^ Some enterprising (heh) soul on the ground could have come up with something.
And in any case, a ship with advanced shields and weapons isn't infallible. The Defiant
, faced with a prolonged assault by the rest of Earth's fleet, would have eventually buckled. One ship can't hold off for long against many.
The only thing I can think of is that the current Terran Emperor was not that popular, and so they jumped at the chance to replace him anyway. So maybe that's why Hoshi had such an easy time of it.