It was Starfleet, the duck blind and cloaked ship housing a holodeck.
I’ve always liked Insurrection. Compared to other Star Trek movies, and even other movies, it may seem a little soft shoe, but it’s artful, and has a lot of keen observations to make, as suggested.
Plus, I love the shuttle pursuit between Data and the team of Worf and Picard. And the way Anthony Zerbe reads the line, “File whatever protest you wish to. By the time you do this will all be done.” He says “this will all” so that it almost sounds like, “this war will,” so that its double meaning, as a threat, comes through. In effect, his Dougherty is the ultimate incarnation of the “bad admiral” in Star Trek.
I also acknowledge that there are things the movie is sloppy about, like the jokes. Or Riker’s “beard” that is clearly a fake beard, after Frakes shaved it off for scenes he probably regretted filming before finishing the bearded material.
But as a Picard experience, it’s another fine example, in the movies, of explaining him better than the series ever managed to. It’s really only in the movies where he’s allowed to be the definitive lead character. And Data is finally understood to be his Spock. Their relationship doesn’t really happen until the movies. Insurrection actually has the least for them to do together, which may be another reason, on a subconscious level, that it feels disappointing.