On a mission to establish diplomatic relations at Star Cluster NGC321, Kirk and Spock beam down to planet Eminiar 7 to learn that its inhabitants have been at war with a neighboring planet for over 500 years. They can find no damage nor evidence of destruction but soon learn that their war is essentially a war game, where each planet attacks the other in a computer simulation with the tabulated victims voluntarily surrendering themselves for execution after the fact. When the Enterprise becomes a victim in the computer simulation and ordered destroyed, Kirk decides it's time to show them exactly what war means. Written by
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The actions of the Enterprise crew seem to be violating the Federation's Prime Directive of non-interference in this episode. See more
When Ambassador Fox beams down it is implied that he beamed down on his own authority without Scotty (in charge) knowing about it. Seems that a bridge officer would have immediately known if a transporter was being used without authorization. See more
If I refuse to report, and other refuse, then Vendikar would have no choice but to launch real weapons. We would have to do the same to defend ourselves. More than people would die then. A whole civilization would be destroyed. Surely, you can see that ours is the better way.
Captain James T. Kirk
No. I don't see that at all.
Referenced in Star Trek: By Any Other Name
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Written by Alexander Courage See more