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.
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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. Also, the Ambassador was somehow able to beam down with the ship's shields up. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
Still, the Eminians keep a very orderly society, and actual war is a very messy business. A very, very messy business.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Generations
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