Did they forget what the Federation is!!!!!!!!! The Federation isn't about having heavy defense or making heavy armed ships! It's about making peace with other lifeforms, to expand its freedom to others to join them in the way of peace. HEY don't you remember that the Federation doesn't believe in war ships and don't you say this ship isn't because it is! So much for you saying the Federation is on a mission of peace. I mean yea there was the Defiant class which is a war ship but they made it for the Borg and man imagine what it could do to a borg cube! They used it in the Domienan War because they needed a fast small ship, you didn't see the Federation go and start making new ships did you? At this point there is no war going on and what I've seen here it looks like there gonna make the Federation go to war with the Klingon Empire, WHAT!?!?!?!?!?! Last time I checked they were both fine I mean they both fought in the last battle of The Domienan War and trust me that makes the Federation and The Klingon Empires like brothers. There was no sign that thy were gonna go to war! DON'T YOU GET THAT CRYPTIC!!!! When I first came here I was like Awesome this seems like it's gonna be a fun game but than you guys kept changing all the Ships and Story lines and well you guys are CHANGING STAR TREK which just crosses the line for me. I hope that other people realize that too. I'm gonna buy the game but just to see what they have changed. I know that none of this stuff effects the Star Trek Time line but still YOU HAVE NO RIGHT!!!! This will probably be one of my last posts on here until the game comes out.
Well, to believe that the Federation does not need warships is just plain stupid. They are on a peace mission, yes. But they had to face a lot of minor and major conflicts. The absence of pure warships in TOS and TNG is just a result of what Gene Roddenberry wanted to show us. Especially the TNG Federation was more like the idea of an ideal (or at least much better) society.
The Federation is big, you can not defend such an amount of space just with some exploration or science vessels. Yes, the Enterprise-D and -E were quite strong. But they had to be, because of the plot of the series and films. It is a waste of ressources to build ships which are great for exploration and for fighting at the same time.
Maybe you should have a look at todays navies.
And, yes, you are right, the Federation and the Klingon Empire fought together. But they also fought against each other. Don't forget the minor conflicts with the Kligons in TNG or DS9. The Klingon Empire always was quite instable. STO plays 30 years after Nemesis, if I remember correctly, a lot can happen in this time. Conflicts can raise.
You mentioned the Defiant-class yourself. It is quite funny, you say "Hey, the needed this strong little ship because of the Borg. But when the Federation is at war with other factions, they don't need no warships. CRYPTIC HAS NO RIGHT TO IMPLEMENT WARSHIPS. BUBUBUBU!"
Warships are part of the Federation just as science vessels are. I know that we haven't heard a lot of pure warships. But, as I said, this is the result of what Gene Roddenberry wanted to tell. He wanted to tell stories onboard a starship, with the mission to make peace with different societies. In fact, no warships are much more unrealistic and non Trek.
btw: You do know the Akira-class, right? I assure you, Cryptic had nothing to do with that class.
Kjempegott! I was looking forward to captaining a Norway-class ship in STO, but now I can't wait to take its little brother out for a ride!
It does not have the armor plating and redundant shielding of starships designed for withstanding sustained attacks, but its state-of-the-art weaponry allows the Oslo to disable its foes with rapid-fire, hard-hitting assaults.
I take it this means that like the Norway, the Oslo is best suited for fleet combat, rather than going one-on-one with its enemies?