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Old August 17 2012, 09:21 PM   #231
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Re: TTN: Fallen Gods by Michael A. Martin Review Thread (Spoilers!)

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The Andorians did have a defense fleet when they were in the Federation. Paths of Disharmony said that half the fleet was destroyed in combat against the Borg, the Therin presumably belonging to the half of the fleet that survived.
Wasn't that a Strafleet defense fleet?
No.

At the very least, the Andorian defense fleet was described as being separate from Starfleet--it wasn't a Starfleet detachment.

And don't forget that at one point in FG Riker does say that it appears the Andorians are basing their military stuff on their pre-Federation days. So it doesn't sound like Andor had a separate space fleet during its Federation days.
Paths of Disharmony, to the best of my recollection, did state that Andor had a defense fleet during the Federation period, in much the same way that Vulcan does ("Reunification").

There are things Martin can be fairly criticized for, and then there are things that Martin can't be fairly criticized for. Describing the existence of an Andorian fleet that's described in another recent novel as a fault belongs to the second category, IMHO.
For what it's worth, other novels have shown Federation member worlds with their own ships. In A Time To Be Born, for instance, there are Vulcan, Alpha Centaurian and Benzite ships at the Rashanar Battle Site. Presumably in the later days of the war member worlds were sending their home fleets out to support Starfleet on the front lines.
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