1. As has been demonstrated, yours isn't the largest fleet. And as others have noted, there's a huge difference between having X number of players on paper, and actually having all those people active - especially since plenty of folks are cancelling their subs now or letting them lapse.
Also, don't forget that some members of Fleet (Whatever) are most likely alternate characters of persons already in the fleet.
IM very proud of our fleey, hyperion alliance, 465 mark all active, and were getting ready to start our next fleet to keep us growing. Our fleet is active fun, and not full of idiots (we try to keep those out)
Ive found most fleets tend to lie a little about members lol , most members are inactive or alts , most fleets are more or less in the same state with nothing to do in STO. Ive also found the smaller fleets more friendly and helpful.
Ive gone through 3 fleets that said active and huge etc , yeah right , current fleet is nice and friendly and very helpful.
Im not lying about our numbers. Our recruiter pretty much recruits 24/7 whenver hes on hes looking for peeps, and booting anyone inactie for over 2 months. Were also more than helpful and kind, i take time out to help the lowe lvls all the time that need any help, weather its needing items or money. But having a big fleet is a pita. There are alot of fleet bank robbers out there, so no one except abouve a certin rank can withdraw, so with over 400 members we have to have people making bank runs for people alot. Our fleets been around since beta, same people from beta made sure to stay together and its been great.