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La Sirena, a Kaplan F-17 Speed Freighter, piloted by Cristobal Rios, and first introduced in Star Trek: Picard, was described as "an unregistered, warp-capable" starship, according to Memory Alpha.

Chris, or "Rios," as the crew would call him, is a good, responsible, well-trained pilot. It makes sense that he owns a ship, and he deserves one. However, does it make sense to own a warp-capable starship without registration?

It might be possible in a future where starships are as common as cars in our current times--but this isn't just some normal cargo freighter.

First of all, Kaplan F-17s are warp-capable.

If you have a criminal with an unregistered, high-tech, high-velocity, warp-capable ship, it's going to be mighty difficult catching that criminal. They could land, terrorize some planet community, and warp off again.

Second of all, Kaplan F-17s are highly maneuverable.

We see La Sirena dodging the fire of the upgraded Romulan Bird of Prey in PIC: "Absolute Candor," and the Bird of Prey missed often enough for La Sirena's shields to stay up the whole time. We also see La Sirena doing high-speed flips, rolls, and other maneuvers. That makes it a formidable opponent.

Third, Kaplan F-17s re well-shielded and have a phaser.

So, not only does La Sirena have advanced propulsion systems and decent shielding systems, but it has a powerful, subatomic level vaporizing phaser.

Phasers, as we know, are extremely powerful, and even hand-held ones can be really destructive. But La Sirena, even thought it might be small, has a ship-mounted phaser that could obviously disintegrate the majority of un-shielded settlements/colonies/cities/ships. Not having someone register a ship with a phaser seems idiotic to me.

Ex Astris Scientia, run by Bernd Schneider, with its newly-updated starship database, has covered this in its description and makes a good speculation;

La Sirena is an unregistered ship, probably unlike other freighters of this type. It doesn't become clear what exactly that means in the late 24th century. Rather than being illegal in the Federation, Rios's ship may be unaffiliated and may acquire licenses to operate on a case-by-case basis, rather than under a permanent contract.

Oh, really? Unregistered with the Federation? A starship with advanced propulsion, advanced shielding technology and a 24th century phaser?? Okay. Well, let's just hope that it's not an inhumane, or rather "inhumanoid" person piloting a Kaplan F-17, rendering resistance highly futile.

So what does "unregistered" mean, and how does this registration, or licensing system work?

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  • If you have a criminal with a registered, high-tech, high-velocity, warp-capable ship, it's going to be mighty difficult catching that criminal. The most you could do was alert people to the presence of such a ship, but if defenses can detect its existence, the solution, whether registered or unregistered, is a fake registration, or jamming the defenses. – Mary May 30 '20 at 20:12
  • Hmm. Answers are slow coming in... – Sovereign Inquiry May 30 '20 at 22:15
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    The fundamental misconception here is the assumption that the Federation has any way to prevent it – Spencer May 30 '20 at 23:16
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    @M.A.Golding La Sirena managed to dodge some of the Romulan Bird of Prey's shots because its maneuverability. Well, since maneuverability is useless, we should just get rid of Speed Freighters and Defiant class warships and evasive maneuvers and all that, because if the ship's not big and powerful enough, the Federation doesn't care because it's just going to get destroyed anyways. So saying that maneuverability is useless is just not true. – Sovereign Inquiry May 31 '20 at 18:09
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    This is asking for a lot of well thought out detail from a show that forgot that Romulans had an entire empire instead of just one planet, that Seven of Nine was a brilliant scientist, that Picard had in fact been a father, and that it was Geordi that Data was close to, not Picard. – Harabeck Jun 2 '20 at 13:53

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