Glen congratulated himself. At the moment, it appeared like he was heading towards a successful mission. The feeling was rather short-lived as the Council’s speaker continued…
Again there was a pause before the UT picked up again, =/\= However, the other decision of this Council is we need to better evaluate how our presence in your stellar community and more would impact us and any alliances more deeply we would make. Please understand this is not a dim view of your people or presence, we simply are slow to make large scale changes without fully judging their impact in much longer terms given our extended life cycles to your own shorter lived races. =/\= She went on. =/\= Perhaps in 30....maybe 50 or more stellar cycles provided things which we previous mentioned have gone well we can revisit your offer of joining your Federation. Do you have any other questions, comments, or concerns?=/\= She asked.
=/\= I appreciate that you need time to evaluate and deliberate your decision =/\= replied. but 30 to 50 of their stellar cycles! he thought to himself, I’ll not be around that long!
The was little he could suggest further given the Alstaireans long extended life-spans and their general slowness and shyness to make changes, but he could offer one last idea.
=/\= it could be arranged for you to send a delegation of your lawmakers and diplomats to our Federation Council aboard one of our Starfleet ships if you wished. They could tour my planet of Earth and meet with our lawmakers and diplomats. They could see our Council in operation and experience the wide diversity of species, backgrounds, thoughts, cultures and religions that are represented? =/\= Glen suggested.
=/\= You would then be able to see for yourself our peaceful liberal democracy in operation. Despite the wide diversity, our members don’t fight one another because they all share the common norms of live and let live, and they have domestic institutions that constrain the recourse to wars and conflicts. =/\=
=/\= A visit to your governing facilities can be looked into within the coming local weeks or months. An appropriate exchange of information we feel would be critical to fulfill appropriate tours on both sides. We thank you once more Captain for your help and aide to our first FTL capable ship, finding our lost sleeper ship in orbit, and aiding us from an asteroid impact. For now till we can setup relay beacons for further communications to your people I believe here is a good spot to put things on hold. =/\= the council woman said.
It was a clear line to bid the landing party farewell, they had done mostly what they set out to do, and it was clear the Alstair Council was not about to budge into rapid decisions for their people. This was the way some diplomatic events happened as Glen no doubt knew, First Contact didn’t always mean a new member, usually it meant laying the floor plan for a second or third contact by others down the line.
With nothing else to be doing they may as well return to the Merrimack and see how the sleeper ship team was doing.
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