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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Delenn in particular tries to reason with Kirk to stand down by arguing that humanity is too advanced to be trusted with the technology they wield and should accept the 'guidance' of the Vorlons and the destruction of the 'local' Earth. Kirk refuses to countenance the destruction of this Earth and rejects the idea of accepting peace by condoning butchery.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Delenn in particular tries to reason with Kirk to stand down by arguing that humanity is too isn't advanced enough to be trusted with the technology they wield and should accept the 'guidance' of the Vorlons and the destruction of the 'local' Earth. Kirk refuses to countenance the destruction of this Earth and rejects the idea of accepting peace by condoning butchery. butchery, to say nothing of the Federation as a whole rejecting the idea that they abandon their dream of coming together with other races in exchange for the 'honour' of being slaves to the Vorlons.

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Also supplemental chapters can be found [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3248786/1/A-Thin-Veneer-supplements here]].

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* NoSell: When the ''Excelsior'' arrives in orbit of Earth, the ship is battered by nuclear missiles as part of a panicked attempt at defence before they realise that it's an unfamiliar vessel, and when the barrage ceases to reveal that the ''Excelsior'' is undamaged, Sulu nonchalantly hails Earth to ask if they've finished firing and 'politely' request that they not attack his ship again.


* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Delenn in particular tries to reason with Kirk to stand down by arguing that humanity is too advanced to be trusted with the technology they wield and should accept the 'guidance' of the Vorlons and the destruction of the 'local' Earth. Kirk refuses to countenance the destruction of this Earth and rejects the idea of accepting peace by condoning butchery.



* LadyOfWar: A hilarious CallBack to Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock, Uhura has become the captain of the USS Knowles, and the loud mouthed ensign from the transporter room who was more concerned with the [[CoolOldLady granny]] portion gets stepped on rather firmly when she reminds him of the [[TheCaptain badass]] part.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: When the Minbari learn that Kirk has been promoted to Admiral, they assume that this is solely because of his recent victory over their forces, when in reality Kirk has just been returned to a previously-lost rank as the closest thing Starfleet has to a genuine military commander based on his long experience.
* LadyOfWar: A hilarious CallBack to Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock, ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', Uhura has become the captain of the USS Knowles, and the loud mouthed ensign from the transporter room who was more concerned with the [[CoolOldLady granny]] portion gets stepped on rather firmly when she reminds him of the [[TheCaptain badass]] part.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: As part of the new Federation/Klingon alliance, Kor assures Kirk that he and other Klingons condemn Kurge's actions on Genesis and regret that Kirk lost his son in such a manner.

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* {{Understatement}}: When Sarek is talking with President Elizabeth Levy and she asks him what it's like living with a human, he acknowledges that it is fascinating and confesses "My logic is uncertain when it comes to she who is my wife", prompting President Levy to privately muse that, regardless of the limited time she has spent with the Vulcan, even a blind man could see that Sarek loves his wife.

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* IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance: A major weakness of the Minbari early in the conflict is that they constantly judge the Federation by their own standards, unable to conceive of the idea of the Federation as a mixture of species where all are treated as equals and assuming that the Federation's powerful ships require more regular maintenance than they actually do.

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* LadyOfWar: A hilarious CallBack to Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock, Uhura has become the captain of the USS Knowles, and the loud mouthed ensign from the transporter room who was more concerned with the [[CoolOldLady granny]] portion gets stepped on rather firmly when she reminds him of the [[TheCaptain badass]] part.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: A Starfleet commander wonders how far their morals have fallen when she almost destroys a refugee ship of telepaths wanting to escape the Psi-Corps' grasp. To be fair, they were acting very suspicious (because they didn't want to be sent back or treated as cannon fodder), but it still doesn't help matters.

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* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Discussed by Valeris and Kirk. The two converse about whether their involvement in the Earth-Minbari War constituted a violation of the Prime Directive. Kirk eventually states that the Prime Directive was "Not written with a finger of flame on the walls, 'Thou Shall Not Butt In'", and that sometimes there are moral imperatives more important than the written law, something Kirk is very familiar with.


* CultureClash: The races of Babylon 5 have a wide range of mixed reactions to the Federation, especially over the multi-species members of the Federation peacefully coexisting.
** The Minbari find alien coexistence and InterspeciesRomance utterly barbaric and disgusting. Certain racist members in the Earth Alliance such as William Clark derided Federation humans as "alien lovers." Generally the Babylon 5 races all wonder how a collective of countless alien races are able to work together without falling into racial strife and divisions.

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* CultureClash: The races of Babylon 5 have a wide range of mixed reactions to the Federation, especially Federation. Generally over the multi-species members of the Federation peacefully coexisting.
coexist without falling into racial strife and divisions.
** The Minbari find alien coexistence and concept of InterspeciesRomance is treated with a mixture of intrigue or outright disgust. The Minbari finds it utterly barbaric and disgusting. Certain racist members in the Earth Alliance such as William Clark derided Federation humans as "alien lovers." Generally the Babylon 5 races all wonder how a collective of countless alien races are able to work together without falling into racial strife and divisions.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Several on both sides of the war, but a notable example is a Minbari commander named Chaka. When he is first introduced, he is an arrogant, hotheaded bigot who is completely assured of the superiority of the Minbari and the barbarity of his opponents. After spending almost a month on the receiving end of Commander Acaltha's trolling and having the one sided battles rubbed in his face, he is still hotheaded, but starts to realize that the Federation may not be the barbarians that he had believed, and eventually [[spoiler: sacrifices his ship to protect Uhura's ship from the Ashen after a ceasefire is declared, partially to maintain the ceasefire, but also because he realized the Ashen were far more of a danger to his people than the Federation was. It was still an impulsive action spurred by anger, but not one fueled by his own arrogance.]]


* FakeUltimateHero: [[spoiler:William Clark is celebrated by the Earth Alliance public as a hero for sacrificing his life to save civilians on Titan, when in reality he was saving his own ass at the expense of others.]]

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* FakeUltimateHero: [[spoiler:William Clark is celebrated hailed by the Earth Alliance public as a hero for sacrificing his life to save civilians on Titan, when in reality he was saving his own ass at the expense of others.]]

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* AwakeningTheSleepingGiant: The Minbari's murder of twenty five million beings from several major nations in a Pearl Harbor-style attack on a Federation colony brings the Federation, Klingons and Gorn into the Earth/Minbari War with a vengeance.


* CultureClash: The races of Babylon 5 have a wide range of mixed reactions to the Federation, especially over the alien members of the Federation peacefully coexisting.

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* CultureClash: The races of Babylon 5 have a wide range of mixed reactions to the Federation, especially over the alien multi-species members of the Federation peacefully coexisting.

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