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28th Apr '16 6:15:53 PM zarpaulus
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* The very first ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novel involves the technologically-primitive Medusans, who the Manticorans try to keep semi-isolated from modern tech, assisted by the fact the planet really doesn't have anything anyone wants (Apart from its location on a major trade/possible invasion route, and potent psychotropic drugs that work on both Medusans and humans). When the Peeps provide advanced breechloading rifled muskets to assorted nomadic tribes, carefully designed so that they could be replicated with existing Medusan technology, the Manticoran governor sadly accepts the Manticorans will probably have to provide similar weapons to the more civilized (and friendly) Medusan city-states so they can defend themselves.

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* The very first ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novel involves the technologically-primitive Medusans, who the Manticorans try to keep semi-isolated from modern tech, tech (traders can sell steel tools but nothing powered, for instance), assisted by the fact the planet really doesn't have anything anyone wants (Apart from its location on a major trade/possible invasion route, and potent psychotropic drugs that work on both Medusans and humans).route). When the Peeps provide advanced breechloading rifled muskets to assorted nomadic tribes, carefully designed so that they could be replicated with existing Medusan technology, the Manticoran governor sadly accepts the Manticorans will probably have to provide similar weapons to the more civilized (and friendly) Medusan city-states so they can defend themselves.
24th Apr '16 9:47:43 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** There's also one case in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' where Ben Sisko uses the Prime Directive as an excuse for not endorsing Kai Winn Adami as a candidate for First Minister of Bajor, stating that Starfleet regulations forbid him from becoming involved in internal political matters. Unstated is that he plain doesn't like her and wouldn't endorse her even if he ''could''.

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** There's also one case in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' where Ben Sisko uses the Prime Directive as an excuse for not endorsing Kai Winn Adami as a candidate for First Minister of Bajor, stating that Starfleet regulations forbid him from becoming involved in internal political matters. Unstated is that he plain doesn't like her and wouldn't endorse her even if he ''could''. In fact the core conflict for his character in the early seasons was that he was both forbidden to interfere in their internal affairs while ''also'' acting as the emissary for their gods at said gods' request.
24th Apr '16 9:39:30 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** There are also at least two rules which override the Prime Directive: the Temporal Prime Directive (prevent/reverse [[TimeTravel changes to the timestream]]) and the top-secret Omega Directive (prevent anyone from learning of or producing the Omega molecule, which destroys {{Subspace|OrHyperspace}}).

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** There are also at least two rules which override the Prime Directive: the Temporal Prime Directive (prevent/reverse [[TimeTravel changes to the timestream]]) and the top-secret Omega Directive (prevent anyone from learning of or producing the Omega molecule, which destroys {{Subspace|OrHyperspace}}). The Temporal Prime Directive doesn't even exist yet; time travelers from the future have mentioned it, but the "current time" of the Next Generation-Voyager era has a whole rat's nest of (almost completely unenforceable) rules instead that the main characters routinely ignore.
4th Apr '16 3:10:07 PM AnotherGuy
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* ''Film/{{Superman}}: Jor-El warns Kal-El it's forbidden to interfere with human history. That becomes a PlotPoint later in the film.

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* ''Film/{{Superman}}: ''Film/{{Superman}}'': Jor-El warns Kal-El it's forbidden to interfere with human history. That becomes a PlotPoint later in the film.
4th Apr '16 3:09:44 PM AnotherGuy
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* ''Film/{{Superman}}: Jor-El warns Kal-El it's forbidden to interfere with human history. That becomes a PlotPoint later in the film.
31st Mar '16 5:50:52 PM dy031101
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* In the upcoming MMO StarCitizen, the United Empire of Earth has passed the Fair Chance Act, which prohibits hostile terraforming, mining, or most other forms of Human intervention on any planet with indigenous life of reasonable potential to develop sentience within space discovered and subsequently incoporated into the UEE, prior to the events of the game. Violators can face everything up to and including the might of UEE's military forces.

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* In the upcoming MMO StarCitizen, the United Empire of Earth has passed the Fair Chance Act, which prohibits hostile terraforming, mining, or most other forms of Human intervention on any planet with indigenous life of reasonable potential to develop sentience within space discovered and subsequently incoporated into the UEE, prior to the events of the game. Violators can face everything up to and including the might of UEE's military forces. Unfortunately, as the UEE becomes overextended over time, universal enforcement of the act proves difficult.
15th Mar '16 2:00:27 AM Tron80
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* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''
** By the time of the trilogy, the Valar could be said to have taken up a style of this similar to the Ellimist and Crayak: They tried to fight [[BigBad Morgoth]] directly, and the results were [[Literature/TheSilmarillion not pretty for Arda]]. They (and the related Maiar) are not exactly hiding, though; there are plenty of people in Middle-Earth (Galadriel, for example) who have personally met the Valar, Gandalf ''is'' a Maia, and Elrond is descended from one.

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* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''
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** By the time of ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings the trilogy, trilogy]]'', the Valar could be said to have taken up a style of this similar to the Ellimist and Crayak: They tried to fight [[BigBad Morgoth]] directly, and the results were [[Literature/TheSilmarillion ''[[Literature/TheSilmarillion not pretty for Arda]].Arda]]''. They (and the related Maiar) are not exactly hiding, though; there are plenty of people in Middle-Earth (Galadriel, for example) who have personally met the Valar, Gandalf ''is'' a Maia, and Elrond is descended from one.
10th Feb '16 3:12:09 PM StarSword
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** In ''Fanfic/TheWrongReflection'' Captain Kanril Eleya invokes the Prime Directive as a reason why she can't tell the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance how to build a cloaking device (that and the fact that, per ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''[='s=] backstory, it would probably violate standing orders from the President). However, she does decide that she can even the odds and tell them how to ''defeat'' the Terran Empire's cloaking devices.

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** In ''Fanfic/TheWrongReflection'' Captain Kanril Eleya invokes the Prime Directive as a reason why she can't tell the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance how to build a cloaking device (that and the fact that, per ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''[='s=] backstory, it would probably violate standing orders from the President). However, she does decide that she can even the odds and tell them how to ''defeat'' the Terran Empire's cloaking devices.devices, which they had acquired via third-party interference from the prime universe.
10th Feb '16 1:49:40 AM ElectricBoogaloo
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* This is a kinda spoilerific plot point in ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient''. After [[spoiler:Hilmuka]] is revealed to be a HumanAlien from a sort of galaxy-spanning policing entity with a very Star Trek-esque non-interference directive, the story shows a bit of her struggle to help the people of Arst overthrow its EvilOverlord while fending off her ObstructiveBureaucrat colleagues. Conversely, [[spoiler:Mardarl, said EvilOverlord,]] is also an alien from a similar civilization, but he could not care less about fucking up other planets in order to achieve his goals.
7th Feb '16 9:27:12 PM ShorinBJ
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* Iain M. Banks' ''Literature/TheCulture'' novels are basically a reaction against the silliness of the Prime Directive. The Culture, especially its exploratory organisation Contact, see it as their moral duty to make other civilisations (usually those less advanced) more like the Culture (and by implication, statistically better and happier). It usually takes the form of making sure the right rulers stay alive long enough to make their world a better place; whether through alien medicine or impossibly proficient bodyguards and armies. There are factions within the Culture who feel that this practice is wrong, resulting in diaspora like the Peace Faction (who believe in pacifistic non-interaction) and the Elench (who believe that they should be the ones changed by alien planets, not the other way round). And this doesn't even count the actions of Contact's darker cousin, Special Circumstances.

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* Iain M. Banks' ''Literature/TheCulture'' novels are basically a reaction against the silliness of the Prime Directive. The Culture, especially its exploratory organisation Contact, see it as their moral duty to make other civilisations civilizations (usually those less advanced) more like the Culture (and by implication, statistically better and happier). It usually takes the form of making sure the right rulers stay alive long enough to make their world a better place; whether through alien medicine or impossibly proficient bodyguards and armies. There are factions within the Culture who feel that this practice is wrong, resulting in diaspora like the Peace Faction (who believe in pacifistic non-interaction) and the Elench (who believe that they should be the ones changed by alien planets, not the other way round). And this doesn't even count the actions of Contact's darker cousin, Special Circumstances.



** The Tau'ri (Earth humans) reject it and hold it as their duty to help humans and less advanced, non-hostile races on other worlds, usually from aggressive and more powerful enemies who seek to either enslave or destroy them. Whilst they will gladly offer beneficial industrial or medical technology to their allies, they (generally) draw the line at giving up advanced military technology, especially when it's obvious that doing so would be detrimental either to their civilisation or give their allies an unfair advantage over other foreign powers present on their world. It helps that the "aliens" are usually TransplantedHumans and not technically a different species.

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** The Tau'ri (Earth humans) reject it and hold it as their duty to help humans and less advanced, non-hostile races on other worlds, usually from aggressive and more powerful enemies who seek to either enslave or destroy them. Whilst they will gladly offer beneficial industrial or medical technology to their allies, they (generally) draw the line at giving up advanced military technology, especially when it's obvious that doing so would be detrimental either to their civilisation civilization or give their allies an unfair advantage over other foreign powers present on their world. It helps that the "aliens" are usually TransplantedHumans and not technically a different species.



** In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', a coalition of various Pegasus Galaxy civilisations ''wish'' that the Tau'ri had one of these. They capture the Atlantis team to put HumanityOnTrial over the sheer amount of death and destruction that has occurred ever since they showed up. Mostly because they were doing just fine with the "get culled every few centuries" thing and the Atlantis team bumped that date up by a considerable amount, ruining all their lives.

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** In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', a coalition of various Pegasus Galaxy civilisations civilizations ''wish'' that the Tau'ri had one of these. They capture the Atlantis team to put HumanityOnTrial over the sheer amount of death and destruction that has occurred ever since they showed up. Mostly because they were doing just fine with the "get culled every few centuries" thing and the Atlantis team bumped that date up by a considerable amount, ruining all their lives.



* {{Deconstructed|Trope}} (as part of an extended TakeThat against Trek in general) in ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger''. The [[http://rhjunior.com/QQSR/QQSR0000.html#Comic=29 "First Law"]] is pointed out to have been written to keep con artists from starting {{cargo cult}}s... not to ignore when a civilisation is to be eaten by an alien probe, just because they haven't mastered FTL yet. Unfortunately, this is all pointed out by [[CreatorsPet the Wesley]] of the crew, who (despite basically being the only person onboard with half a brain) is promptly told to shut up about halfway through his explanation. [[http://rhjunior.com/QQSR/QQSR0000.html#Comic=116 In a later arc]] the hero's government convicts the Picard-parody of eight million counts of negligent homicide for refusing to divert a comet that wiped out a bronze age civilization he and his ship were observing. The judges even go so far as to call the Federation's policies "racist".

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* {{Deconstructed|Trope}} (as part of an extended TakeThat against Trek in general) in ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger''. The [[http://rhjunior.com/QQSR/QQSR0000.html#Comic=29 "First Law"]] is pointed out to have been written to keep con artists from starting {{cargo cult}}s... not to ignore when a civilisation civilization is to be eaten by an alien probe, just because they haven't mastered FTL yet. Unfortunately, this is all pointed out by [[CreatorsPet the Wesley]] of the crew, who (despite basically being the only person onboard with half a brain) is promptly told to shut up about halfway through his explanation. [[http://rhjunior.com/QQSR/QQSR0000.html#Comic=116 In a later arc]] the hero's government convicts the Picard-parody of eight million counts of negligent homicide for refusing to divert a comet that wiped out a bronze age civilization he and his ship were observing. The judges even go so far as to call the Federation's policies "racist".
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