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I thought caste discrimination was banned by the Federation charter, and no planets with this discrimination were allowed to join. Bajor was almost disqualified in DS9: "Accession", when they almost reverted to the d'jarra system. If so, why is this planet a member of the Federation? I suggest that its because its the only planet that mines Zenite, and this must be important for the Federation, so its ignored in this case. zsingaya 19:22, 9 Jul 2005 (UTC)

Probably the only possible explaination, but it does'nt fit well with Roddenburry's Federation. Roddenburry federation (TOS and early TNG) was rather utopic, a near-perfect "country" with advanced ethics, no racism, no greed... DS9 made the UFP les "perfect", with corrupt admirals, unethic covert operations, and so on --rami
Also this case is not clean cut discrimination, the federation has evolved above a class system but that does not mean all members have, the people who examined that planet may not have realized exactly how the Trolites were repressed. Even the Stratos City Dwellers may not have been conscience of there actions. --TOSrules 03:54, 14 Oct 2005 (UTC)
My theory is that Ardana did not always have a caste system, but when it was accepted into the Federation was a totally egalitarian society. In the show the Troglites are a "conglomeration of inferior species", so they were probably refugees and immigrants. Over the years they developed an informal caste system. The word they used for these Troglites was a slang term, a bizzare shortnening of a Human term, which leads me to believe that the term is not written into any laws, only indirectly implied. --The Rev 16:05, 30 September 2006 (UTC)

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