Re: Federation: 8,000 ly across?
Ok I'll expand. Some parts of the GQ might be more than 70 000ly away. But at it's closest point to Bajor the GQ is far closer than 70 000ly away.
But Sisko obviously wasn't referring to the closest point, he was referring to where he was at the moment -- "over 67 years to get here
." Sure, he was speaking a bit imprecisely, but even I wouldn't be that pedantic about it.
, I agree -- the Federation and its neighbors are called "Alpha Quadrant" powers even though many are in the Beta Quadrant, in the same way Europe is considered part of the Western world even though most of it is in the Eastern Hemisphere.
Perhaps Europe being referred to as the Western world, is all down to when the Prime Meridian was decided upon in 1884, and the influence the British Empire had on the world at that time.
However it would be accurate to say that most of Europe is in the Eastern hemisphere.
On the continent of wild endeavour in the mountains of solace and solitude there stood the citadel of the time lords, the oldest and most mighty race in the universe looking down on the galaxies below sworn never to interfere only to watch.