My theory is that Ambassador Spock has given Starfleet a major technological boost - hence this ship's vague resemblance to the Enterprise-E, and most of all - why Starfleet's "newest flagship" is so overpowered just one year after her launch.
I just wish it had a third nacelle! The old novel Dreadnought!
by Diane Carey is one of my all-time favourites.
This is the USS Star Empire MKC-2331. I loved this design far more than the version in the old Star Fleet Technical Manual.
I wouldn't be suprised if they called this ship USS Star Empire after the ship in the novel. It is a very cool name.