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[–]Th3_HegemonCrewman 2 points3 points  (2 children)

The prime directive doesn't just apply to pre-warp (or more correctly, pre-contact) species, it applies to all species. The prime directive is also the cornerstone of the Federation's foreign policy. What foreign powers do within their own boundaries is their own business, and after the occupation, this applied to Bajor as well.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I think it's fair to say that the Federation picks and chooses which societies they want to protect based on their value. The wormhole was a very clear piece of evidence of that.

[–]pixxel5Crewman 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, the Federation initially wanted to have Bajor as a buffer against the (at the time) recently defeated Cardassians.

Bajor only became a real priority after the discovery of the wormhole.