Me neither. I've been to the Academy on many many occasions and then one time while I was there it dawned on me...it's always daytime at Starfleet Academy! How could this be? Has the Earth of the future ceased to spin on its axis? Did all those infernal combustion engines we drove in the 20th and 21rst centuries stop the Earth dead in its tracks? I had to know. So I beamed up to my ship and flew an orbit around the Earth and noted which continents were in light and which were in darkness. I repeated this again about twelve hours later and discovered that indeed the Earth has stopped rotating! But that isn't the truly puzzling part. The west coast of the USA was in darkness and as we all know Starfleet is in San Francisco. So I beamed down to the Academy to check it out and sure enough...daytime! What strange phenomenon could be causing this? How could the western seaboard of North America be in darkness yet San Francisco be in daylight? My mind boggled. Could it be Q screwing with our heads? Maybe some evil plot by the Klingons? Or maybe a new but yet undiscovered black hole is bending the sun's rays around the planet.
...or maybe it's just STO being sloppy with the details.
During World War Three, the Eastern Coalition was repeatedly bombarded by nuclear warheads which caused a localized Nuclear winter over the region. In an attempt to correct the issue, they developed nanomachines that would dissipate the cloud. The machines quickly went out of control without any sort of shut down switch built in and tore away the upper atmosphere. As a result the sky was torn away and the world was bathed in constant starlight (more on this later).
Later, or parallel in time, remnants of the Augments attempted to create a final symbol of their superiority by controlling the rise and fall of the sun using hyper efficient tectonic regulators. Unfortunately, once they stopped the rotation of the core (and the planet itself), they were unable to get it to start again without flinging every man, woman, child, tree, building, car, etc left at near the speed of sound.
In the end, the Eastern Coalition wound up missing nuclear winter as they were constantly under the direct shine of the sun.
On the other side of the planet, namely America, a great fortune was spent constructing a holographic matrix that would serve to simulate blue sky and sun as well as generate heat for the shaded hemisphere. Of course, it was plenty expensive then so they only managed to cover about half of the former united states.
More recently, copies of significant places in earth's past like Paris France and the Picard Farm were rebuilt in southern california.
DaveyNY - STO Forum Minion since February - 2009
................Star Trek Fan since Thursday Sept. 8th, 1966
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Dont forget with all the terraforming (if it actually happened) why didn't they change the Saharan Desert into a metal rain forest?...if you go look out the windows of ESD at, i think, the tailor or the exchange booth.. its still there XD
Originally Posted by borticuscryptic
I find this line of replies sadly hilarious. We put a lot of work into the massive list of fixes/changes above, and ya'll are hung up on the ability to skip our content. =p