This is a house rule I'm going to try the next few games. I'll put results & changes here as it comes clear how this is working out.
Please post if you see concern/comments/suggestions.
When Encountering a Non-Federation ship from the Space Deck, the Active Player may Trash any number of Maneuvers from Hand for +1 Diplomacy each.
This represents the ability to bribe other cultures with your tech, when you don't have the personnel to speak diplomacy for you. Of course, the Federation is above such temptation.