The Romulan Republic wrote:Here we go again with the Federation is a communist dictatorship shit.
The Federation may not practice the free market, but their are no gulags and no secret police keeping everyone in line. If it is communist, it is arguably employing a form of communism more benevolent and effective than any ever seen on Earth.
Also, while I don't deny for an instant that the Federation has made some serious mistakes, there is a long way between the things you mentioned and the kind of mass genocide and slavery Palpatine's Empire practiced. Are you seriously telling me you think someone like Picard would not take issue with that?
And the idea that Seven of Nine's freedom of choice was taken is highly dubious. I presume you're using the same reasoning about her not being allowed to be a Borg as the SFDebris reviews. Well, let's see: she was taken as a young child and has scarcely known any life outside of the Borg. The term "brainwashed" comes to mind.
In any case, if Seven did genuinely wish to return to the Borg, remaining loyal to them, the Federation would be utterly within its rights to hold her as a prisoner of war, given that the Borg collective are enemies of the Federation. And to sever her connection with the collective to keep her from communicating with enemy leadership.
And as for the idea of the Federation liking COMPNOR or Human High Culture (an organization and term which, to the best of my knowledge, are confined to the old EU and are thus non-canon now), the Federation has no secret police (unless you count Section 31, but they don't seem to engage in day to day oppression of Federation citizens) and is a multicultural society with aliens in positions of power.
None of this I disagree with, but then again I am extrapolating from specific examples. We don't KNOW that much about federation culture at all! From what we do know, (ST: Insurrection, the Pegasus Episode, and that one crazy capaint on a one man war vs the cardassians comes to mind) that there are some nasty characters embedded in Starfleet high command. Picard is the idealized version of what Starfleet SHOULD be, not what it IS. All I am saying is that the Starfleet high command may rationalize away the nasty bits that the empire engaged in in order to partake in a deal that will allow them to secure the Federation against ALL comers (such as the borg). Hell i've seen it argued on THIS site that the empire was justified in destroying Alderaan because they were aiding the rebellion and so on.