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Locutus of Borg
'Star Trek: The Next Generation'

Documents from a lawsuit by a Star Trek fan against the Manitoba offiicals who revoked his personalized license plate show a senior official threatened "serious disciplinary action" against those who issued the plate. Nick Troller got the plate which read "ASIMIL8," a reference to Star Trek's Borg, in 2015. In 2017, a person filed a complaint saying the plate was insensitive because of past government actions trying to force Native Americans to assimilate. The plate was approved by a five-person committee, which searched the Internet for any hidden meanings but apparently never made any connection to government policies toward natives.