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The U.S.S. Enterprise finds a crewless starship, the U.S.S.
Exeter, in orbit around the planet Omega IV. The boarding party from
the U.S.S. Enterprise contracts a virus that may have killed the
Exeter's crew, but the biosphere on Omega IV is found to contain
an immunity. The party is beamed to the surface.
There they discover Captain Tracey, the commander of the U.S.S.
Exeter. He has been violating the Federation's Prime Directive by
interfering in the politics of the natives, using his phaser to protect
the asian-like villagers, the Kohms, against the barbarian raiders, the
Yangs. Tracey demands that Kirk supply him with more phasers, which Kirk
refuses to do.
The Yangs capture the Kohms village and the U.S.S. Enterprise
crew learns that these people are possibly descendants of Earth's
Communist Chinese who left Earth in the last years of the 20th Century.
The Yangs mouth a distorted version of the United States Constitution,
which are their 'holy words' and which Kirk recites, gaining their
confidence. Prolonged exposure to the planet's atmosphere cures the
landing party and, with Captain Tracey under arrest, they return to the