Empire. ...
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Was there an explicit catalyst event(s) that served as impetus for the creation of the Prime Directive?

Was there ever a mention of what specifically was the catalyst for the creation of Prime Directive? In other words, was the Directive merely a theoretical "this is the rules we want to live by" ...
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