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For the ship, please see Sanction (starship).

A sanction was a type of action taken by a power against another power, usually as a pressure tool or punishment. The term could also refer to actions taken by governments or organizations against their own, to punish illegal actions.

During the negotions for the Coalition of Planets, in 2155, Tellarites pushed for trade sanctions against the Orions, which they claimed were pirating Tellarite freighters. A Coridan ambassador expressed his people's opposition to these sanctions. (ENT: "Demons")

In 2366, on Ansata terrorists took hostage Starfleet personel and subsequently demanded that the Federation levied an embargo and trade sanctions against Rutia IV. (TNG: "The High Ground")

By 2375, the Federation had ordered sanctions against the Son'a for more than one reason. As a result of sanctions, it was believed that they had stopped raiding planets for slaves. (Star Trek: Insurrection)

In 2372, amidst calls to reintroduce the D'jarra system on Bajor, Vedek Porta suggested sanctions, amongst them deportation, for those refusing to submit to the system. (DS9: "Accession")

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