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Join Date: Dec 2007
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# 27
02-07-2012, 02:16 AM
Originally Posted by Colonel_Taev View Post
The WWII analogy only works to an extent. The Wehrmacht surprised the Allies with new technologies and tactics, but the Allies still had a fairly strong military tradition to fall back on to help them catch up. There was a relatively short gap between the two world wars. In Star Trek, the Federation enjoyed nearly a century of peace, prior to the Dominion, that allowed their complacency and disfavourable attitude towards war and aggression to become a near-universal ethos amongst their worlds. Remember how much Picard and Riker scoffed at the uncivilised and barbaric exercise that was a Federation wargame?

The Federation and Starfleet took a completely defensive and reactionary stance when it came to warfare and aggression. Yes, their ships had weapons, but they also had families living on board their flagship. Sure, a Starfleet officer could pick up a phaser and defend himself if necessary, but the organisation as a whole had no concept of true ground combat tactics as graphically displayed in "the Siege of AR-588" (lucky for them, neither did the Jem'Hadar). So yes, between the end of Nemesis and the current timeline of STO, the Federation has been in a near constant state of both cold and hot war, but I don't feel that it has been quite long enough for the entirety of its peoples to have shaken off their century-old "high and mighty" (for lack of a better term) attitude towards war. Hence we do have some purely aggressive ship designs (most Escorts, some Cruisers), but I doubt a carrier is something they've given much thought to. And if they have, it's still only a blueprint.
That makes sense, a lot more than just saying Starfleet doesn't do warships.

What I'm saying is that the longer these wars go, the more Starfleet should realize that they don't have the luxury of just writing off the idea of warships. I would argue that they owe it to their men & women in uniform to give them whatever edge they can. With enemies like the Borg, you don't get to say "We don't do warships".