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The Federation signed a treaty with the Romulans specifically forbidding the Federation and Starfleet (probably all life forms that are members of the UFP) to even research cloaking technology. They don't use it, because it keeps the peace truce with Romulus. From Memory Alpha: In 2311, with the signing of the Treaty of Algeron, the Federation ...


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There are a few reasons we can intuit. DS9 isn't a Federation starbase, it's technically Bajoran. Starfleet was focused on getting it to work, and only replaced the essential systems. They weren't even planning (as far as we can tell) on upgrading the shield/weapons until a major threat manifested itself. Bajorans are likely to be more familiar with ...


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Brandon and gnovice have made some good points, and I just want to add that: If a single-engine plane loses that engine for just a minute or two, it's going down. This isn't the same situation with vessels like submarines and cars, which generally only have a single power supply. The Los Angeles class attack subs only have a single nuclear reactor, though ...


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The Klingon Empire appears to have been intended to be a member of the Federation in TNG; however, in Season 3 the writers ret-conned that idea to allow them to be aggressors again. This is a screen capture from Season 1 showing a United Federation of Planets logo on a Klingon bridge. Other than this screen grab, and the conversation cited by the OP, it ...


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Contrary to what you may think from watching TV, police officers are not required to issue the Miranda warning at the time of arrest; only before beginning an interrogation. The duty to warn only arises when police officers conduct custodial interrogations. The Constitution does not require that a defendant be advised of the Miranda rights as part of the ...


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As User22484 notes in his comment, the issue of authorial rights is dealt with in the Voyager episode Author, Author. In short; Authors have a right to determine how truly original works of art or authorship are attributed, distributed and treated. They specifically have the right not to have their works altered without their explicit permission. Failure ...


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My answer is isomorphic to that of @Himarm in some parts, but differs in others. My answer also begins with: The Klingon Empire appears to have been intended to be a member of the Federation in TNG timeline; however, in Season 3 the writers retconned that idea... But my answer differs on ...to allow them to be aggressors again. To be more precise, ...


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They were replacing the Cardassian components. Or if they couldn't replace them, at least making sure that they conformed to Federation standards. ILORA: But these relays don't have nearly as much carrying capacity as before. They won't be able to handle the signal load from the transceiver. O'BRIEN: Well, in order to bring the system up to ...


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The largest Starfleet starship to appear anywhere on screen is the upgraded Enterprise-J briefly seen in the episode "Azati Prime". It's described as being "almost 2 miles" in length (i.e. 3.2 kilometers) as compared to Borg cubes which are approx 3 kilometers in length along each edge. The single largest constructed vessel we see in the Trek TV show is the ...


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Short answer: If you don't count M5's actions, or the class J cargo ship (since Harry Mudd should not have tried to flee), then he destroyed the Constellation, the Reliant, and the Enterprise. More details: During the series, he destroyed: The Constellation in The Doomsday Machine by ramming it down the throat of the planet killer and having it self ...


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I've never heard it explained in-universe, but there is one thing wrong with the reasoning in your first sentence: extra engines generally aren't added to aircraft solely for redundancy, they're added due to increased power demands. If you need to haul more people/freight/weaponry, add another engine(s). Single-engine aircraft are still very common if you ...


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The Treaty of Algeron prevents the Federation from developing cloaking technology.


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The Dominion War - Over 1 billion Nearly a billion Cardassians and an unknown (but high) number of Federation citizens, Klingons, Romulans, Jem Hadar and Breens died in the Dominion war. For the record, the largest set of casualties resulted from an attack by the Jem Hadar on their own former allies, the Cardassians. The Borg invasion of Earth - 9 ...


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In DS9: The Search (Part 2), the fake Admiral Alynna Nechayev refers to the groupings in the Alpha Quadrant as "Alliances": NECHAYEV: They're already meeting with representatives from the Federation Council and a dozen other Alpha Quadrant alliances. We're hoping to have a treaty signed within a matter of days, and we have you to thank for it. ...


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In short, the EMH is not "just as competent as a human doctor", at least not until he's had a chance to go beyond his original programming. In the earlier episodes his lack of bedside manner, abrasive attitude and general lack of interpersonal skills are noted by many staff along with his obvious shortcomings as a crewman and inability to enter areas where ...


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The reason why your map makes it look like the Federation is split in two is because you're viewing a single slice of a three dimensional object. Although the charts seen in the Star Trek EU are notoriously inconsistent, the large map below (from "Star Trek Maps") should give you an indication of what the region looks like on the same scale, but seen from a ...


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There are numerous angles to go at this, and almost all of them place humans at the forefront: In the original series, Roddenberry wanted to depict the future of humanity, so the Federation really was mostly humans at that time. (This has since been retconned away) Both TNG and ENT state that the Federation was founded on Earth, in San Francisco, in 2161. ...


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Jake Sisko was a writer. In DS9's "The Visitor" there's a person named Melanie who specifically seeks him out, many years after he had finished writing. She tries to find him because of the writing he had done. Most of that episode isn't really in the "main timeline", but I think it counts as evidence that there's some level of recognition and protection of ...


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Why doesn't the modern navy make more of its ships amphibious? @Varlock hit the nail on the head. Making a ship amphibious isn't just a matter of putting wheels on it. It also must be able to not collapse under its own weight when on land. Large ships are basically cradled by the water and risk structural damage if put on land, especially fully loaded. ...


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Yes, the species' name is Caitian According to the wikia, they are a member of the Federation and has been serving in the Starfleet in: Star Trek: The Animated Series (Lieutenant M'Ress, the one you refer to) Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Unnamed Admiral and Commodore) Star Trek: Into Darkness (the Caitian twins that have accompanied Captain James T. ...


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Most of us think of Prime Directive as just prohibition of interference with less developed society. But fact is that Prime Directive is a doctrine of total non-interference with the affairs of other species, irrespective of technology level. See Wiki for that. Also from Wiki Federation citizens did not need an exception as the Prime Directive did not ...


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According to the Star Trek: Star Charts factbook, there are several colony worlds that are full members of the Federation including Deneb V, Rigel X and Cestus III. We should also mention that there are numerous Earth colonies that are also founding or full members including Earth's Moon, Mars, Terra Nova and Izar. The planetary list includes several ...


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There's an implication -- or perhaps an easily-made inference, since it may have been unintended -- that while the "official" Federation economy is not just cashless but truly non-monetary, there is a less official, grey-market economy that is not only monetary, but has fallen back on "hard" currency that cannot be replicated, like gold-pressed latinum. This ...


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You can obtain a Federation-made ship for research purposes from non-Starfleet organizations. The Voyager episode Dark Frontier shows a series of flashbacks giving the back story of Seven's parents. In the first one, it details how they got their ship. Field notes, U.S.S. Raven, Stardate 32611.4. It's about time. The Federation Council on Exobiology has ...


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The generation ship (spoilers) in For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky is listed as being: Since the plot involves changing the course of the asteroid, I would say that that qualifies without reservation as a "ship". Two other contenders with less stellar (heh) provenance would be the pre-Director's Cut V'Ger, which was a ridiculous (and ...


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No. The closest the Federation has come was when Sisko poisoned the atmosphere of a Maquis settlement with four hundred kilograms of tricobalt resin, making it uninhabitable to Humans but not to Cardassians. (For the Uniform) Solosos III


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Humans in the Star Trek universe are expansionistic, not self-destructive, and breed easier than similar species. The other 'main' races of the Federation, the Vulcans and the Andorians, have severe limitations on their reproduction. Vulcans only enter pon far once every seven years, and the Andorians require four parents for a successful pregnancy. This ...


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Voyager escaped the void with two other ships that apparently were native to the Delta quadrant. Janeway could in good conscience leave the job of spreading the word to the crews of those vessels. Warning buoys only work if they are understood as warnings, otherwise the buoys might attract the curious who could then stumble into the void. There are ways ...


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According to Memory Alpha, the fastest production starship in the Federation is the USS Prometheus (Prometheus class) Topping out at a blazing warp 9.99 The fastest one-off Runabout would probably be the Delta Flyer, custom built by the Voyager crew for approx. warp 5+ with enhanced handling and sub-light engines. The fastest 'production' runabout is the ...


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Sooner or later someone will probably notice that Nikolai Rozhenko is not really Boraalan. That alone could pollute a primitive culture let alone the damage that what he says or does could do. For example, consider the possible side effects of Riker ending up in a hospital on Malcor III in First Contact (the episode, not the film); all of a sudden various ...


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