Re: In the alt timeline in Yesterday's Enterprise, I'd like to believe
I imagine the Federation that fought a twenty-year war with the Klingons was on the whole a darker, scarier civilization.
Think of the admiral in the new movie... willing to do anything. I think a federation 20 years + at war with Klingons might be willing to use a doomsday weapon. Even one that looks like a paper mache cone....
If you're one of the meatheads constantly droning on about "take my country back"... GET OVER IT. The confederacy LOST.