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Could the Klingon Second Officer of the Pagh have killed Riker with no Federation reprisals?

Ultimately, yes. Peace was too important. The alliance between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire, which began with the Khitomer Accord of 2293 (the result of Star Trek VI: The ...
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Why didn't the Federation ever replace the Cardassian systems with their own on Deep Space Nine?

There are a few reasons we can intuit. DS9 isn't a Federation starbase, it's technically Bajoran. Starfleet was focused on getting it to work, and only replaced the essential systems. They weren't ...
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Did the Klingons join the Federation?

The Klingon Empire appears to have been intended to be a member of the Federation in TNG; however, in Season 3 the writers ret-conned that idea to allow them to be aggressors again. This is a screen ...
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Does the Federation have the equivalent of Miranda rights?

Contrary to what you may think from watching TV, police officers are not required to issue the Miranda warning at the time of arrest; only before beginning an interrogation. The duty to warn only ...
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Does the Federation have anything resembling intellectual property laws or agreements?

As User22484 notes in his comment, the issue of authorial rights is dealt with in the Voyager episode Author, Author. In short; Authors have a right to determine how truly original works of art or ...
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What is the largest ship in the Star Trek Universe?

The largest Starfleet starship to appear anywhere on screen is the upgraded Enterprise-J briefly seen in the episode "Azati Prime". It's described as being "almost 2 miles" in length (i.e. 3.2 ...
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Did the Klingons join the Federation?

My answer is isomorphic to that of @Himarm in some parts, but differs in others. My answer also begins with: The Klingon Empire appears to have been intended to be a member of the Federation in ...
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Why didn't the Federation ever replace the Cardassian systems with their own on Deep Space Nine?

They were replacing the Cardassian components. Or if they couldn't replace them, at least making sure that they conformed to Federation standards. ILORA: But these relays don't have nearly as much ...
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Has any planet accepted into the United Federation of Planets left after technology was shared?

In canon, no planet has ever scammed the UFP in that way because, as you pointed out, the application process is very thorough and lengthy. The UFP can spend years or decades thoroughly reviewing a ...
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What is the bloodiest war in the Star Trek universe involving the UFP?

The Dominion War - Over 1 billion Nearly a billion Cardassians and an unknown (but high) number of Federation citizens, Klingons, Romulans, Jem Hadar and Breens died in the Dominion war. For the ...
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What word describes organisations like the Federation, Klingon Empire, and Dominion in Star Trek?

In DS9: The Search (Part 2), the fake Admiral Alynna Nechayev refers to the groupings in the Alpha Quadrant as "Alliances": NECHAYEV: They're already meeting with representatives from the ...
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Why is Federation Space divided?

The reason why your map makes it look like the Federation is split in two is because you're viewing a single slice of a three dimensional object. Although the charts seen in the Star Trek EU are ...
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Since human lives are more valuable, why doesn't the Federation replace their Starfleet crews with mostly holograms?

In short, the EMH is not "just as competent as a human doctor", at least not until he's had a chance to go beyond his original programming. In the earlier episodes his lack of bedside manner,...
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Why does the Federation prefer mainly space-borne starships?

Why doesn't the modern navy make more of its ships amphibious? @Varlock hit the nail on the head. Making a ship amphibious isn't just a matter of putting wheels on it. It also must be able to not ...
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How do ordinary citizens get around the Federation?

I think we can immediately dismiss your third suggestion, that interplanetary travel is limited. We do see civilians occasionally discussing vacation plans to go to other planets, or specifically not ...
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Cat person in Star Trek crew animated series

Yes, the species' name is Caitian According to the wikia, they are a member of the Federation and has been serving in the Starfleet in: Star Trek: The Animated Series (Lieutenant M'Ress, the one you ...
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Does Starfleet still rate personnel on ESP?

At least one other individual was assessed for some sort of ESP rating, the Betazoid telepath Tam Elbrun. PICARD (V.O.): My immediate concern is with Tam Elbrun. Starfleet considers his unique ...
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What are the benefits and obligations of a world that joins the Federation?

The two main benefits of the Federation are Military Starfleet is a formidable force, with most of its starships capable of posing a threat to almost anything in the Alpha quadrant. In this way, ...
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What is the largest ship in the Star Trek Universe?

The generation ship (spoilers) in For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky is listed as being: Since the plot involves changing the course of the asteroid, I would say that that qualifies ...
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Do Starfleet regulations and general orders apply to non-Starfleet Federation citizens?

Most of us think of Prime Directive as just prohibition of interference with less developed society. But fact is that Prime Directive is a doctrine of total non-interference with the affairs of other ...
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Can a Federation colony become a member world?

According to the Star Trek: Star Charts factbook, there are several colony worlds that are full members of the Federation including Deneb V, Rigel X and Cestus III. We should also mention that there ...
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Are Starfleet and the Federation distinct entities? Why does Saru say they are?

The Federation and Starfleet are two separate entities. The Federation is a civilian government and a democracy that unites several planets under a singular banner (a similar concept is the European ...
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How do ordinary citizens get around the Federation?

There are civilian ships with warp capability that operate within Federation controlled space. For example, the civilian freighter Odin from TNG episode Angel One. Cassidy Yates (DS9) is a human ...
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Has the Federation ever destroyed a planet?

No. The closest the Federation has come was when Sisko poisoned the atmosphere of a Maquis settlement with four hundred kilograms of tricobalt resin, making it uninhabitable to Humans but not to ...
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Can a private citizen of the Federation legally obtain a starship?

You can obtain a Federation-made ship for research purposes from non-Starfleet organizations. The Voyager episode Dark Frontier shows a series of flashbacks giving the back story of Seven's parents. ...
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What is the largest ship in the Star Trek Universe?

Seems to me that the The Doomsday Machine of TOS is a contender here. Commodore Decker, from the first ship to be mauled by it, says: "Miles long, with a maw that could swallow a dozen starships," ...
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Did the Klingons join the Federation?

Adding to existing answers, Klingons DO join the Federation sometime in the future (before or during the 26th Century). In the "Azati Prime" episode of Enterprise, Temporal Agent Daniels ...
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Why is it considered taboo for a Federation citizen to live on a primitive world?

Sooner or later someone will probably notice that Nikolai Rozhenko is not really Boraalan. That alone could pollute a primitive culture let alone the damage that what he says or does could do. For ...
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What are the fastest Federation ships in the 23rd and 24th century?

According to Memory Alpha, the fastest production starship in the Federation is the USS Prometheus (Prometheus class) Topping out at a blazing warp 9.99 The fastest one-off Runabout would probably be ...
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