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People sometimes wonder how we as a species somehow evolved beyond our differences in culture and biodiversity to become a western-themed unified people that collectively joined into one nation with one goal, and dream that we as a species will do so with the natural progression of time.
And yet, every other species we've encountered in the stars is mostly unicultural and uniracial, barring extreme exceptions like Remans and Romulans built on millenia of control. We have 'black' Vulcans, sure, but the odd Tuvok does not a subspecies make. So why is it that we, Federation supreme we are, able to accomadate humans of vastly different racial and cultural makeups, AND unify with hundreds of other species across the galaxy, who in turn are mostly genetically similar to one another? Can we simply not see THEIR racial differences? Are we really just destined to find commonality and overcome our petty racial lines?
The answer is of course: No. Not just no, but hell no. EVERY race besides ours has had, in some point of their history, a planetary racial purge of all but one dominant ethnic group, and it is through this planetary unity that they were able to achieve FTL travel. All species are destined to compete racially before they achieve the unity of race needed to devote their cultures inwardly to star travel. Those that avoid this racial extermination often destroy themselves first by acheiving the technology to destroy each other and not the technology to unify themselves. Except we got lucky.
2. The events of World War III and the Eugenics War gave the species the tools to perfect genetic engineering through technology similar to our modern-day CRISPR. Khan Noonien Singh and his merry band of misfits were a prototype for the true perfection of the process, and 31 NGOs and thinktanks came together in the wake of the war with the now-banned technology, and decided that the divides of the human condition required genetic tampering to force out of the species through long-game engineering. These groups merged into many of the world recovery efforts, and injected drugs that altered the brain chemistry and physical inclinations of civilizations worldwide towards western ideals and basic white IQ levels. Not just cultures, but the biodiversity of humans were altered so that all humans held the mental intelligence and lack of racial mistrust that built most interplanetary species up to what they become. Genetic engineering for supermen came to be transformed into a superculture shift, so as to better allow interplanetary cooperation, at the expense of non-western cultural norms, and non-white mental identity. Over the course of 100 years, doubled with the arrival of Vulcans, Section 31 remade humanity and explicitly turned the human species into white western europeans in all but major physical appearances. The grand glorious dawn of human cooperation in the wake of total war was constructed by Section 31 (the collective name of this force) in a way that any modern SJW would revile in horror at, but it worked.
3. Since the federation has existed, member species too have been altered to fit the Federation existence over time, albeit with some cultural differences and the obvious genetic templates in check. The ban on genetic engineering as an explicit thing humans can do publicly and individually is to prevent the revelations of their collective genetic tampering, and also to avoid individualist movements in the greater collective. Genetic tampering on the black market is mostly filled with monkey on typewriter level hack work based on the perfected formula, and leads to Bashirs or basketcases. The latter is left as warnings to the collective, the former are usually scooped up quickly by Section 31.
tl;dr The Federation is based on ethno-nationalism and CRISPR technology taken to logical conclusions, with long-game Borg-style undertones, and for all our platitudes and dreams of Star Trek, humans aren't going to be able to cooperate like the Federation does unless we brainwash the species or we kill everyone until only one group remains. Jared Taylor was right.