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Old August 14 2013, 01:35 PM   #64
The Emissary
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Re: So Bajor made one of it's moons uninhabitable for some energy

Timo wrote: View Post
But since nobody but Mullibok made any use of that moon anyway, why not wreck it? Habitable worlds are a dime in a dozen in the immediate vicinity of DS9 (say, "Sanctuary"), yet Bajorans aren't interested in those, either. Heck, they don't even bother to inhabit all parts of their own planet yet (again, "Sanctuary").

Wrecking Jerrado still leaves four other moons as natural preserves or amusement parks or inspiration for space poets or whatnot. Or perhaps Bajor will eventually have the time and resources to remove vegetation and animal life from those, too, for the sake of preservation, as lifelessness no doubt is the most natural state of those moons!

Timo Saloniemi
Perhaps. Just seems odd and pointless to wreck an entire thriving moon for that reason. But I guess I am looking at it from the 21st century POV where we barely have the power to preserve this planet. So seeing them wreck a planet-like moon like that is cringe-worthy. :P Especially when it appears that the UFP has superior methods to get them out of that problem.

MacLeod wrote: View Post
With industrial replicators it might be simply a case of at that point the Federation only had a few they could spare. Look at modern disaster relief efforts, we have resources we can dispatch and put it in at a moments notice, but it can still take time to put in all the resources a particualr disaster needs. It might be the case with these industrial replicators as well. They have x spare and who knows perhaps some of those spare were needed elsewhere.
Timo wrote: View Post
It might also be that the technology is so strategically important that only a select few allies ever receive it, and only when sufficient supervision (or sheer operating expertise) can be provided as well. Not because it'd be scarce, but because it cannot be allowed to leak to the enemy (such as in "For the Cause").

We know the Maquis have food replicators aplenty; they are mentioned in "Preemptive Strike". They also have engineers of high quality, and even Klingon Imperial Intelligence agents can tune up a food replicator... Yet they cannot replicate torpedo warheads (or the Cardassian framing attempt of "Tribunal" wouldn't have made sense) let alone complete armed fightercraft (a plot point in "The Maquis"). So industrial replicators apparently represent a major leap in capabilities, not merely in terms of quantity but of quality as well.

Timo Saloniemi
Both are fair points.
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