My question here is which viewpoint you would find most interesting for your protagonist to hold in your story. Say you have an arms race situation, or maybe a conflict between two civilizations that are horribly unequal in resources or technology, and your protagonist is a third party. What would be more interesting for you to write about? A protagonist that has a prime directive thing going on ala star trek, or direct aid or trade that changes the balance of power? What could be the far reaching consequences of either?
And finally, can you keep your own politics out of the story - or would you even want to?
Feel free to answer/ramble in the comments. If the question inspires a Flash Friday or something similar, feel free to link to your story in the comments and please link back to here on the applicable webpage.
Ready. Set. GO.