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Are the Trekkies Ready for Peace with Myanmar? 06 Mar 2013 Weird & Wonderful | 4 comments

The Star Trek franchise is a multi-billion dollar international industry enjoyed in more than 100 countries. It has a Burmese hook.

Because of its global appeal, one of Star Trek’s main actors, Walter Koenig, came to Southeast Asia in 2007 and urged fans of the iconic sci-fi series to turn their wrath against Myanmar's military junta.

That was then. This is now. With reforms and changes transforming Myanmar (Burma), where do the Trekkies stand today?


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Koenig’s actions were understandable. He had visited Thailand and met with Myanmar refugees, some of whom suffered from physical injuries and disease. He publicly railed at the regime, as most would have if given the chance, and famously told junta members, “Don't Klingon to power.” Koenig’s actions generated widespread publicity and helped to spotlight the dire situation.

Has the Trekkie view changed?

But a lot has happened in Myanmar (Burma) since then, particularly in the last couple of years. How the Trekkies view the situation today is important.

The Trekkies take their cue from the intergalactic inclusiveness of Star Trek characters and are an international, interethnic, and interracial community. They espouse benevolent and humanitarian attitudes, and openly embrace all ethnicities and races—human and non-human, for that matter. These are the good guys.


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This is an influential community capable of spreading the word, good or bad, on a planetary scale. What they think about the new Myanmar can make a difference in how quickly the world accepts it.

An Ambassador to Myanmar?

Last year, the United States sent an ambassador to Myanmar for the first time in two decades after the long-isolated country released hundreds of political prisoners and introduced meaningful reforms. Other Western nations followed suit.

In 2267, Ambassador Robert Fox, a Federation ambassador aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, was sent on a diplomatic mission to establish contact with planet Eminiar VII. When Fox arrived and learned that Eminiar was embroiled in a bitter, 500-year-long war with neighboring planet, Vendikar, Fox didn’t fly away. He offered his services as mediator.

That’s the kind of bridge-building the Trekkies could offer Myanmar right now. Will Fox be beamed over?

Ambassador Robert Fox


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Outgoing Transmission to Trekkies:

SOS... To any and all space travelers passing within range of our planet: We are working hard to help this incredibly beautiful civilization and to rebuild its international image in support of its petition to join the Federation.

We can’t do this alone. Our number is now is only about five, representing various races, and this is a civilization of about 60 million, consisting of several enlightened cultures and indigenous populations.

The Klingon High Council, which you previously called an earthly “outpost of tyranny,” now has a reform-minded leader. In addition, a notable women loved by the nation’s historically subjugated indigenous populations now holds a seat on the High Council.

In essence, this is not the Klingon Empire you knew. It is still early in its evolution and problems remain, but engagement is needed to help guide enlightened leadership in the right direction.

Article 14, Section 31, of the United Earth Starfleet Charter makes allowances for certain rules to be bent during extraordinary times. We thereby request that United Earth Starfleet disengage weapons and set a course for Myanmar… maximum warp. And punch it!

Please bring olive branches, and a willingness to give the new government a Vulcan salute along with the time-honored greeting, “Live long and prosper!”

Engage and make it so.


For more on the weird and wonderful in Myanmar, check out the full list of blogs here.

What do the travelers say?

Mammoth, United Kingdom
March 11, 2013
Trekkies are all hyper smart for real, and want to help and embrace alien and foreigner cultures. My guess is, like others, they recognize practicalities rule at this tender stage, now its about putting the house more together before aiming phasers at those who trashed it
Asiatia79, United Kingdom
March 13, 2013
We've had phasers on kill, phasers on stun, so now maybe it's time to make with the comms and transporters.
taylor7, Thailand
March 26, 2013
trekkies will land in 2015, when election results come in, if goes well they will send the whole fleet is my guess! funny blog, good stuff!
kimpark67, Korea, Republic of
April 03, 2013
star trek is cool, but StarCraft is way cooler! Starcraft fans are younger so they are more forward looking not hung up on past stuff, come on myanmar! come up! join us!

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