Re: History of Starfleet/Starfleet register project
A war time economy and a peace time economy are two very different models in terms of taxes, uses of materials, use of manpower, and how the nation is being directed.
A continous build up will only create shortages in unreplicateable materials such as warp cores and trained personnel.
Modern navies, while there first mission is the defense of their respective nations, carry out a lot of the same missions that we Starfleet do such as patrol, colonial re-supply, ocean exploration, and render humanitarian aid.
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