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In [[2369]], while [[Keiko O'Brien]] was on leave on [[Earth]], [[Miles O'Brien]] took charge of her [[school]] on [[Deep Space 9]]. One of the [[homework]] projects he assigned to the older students was to write an essay defining what ethics is. Nog claimed [[Vulcan]]s had stolen his homework as they did not have ethics. ({{DS9|The Nagus}})
 
In [[2369]], while [[Keiko O'Brien]] was on leave on [[Earth]], [[Miles O'Brien]] took charge of her [[school]] on [[Deep Space 9]]. One of the [[homework]] projects he assigned to the older students was to write an essay defining what ethics is. Nog claimed [[Vulcan]]s had stolen his homework as they did not have ethics. ({{DS9|The Nagus}})
   
A unique set of ethical standards can be found in [[Vidiian]] society, where organs and tissue are routinely harvested from unsuspecting victims. Over the course of many years, this became routine practice because the [[Phage]] had ravaged the civilization so much that it was seen as necessary and people became desensitized to the phenomenon.
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A unique set of ethical standards can be found in [[Vidiian]] society, where organs and tissue are routinely harvested from unsuspecting victims. Over the course of many years, this became routine practice because the [[Phage]] had ravaged the civilization so much that it was seen as necessary and people became desensitized to the phenomenon. {{incite}}
   
In a similar but far less drastic turn of events, [[Cardassian]]s' sense of ethics was greatly affected by the fact that their world is poor in resources and at one point was unable to sustain its population. This gave way to a militaristic society that routinely conquered other worlds, such as [[Bajor]], for natural resources.
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In a similar but far less drastic turn of events, [[Cardassian]]s' sense of ethics was greatly affected by the fact that their world is poor in resources and at one point was unable to sustain its population. This gave way to a militaristic society that routinely conquered other worlds, such as [[Bajor]], for natural resources. {{incite}}
   
 
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Ethics is the study of morality. Every society has a different set of social values and mores that define what is ethical and what is not; in some cases, two cultures' ethics can be so radically different that conflict is inevitable. This article covers the variations in ethics between societies.

In general, the United Federation of Planets, and particularly Humans consider the preservation of life paramount to all other things.

The Ferengi value profit, and the ethical standards (or at times lack thereof) in their society reflect this. For example, when Quark was selling the vacuum-desecated remains of the entrepreneur Plegg, Odo found Plegg very much alive; rather than pressing charges or expressing outrage, Plegg found this amusing. (DS9: "Body Parts") One of the Rules of Acquisition states, "Treat people in your debt like family: exploit them."

In 2369, while Keiko O'Brien was on leave on Earth, Miles O'Brien took charge of her school on Deep Space 9. One of the homework projects he assigned to the older students was to write an essay defining what ethics is. Nog claimed Vulcans had stolen his homework as they did not have ethics. (DS9: "The Nagus")

A unique set of ethical standards can be found in Vidiian society, where organs and tissue are routinely harvested from unsuspecting victims. Over the course of many years, this became routine practice because the Phage had ravaged the civilization so much that it was seen as necessary and people became desensitized to the phenomenon. (citation needededit)

In a similar but far less drastic turn of events, Cardassians' sense of ethics was greatly affected by the fact that their world is poor in resources and at one point was unable to sustain its population. This gave way to a militaristic society that routinely conquered other worlds, such as Bajor, for natural resources. (citation needededit)

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