Paper Moon wrote:
Neither of the World Wars involved every power on Earth.
But WWII involved most
of them, all but ten
. And participating nations came from every continent except Antarctica. So it's hardly an exaggeration to call it a world war (unlike WWI, which was mostly Eurocentric).
The point of calling it a World War, and the point of talking about the entire Alpha Quadrant being at stake was to emphasize the previously unseen scale of the conflicts.
Yeah, and that's what I don't get -- this notion that a Khitomer Accords/Typhon Pact war would somehow be bigger than the Dominion War. That doesn't make any sense. The Dominion alone is 2000 years old and rules over thousands of worlds. It's probably bigger than all the Khitomer allies and Typhon Pact powers combined, not just in size but in the amount of resources and power it was able to bring to bear. Not to mention that post-Borg Invasion, the UFP, Klingons, and Romulans are all diminished in territory, power, and strength compared to where they were during the Dominion War -- and after what the Dominion did to them, the Cardassians are a shadow of what they were.
So any such conflict would be smaller
than the Dominion War by a significant margin -- and it would be a minor kerfuffle compared to the Borg Invasion. Sure, the amount of local territory occupied by the participating nations would be larger, but that's a strange metric for the magnitude of a war, since it doesn't necessarily correspond to the size of the actual fighting, the amount of destruction, the cost in lives. And the physical territory of the participants really wouldn't be that
much larger anyway, because if we go by Star Charts
, then of the Accord and Pact members that weren't involved in the Dominion War, only the Tholians have a really large territory; Ferengi, Gorn, Tzenkethi, and presumably Kinshaya space are all rather tiny compared to the others.
So I just don't understand this perception that the biggest conflict is in the future. That's selling the Dominion War and the Borg Invasion short. They were supposed to be the biggest cataclysms in Federation history. What's happening now with the Typhon Pact is just the aftermath, the ongoing ripple effect of the Borg Invasion.