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Riker was given a battlefield (provisional) promotion when Captain Picard first was assimilated. Thus, it wasn't considered quite as "permanent" as a regular promotion. Nonetheless, Starfleet realized there was a very distinct possibility that Picard would be unrecoverable, and if that had turned out to be the case, would have fully "approved" Riker's promotion after the Borg crisis was over. In that case, Riker's promotion would have stuck. (In fact, this is exactly what happened in some of the alternate realities seen in TNG: "Parallels".)

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