FaxModem1 wrote:Ignoring the little cul-de-sac we went on about the Federation's government, it would be best for the Federation to avoid dealing with the Empire, and do what it can to prevent dealings with them. Considering we went to open war with them, and they invaded us, and the only reason that we're not at war now is due to Organian intervention, it might be best to pursue other options by again, trying to support the Rebellion in any way possible, and opening up trade with the more reasonable governments in the Star Wars galaxy.
Offering asylum to Rebellion ships if they enter our space would, if nothing else, improve their odds if they're able to get onto our side of the wormhole. In return for their gratitude, I'm sure they'll be willing to help us with the technological gap and give us a leg up, as we would be natural allies.
Nitpick: the federation government was never meant to be a 'communist dictatorship', it was meant to be the theoretical post-dictatorship communist paradise that resulted when dictatorship was no longer REQUIRED and people just were good little citizens because they WANTED to be. Hence some of the wierdness (some would say idealism) of how ST characters act from our perspectives.