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02-28-2013, 10:38 AM
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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.
That's not what I'm arguing. Replicators would simply shift farmers from farming and goods produces from produce to resource gathering.
What I'm arguing against is STOLevianthan's assertion that it would be impossible to subjugate a planet with Replicators; Replicators require resources. Anybody with a higher resource capacity and higher rate of resource use will be able to subjugate a planet with those abilities at a lower level. Replicators don't make whatever you want for free. They merely shift around what work is necessary.
Sure, a planet could easily turn all resources on hand into weapons, but anybody that wants to take you over would quickly take out the facilities which generate the resources for your replicators. They'll go into seige warfare, run dry the weapons you were able to make with on hand resources and energy, and then occupy your planet. This already happened once. The planet was Bajor.