even at its most optimistic liberal utopia half the episodes in star trek are about how the federation didn't fucking do their jobs checking some planet before the enterprise shows up and runs into trouble because of it.
Half the time the federation is involved with a planet they're fucking it up to the point of crisis, so that the Enterprise can save the day. That's where the jokes are coming from. Half of you imagine Star Trek as some ideal vision of the future but it's just pulp sci-fi adventure at the end of the day.
The Federation can't actually be a utopia or there would be no stories or conflicts to resolve. That said, the Federation shown by Picard and Discovery is straight up out of that TNG episode depicting an alternate universe Federation that was far more militarized and shitty.
Whether you like it or not, you can't argue that the Lower Decks writers haven't actually seen TNG. It's basically specifically a TNG love-letter.>>117538507
She got brig'd for insubordination at least once, this mary sue shit has already flown.