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In the Star Trek universe, Starfleet is the interstellar fleet of ships and personnel maintained by the United Federation of Planets. Use this with the [star-trek] tag.

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In DS9: Paradise Lost, why is a vice admiral in charge of Starfleet?

In the Deep Space 9 episode, Paradise Lost (S04E12): Why is Leyton considered the "head of Starfleet"? He is wearing a 3-pip admiral insignia, which is vice admiral, a solid two ranks ...
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How does command get transferred on a Starfleet vessel as officers come onto or leave the bridge?

Say that an ensign has the conn during a night shift and the captain walks onto the bridge in passing, perhaps to go to the ready room to read a report. Does the captain briefly assume command simply ...
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Why does Starfleet use human-designed ships?

Why do all Starfleet ships appear to be designed by humans? The Vulcan ship which appears at the end of Star Trek: First Contact is obviously way in advance of what Cochrane has built, and even by the ...
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Does Star Fleet make accommodations for alien crew members?

In the Star Trek universe, alien species are frequently seen working alongside humans, both aboard starships and Federation outposts. Memory Alpha lists close to 50 species that have been established ...
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Why is Starfleet HQ in San Francisco?

San Francisco seems an odd choice for Starfleet Headquarters to me, especially within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge. It's such a densely populated area, I would figure that it's one of the last ...
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Is Starfleet a military or civilian organization?

If they are civilian in the common sense, why then do they wear military style uniforms, have a military hierarchical command and military rank structures; have a Starfleet Command and a Starfleet ...
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Do private intelligence agencies exist?

I'm not asking: If agencies like the CIA and NSA still exist? What's Section 31? About the intelligence agencies of other alien species. Consider what Sloan said: Sloan: We don't submit reports or ...
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Why is Picard *requested* and required to give up command to Jellico?

In TNG "chain of command" part 1, when Picard transfers command of the Enterprise to Jellico, he reads the order and states that he is requested and required to give up command. Why the &...
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Are there any mercenaries that were former Starfleet personnel?

Perhaps after the Dominion War? Would Seven of Nine, by Star Trek: Picard time, be a mercenary?
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Does Starfleet have their own SEAL Team Six?

Does Starfleet have a special unit to carry out black ops missions, counter terrorism, hostage rescue, and special reconnaissance? I don't see Section 31 doing missions like this, S31 seems more like ...
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When did Starfleet use stasis pods?

From Star Trek Voyager: The Thaw JANEWAY: Could it be generating an artificial environment of some sort? KES: Artificial environment? JANEWAY: Years ago, Starfleet used a technology to assist deep ...
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How are top-ranking Starfleet officers appointed/elected?

If fleet admiral is the highest rank that a Starfleet officer can reach, which is seems to be, can a fleet admiral promote someone else to their own rank? Otherwise, who appoints/promotes people to ...
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Is there an official process to remove a high-ranking Starfleet officer for misconduct?

In DS9's Paradise Lost episode (season 04, episode 12), the plot is heavy with Starfleet intrigue: Sisko discovers that Admiral Leyton is plotting to take over control of Earth and put it under a ...
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Are Starfleet and the Federation distinct entities? Why does Saru say they are?

In the "captain's log" exposition of Discovery Season Three episode five, Saru says "Federation and Starfleet headquarters: Separate entities that must now abide together." What is ...
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Was Spock the First Vulcan in Starfleet?

The idea that Spock was the first Vulcan in Starfleet seems to be a bit of common cultural knowledge with little or no foundation. The StarTrek.com biography states; Because the young Vulcan chose ...
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Do Starfleet regulations and general orders apply to non-Starfleet Federation citizens?

While preparing an answer to this question, I started to wonder if Starfleet regulations apply to non-Starfleet Federation citizens. I am aware that during its 50+ years, the terms "Starfleet" and "...
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Why is Guinan allowed to have a non-Starfleet issued rifle?

In the Star Trek TNG episode: Night Terrors, we see Guinan using a rifle in order to break up a brawl at Ten Forward: In a hilarious piece of dialog she immediately admits that this rifle is not ...
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When were female captains banned from Starfleet?

In the TOS episode Turnabout Intruder, a woman who wants to be a Starfleet captain states that "Your world of starship captains doesn't admit women. It isn't fair." Kirk agrees with her that it ...
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Could Starfleet make first contact with pre-warp exploratory species?

First contact restrictions revolve around an ability to construct ships. But is Starfleet prevented from contacting a civilization which could reach other worlds without ships? Simply, can starfleet ...
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How much of Earth's population is dedicated to working for, or at, Starfleet?

I'm sure Starfleet isn't Earth's only employer, but it has to be a major part of Earth's economic structure. Is there a canon estimate of just how much of Earth's population is dedicated to working ...
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Who was the first full-blooded alien to join Starfleet and be assigned to a spaceship?

Having not seen much of Star Trek: Enterprise, and not being certain if Stafleet proper was officially even founded at the time of those events (uncertain as to whether it was Earth exploration pre-...
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What's the command structure at the top of Starfleet?

We seem to meet an awful lot of mostly non-recurring admirals. What's the command structure at the top of Starfleet? Does Starfleet report to a Commander-in-Chief? Is the Federation Council ...
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Why don't Starfleet captains force other Starfleet ships to lower their shields every time they fight?

Based on the episode The Wounded a Starfleet captain has access to prefix numbers that allow a captain to remotely lower the shields of another Starfleet vessel, even when the legitimate captain is ...
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Why does Jadzia Dax wear a science uniform (during the war)?

During the Federation-Dominion war, we see Jadzia being very engaged in the conflict. She is also taking up new roles, e.g. acting as helmsman of the Jem'Hadar attack ship. Was she still technically ...
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Does USS imply a Starfleet vessel?

Does the “USS” in “USS Enterprise” imply that this is a Starfleet starship? I.e., that it’s under quasi-military or government (or whatever you consider Starfleet to be) command rather than purely ...
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How old was Peter Preston when he entered Starfleet Academy?

In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Admiral Kirk inspecting the Enterprise briefly talks to a young looking person. KIRK: Ah. And who do we have here? PRESTON: Midshipman First Class Peter ...
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Since human lives are more valuable, why doesn't the Federation replace their Starfleet crews with mostly holograms?

The Doctor on Voyager is a hologram. He is just as competent as the human doctors on other starships. In fact, I would argue that the hologram Doctor is even more competent than the humans, as he was ...
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How does Starfleet maintain staff morale given that there is no salary difference between the top and bottom person? [duplicate]

Money does not exist in the Star Trek world. Therefore, you cannot reward Starfleet staff with bonuses and money. I cannot imagine how this will work today on any company staffed by humans. Suppose ...
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Why is Star Fleet located in Cailfornia [duplicate]

Why is Star fleet headquarters in San Francisco California, instead of New York city or Lyon France ? United Nations or Interpol represent international functions somewhat reflective of the ...
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Has the autodestruct sequence ever not been aborted on a Starfleet vessel?

I remember the autodestruct being initiated many times, but always being aborted at almost the last possible second. Obviously, Captains Kirk, Picard, Janeway never went all the way to destruct, but ...
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Can Starfleet personnel be fired?

In "The Apple", Kirk threatens to "fire" Scotty. Does that mean that within the early days of Starfleet that being 'court-martialled' was only a term for being brought before the "big boss" or Human ...