Re: Viper Mk III (mild B&C spoilers)
I think there was probably some fear over how technology had almost been (and finally was) their undoing and a regression to a less advanced era might have been the preference of the people of the colonies. By nuBSG's time they were starting to progress forward in technology again as the young forgot and people like Adama were considered to be stuck in the past with their fears.
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