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Old July 10 2013, 06:02 AM   #82
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Re: Size of starfleet?

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Filmed evidence would seem to corroborate the notion that there is maybe one starship per sector of the Federation (given how often our heroes find themselves "the only ship in the quadrant"), and the gathering of these in one place is very rare. Given that the 24th century Federation is 8000ish light years across, and sectors are a few light years across, 2,500 commissioned starships seems very plausible to me, with perhaps a few hundred in reserves and/or in inactive 'home guard' duty.
In the TNG episode "Redemption Part I," Commander Riker says "Starfleet is spread relatively thin across this sector. There are only 7 ships within a day's travel of here."
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