Now we all know about giant robots with fantastic weapons that are formed from up to 5 (and in a rare case 15) smaller seperate components. These giant robots often have fantasstic devastating powers that can only be used while combined.
Do you think a set of five starships can be created for the purpose of fielding such a weapon? Just as you can hide a powerful giant robot in plain sight by bringing it in as not so obvious pieces, perhaps five starships could be developed with standard starship weapons and abilities. When their faction is pressed the starships could be combined into one powerful ship with several dreadnaughts worth of offensive power that can wipe out entire fleets.
And what sort of Starfleet/KDF treaties would such a ship skirt or violate?