Questions tagged [prime-directive]

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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 Prime ...
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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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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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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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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 ...