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Old March 26 2012, 07:02 AM   #23
Ian Keldon
Fleet Captain
Re: How big is Starfleet in men and ships?

Timo wrote: View Post
Plus, Starfleet is dangerously short on ships in peacetime. Why would this be, if Starfleet were capable of building more ships? It's quite possible that ship production has already hit the roof in peacetime, and further ramping up is impossible.
There is no evidence for this. "Only ship in the quadrant/sector" is easily explained by the vast scope of their area of operations.

We know canonically from WHMHGB (TOS) that ships can and have traveled all the way out to the galactic rim, and have explored all the way inward to the Great Barrier around the galactic core.
Since both the outer rim and the inner barrier are imaginary characteristics of the Trek universe rather than real physical phenomena, we don't necessarily have to assume that they would be quite as distant as the real (if ambiguous) outer rim of the Milky Way disk or the real galactic core.
There you go again, trying to substitute your "unique" notions for canon fact. You do that a lot.

But let's assume the TOS voyages indeed went tens of thousands of lightyears outward and inward along the galactic plane. A hundred such sorties would still only chart an insignificant volume of space. The exploratory routes would be mere thin lines, no thicker than the maximum range of starship active sensors (the TNG Tech Manual suggests a few dozen lightyears at most) in a vast volume that remained unexplored despite the voyages. It wouldn't be until tens of thousands of radial sorties were made that their volumes would begin to overlap at the 8,000 ly range.
Those ship readings are supplemented by automated probes, unmanned high-power sensor arrays, etc, all of which are canonically established.
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