Hey Praetor, if you intend to work on this any more since the subject has been resurrected, I had a thought while I was re-reading. I noticed that you discussed the possibility that the Ambassador is what really made the technology behind "transwarp" work, even if the end result was only an increase in speed and the adaptation of the modified warp scale, rather than actual instantaneous travel. I don't think you mentioned that at all though in the actual chapter that discussed the Ambassador-class. If you're sticking to that idea, it would give some nice meat to that section and maybe make the Ambassador seem like a bit less of a lackluster design. It would also give a nice resolution to the transwarp story that dominates the opening chapters.