Moved to AR, where it belongs
For the seventh time since First Contact occurred, during the Apollo 12 mission in 1970, the Vulcan Academy of Sciences Interplanetary Review Board has rejected Earth’s application to join the United Federation of Planets.
Why the Vulcan IRB and not the UFP Senate? Well it turns out that this role was first given to the academy as a compromise between factions within the UFP, because of the Vulcan Academy’s moral rectitude, support of logic, and attention to detail.
Enraged home rocket scientist – they’re a bunch of fusty old farts. I could have got my moon rocket up to Warp 1.1 if they’d sell me the Dilithium.
In defense of the ruling, interplanetary lawyer xy said,
Pundits may joke that all that’s at stake is whether or not we sit at the judges table during intra-galactic dance contests, but could there be more in play, like trade in Dilithium Crystals, and flux capacitors?”
“Don’t forget warp conduits. Yes there’s more at stake. And there’s not. What I mean is that interplanetary trade is huge on Earth, and growing like gangbusters. But in terms of trade, its all personal, and in terms of inter-planetary trade, its all about the Ferengi’s not whether Earth sends a hologram to the United Federation of Planets plenary session and signs some statement. The galaxy is a big place, pal, that’s what why everything has to be personal.”