Re: Federation: 8,000 ly across?
I always figured that 8000 LY figure was the equivilent of citizing the size of the US being from Guam to Puerto Rico.
While it may be true from point to point, that doesn't mean it's that big all the way around or that the main body of it is anywhere near that size.
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