Derfel Cadarn Posted May 31, 2021 Share Posted May 31, 2021 3 hours ago, Toth said: Not necessarily, only Vulcan ships of Federation design like the USS Intrepid NCC-1631 (which was a Constitution class), USS Hera and USS T'Kumbra (both Nebula Class). All three have been mentioned as Federation ships crewed mainly (but not entirely) by Vulcans. I must say I really chalk that up to the fact that Enterprise failed to establish Federation design philosophy as an amalgamation of its founding members. At most we can see that TOS weaponry is of Andorian origin, otherwise it does indeed seem like they ludicrously decided to make the technologically most inferior among the bunch the trend setter. But I'd say from a logical in-universe POV for the Federation to be an actual Federation and not just a human empire, we need to assume that everyone pitches in for Starfleet and otherwise is free to build their own mercantile or system defense fleet. I have seen the musing that the reason we haven't seen a United Earth Defense force in the 23rd and 24th century is that Earth houses Starfleet headquarters and therefore has an unusually high Starfleet presence anyway, making a dedicated defense force redundant. The original series mentions UESPA (United Earth Space Agency). It’s really just what they called Starfleet before they came up with Starfleet (and the federation ) but it can be retconned as an Earth science agency separate from Starfleet. No or few ships, so on occasion Starfleet lends it a ship for a mission or two Toth 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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