Re: History of Starfleet/Starfleet register project
It should be considered, though, that Starfleet is constantly at war. If not with specific cultures, then against Mother Nature herself. Would there ever be an opportunity for a lull in shipbuilding?
Dixonesque (in the good sense) works can build on a roller-coaster pseudohistory easily enough: by taking into account all the source material out there, one ends up with such disparate bits that there are necessarily major changes in Starfleet makeup and major shifts in Federation politics and the fortunes of war and peace for basically every decade between now and the post-TNG years. It might be better to ignore such inconsistencies rather than revel in them, though, as writing your own pseudohistory can be at least as rewarding. And that in turn will easily fit inside the great lacunae of canonical Trek, no matter how topsy-turvy a story you create.
Of course there would be a lull in shipbuilding at times, due to the rise and fall of demand during times of armament build up, the conversion of war-time to peace time and so on.
That's one of the major qualms I have against fandom, its all about creating the awesome ship, and yet ignoring the pseudohistory. And of course, the UFP despite being touted as an all-explorer force are in a lot of major wars in fandom.
Personally, I would write the history and the rest would fall into place. Someone else hit it on the nail when Dixonesque was in reference to the author's temperament rather than the work itself.
"As my sweet mother always said, 'son, if one hostage is good, two are better, and three, well, that's just good business!'"