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Old September 15 2012, 11:17 AM   #83
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Re: Does the Federation still exist in the 31+th century?

Such detailed knowledge is not necessary in order to have a general idea of the temporal cold - and occasionally hot - war.
Just as it's not necessary to have detailed schematics of a tank to know how it is used in war.

This general idea was pretty well explained:
Multiple factions have agents stationed across the time-stram*. The strategy is MAD - if one faction attacks, the other counterattack, destroying the past of all. It's cold war.
We even saw how hot temporal war looks like in 'Storm front'.

*Presumably, temporal shielding plays a role in ensuring the continued existence of effective counteratack forces upstream, etc, etc.

PS - yes, with time travel you can meet your past self. Not necessarily a paradox; just weird.
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