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# 103
02-28-2013, 11:30 AM
Originally Posted by atatassault View Post
If the Federation was really post-scarcity, they could just build giant replicators, churn out as many ships as they need to kick whoever's ass and be done with it.
That assumes that their limitation is on replicable hardware, as opposed to, say, crew or antimatter generation, or whatever else.

Second, I think this is a very particular, and meaningless, definition of post-scarcity. Scarcity is simply the state of having finite resources, but it's not at all clear that it's possible to have infinite resources according to the laws of physics as we know them. It's not clear that it is in fact possible to be post-scarcity, by that 'hard' definition of the term.

It is certainly possible, however, to define "post-scarcity" as being a point where people's basic needs are met for everyone, and that does seem to be where the Federation exists.