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Old November 24 2009, 04:00 PM   #32
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Re: Shatnerverse

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It would be a terrorist's wet dream if they ever became a reality.
Not so much, because it's nothing they couldn't already do with a small plane. And if I correctly recall the chatter following 9/11, small planes can only do limited amounts of damage.

However this is Star Trek where people are generally good people..on Earth at least. Only have to worry about someone warping a ship into the planet....
Warp isn't the problem, since it doesn't represent a realspace velocity. High impulse is the problem. A runabout-sized ship hitting at half the speed of light would be an extinction-level event. A drunk driver could destroy a civilization. Which is why any spacefaring planet would need a very robust planetary defense grid -- and extremely strict enforcement of in-system traffic laws.
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