Re: General order 24, were Kir kand Scotty bluffing?
Depend on what it takes to be considered as "destroyed." Destroying all power production, water pipelines, transportation inferstructure (especially bridges), waste treatment, means of communication, etc., you would have basically destroyed Eminor Seven.
You wouldn't have to actually glass the entire surface.
Doesn't Scott say "all habitable areas"? That could possibly mean not just infrastructure, but vegetation as well.
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