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Old May 28 2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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A Typhon Pact symbol/insignia/flag?

I was wondering if there was any kind of Typhon Pact symbol/seal/insignia descibed in any of the books?

If not, what do you imagine such a symbol to look like?

I imagine it would be a stylized six-armed galaxyish spiral, like the Typhon-1 space station, or the main conference table within are decscribed to like. Each arm representing one of the member nations.
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Old May 28 2012, 03:20 PM   #2
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I was wondering if there was any kind of Typhon Pact symbol/seal/insignia descibed in any of the books?

If not, what do you imagine such a symbol to look like?

I imagine it would be a stylized six-armed galaxyish spiral, like the Typhon-1 space station, or the main conference table within are decscribed to like. Each arm representing one of the member nations.
Hmm. I like it.

But what would the color scheme be?
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Old May 28 2012, 03:31 PM   #3
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The problem with giving them a spiral-shaped insignia is that then we'd never be able to convince people it wasn't the Typhoon Pact.
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Old May 28 2012, 03:37 PM   #4
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Re: A Typhon Pact symbol/insignia/flag?

The Typhon Pact currency, seen in A Singular Destiny, features an hexagonal shape imprinted on it, if I recall correctly. So that was, if not their official insignia, something clearly representing the Pact.
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Old May 28 2012, 03:37 PM   #5
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The problem with giving them a spiral-shaped insignia is that then we'd never be able to convince people it wasn't the Typhoon Pact.


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The Typhon Pact currency, from A Singular Destiny, features an hexagonal shape imprinted on it, if I recall correctly. So that was, if not their official insignia, something clearly representing the Pact.
True -- though that's not necessarily their only insignia. After all, there's a variation of the bald eagle from the Great Seal of the United States on the U.S.'s quarters, but it isn't exactly the same as the Great Seal, and it's certainly not what our flag looks like.
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Old May 28 2012, 10:03 PM   #6
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Re: A Typhon Pact symbol/insignia/flag?

I'd forgotten about the hexagon on the currency in ASD. Thanks, Nasat!
Perhaps a hexagon in the centre of the symbol, where each arm spirals off?

Sci, what about each arm of the spiral being colour-coded to each species? Green for the Romulans, orange-red for the Tholians, red for the Kinshaya, dark green for the Gorn, gold for the Tzenkethi and beige for the Breen.
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Re: A Typhon Pact symbol/insignia/flag?

Considering Federation-centric nature of most of the Pact's previous actions and the fact that there is a giant map of the Neutral Zone on the floor of the Romulan Senate, I imagine that the Typhon Pact's seal is simply the UFP seal with a giant red X or "NO" over it.
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Old May 29 2012, 01:21 AM   #8
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^Are the Pact's actions really mostly Federation-centric, or does it just look that way because we've mostly seen them from the Federation's perspective? Certainly the Kinshaya have had very little interaction with the Federation. Their aggression in A Singular Destiny was against the Klingons, and The Struggle Within, as the title suggests, showed them dealing with internal matters, both the struggle for control between different factions of their own society and their relations with the Breen and Romulans. We also saw plenty of internal factionalism within the Romulans in Rough Beasts of Empire, the Breen in Zero Sum Game, and the Gorn in Seize the Fire -- a book that was mainly about the Gorn dealing with an internal crisis, with a single Federation ship just happening to get in the way.

So just from what we have seen, it's quite clear that the Pact and its members have a lot of domestic concerns to occupy their attention, and we also know they have interactions with foreign powers other than the Federation, such as the Klingons or the Kobheerians (erstwhile Cardassian allies with whom the Pact struck an exclusive trade deal prior to ASW). It's likely that they have other foreign-policy concerns involving nations other than the Federation. For instance, The Buried Age established that the Breen and the Sheliak have some ongoing territorial disputes, so for all we know, the Pact devotes a fair amount of its attention to the Sheliak. But we don't see that because the books we read are told from the Federation's point of view and thus present an incomplete, slanted perspective on what the Pact does.
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Old May 29 2012, 03:51 AM   #9
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^Are the Pact's actions really mostly Federation-centric, or does it just look that way because we've mostly seen them from the Federation's perspective? Certainly the Kinshaya have had very little interaction with the Federation. Their aggression in A Singular Destiny was against the Klingons, and The Struggle Within, as the title suggests, showed them dealing with internal matters, both the struggle for control between different factions of their own society and their relations with the Breen and Romulans. We also saw plenty of internal factionalism within the Romulans in Rough Beasts of Empire, the Breen in Zero Sum Game, and the Gorn in Seize the Fire -- a book that was mainly about the Gorn dealing with an internal crisis, with a single Federation ship just happening to get in the way.

So just from what we have seen, it's quite clear that the Pact and its members have a lot of domestic concerns to occupy their attention, and we also know they have interactions with foreign powers other than the Federation, such as the Klingons or the Kobheerians (erstwhile Cardassian allies with whom the Pact struck an exclusive trade deal prior to ASW). It's likely that they have other foreign-policy concerns involving nations other than the Federation. For instance, The Buried Age established that the Breen and the Sheliak have some ongoing territorial disputes, so for all we know, the Pact devotes a fair amount of its attention to the Sheliak. But we don't see that because the books we read are told from the Federation's point of view and thus present an incomplete, slanted perspective on what the Pact does.
Gasp. Shock.

Do you mean to imply that the Milky Way Galaxy does not in fact revolve around the United Federation of Planets?
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Old May 29 2012, 07:23 AM   #10
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it revolves around the centre of its mass, just like any other astronomical object.
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Old May 29 2012, 09:06 AM   #11
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^Are the Pact's actions really mostly Federation-centric, or does it just look that way because we've mostly seen them from the Federation's perspective?
You raise a lot of very good points to counter my somewhat lighthearted previous post. I can see what you're saying and can envision that we are getting a somewhat limited perspective of the Pact's activities because of the focus the novels that are published.

However, the Pact was arguably created in direct response to President Bacco's actions during the Borg invasion (and the member states are largely comprised of nations that have had a long-standing antagonistic or at least neutral relationship with the UFP). The Pact also initially established its presence through subterfuge and sabotage of Federation interests and only declared the union's existence after a Federation investigation.

While the Pact may have other interests and pursuits, they still seem strongly focused against the Federation (and countering the Federation's technological advantage in the slipstream drive, which they have some cause to be worried about).

When I was writing the earlier post, I was recalling a scene from "Plagues of Night" where different Typhon Pact members discuss their latest, relevant actions with their colleagues. The relatively moderate Romulan representative observed that many of their actions appeared to be geared to destabilize political relations (which seemed to primarily be against the Federation, but partly the Klingons).

Ultimately, I do think a significant portion of the Pact's activities are geared against the Federation (culminating in the climax of "Plagues of Night"). However, I don't think they would be so Federation-centric as to make their main symbol an anti-UFP statement — although sometimes designers and other creators may sometimes like to draw such bold distinctions (such as the Neutral Zone map in the Romulan Senate).
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Old May 29 2012, 10:35 AM   #12
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Yeah Federation with a Blood Red X seems unlikely as an official symbol.
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Old May 29 2012, 02:08 PM   #13
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However, the Pact was arguably created in direct response to President Bacco's actions during the Borg invasion (and the member states are largely comprised of nations that have had a long-standing antagonistic or at least neutral relationship with the UFP). The Pact also initially established its presence through subterfuge and sabotage of Federation interests and only declared the union's existence after a Federation investigation.
Yes, and the Federation was created in response to the Romulan War, but that doesn't mean that everything they've done from then on was about the Romulans. And the United States was created by a revolution against England, but our entire history has not been defined by our relations with England.

It's natural that the Pact would be especially concerned about the Federation, because the Federation is the 800-pound gorilla, the dominant superpower in local space. So naturally it informs the politics of just about anything that happens in the region. But think about it realistically. Think of the Pact as six living, breathing, working nations forging an alliance, rather than just a story device. Those nations have their own citizens/subjects, their own economies, their own domestic affairs and border issues, etc. By the very fact that they exist as nation-states, they must have a wide range of concerns. (During the Cold War, the USSR dominated America's foreign policy, but the US government still had plenty of other concerns like civil rights, crime, drugs, gas shortages, internal scandals, etc.)

Besides, the whole reason the Pact was formed was to counter the Federation's dominance as the sole superpower in the region. Naturally they're concerned about it as long as it remains the 800-pound gorilla, but their long-term goal (insofar as the Pact can be said to have a single goal) is to give their members and their allies the ability to stand on their own and not have their lives dominated by the Federation's whims, so that they can get on with focusing on their own interests and policies instead. The Federation is not their overwhelming preoccupation, which is exactly why they want to be strong enough to assert their own interests and priorities without being at the mercy of the Federation's whims. As long as the Federation remains a dominant power, the Pact is going to resist that, but if the UFP's influence and involvement diminished enough and the Pact members felt they were free to go their own way, then most of them (with some exceptions) would probably be content to stop worrying about the UFP, to leave it alone as long as it left them alone.


When I was writing the earlier post, I was recalling a scene from "Plagues of Night" where different Typhon Pact members discuss their latest, relevant actions with their colleagues. The relatively moderate Romulan representative observed that many of their actions appeared to be geared to destabilize political relations (which seemed to primarily be against the Federation, but partly the Klingons).
Well, I haven't read that book yet, but that goes to show the diversity of factions within the Pact. Some factions see it just as a way to undermine the Federation, while others are more interested in pursuing their own independent concerns.


However, I don't think they would be so Federation-centric as to make their main symbol an anti-UFP statement — although sometimes designers and other creators may sometimes like to draw such bold distinctions (such as the Neutral Zone map in the Romulan Senate).
I think that's reading too much into a careless bit of set design. The designers didn't include that map on the Senate floor to make some statement about Romulan politics; they just copied the Neutral Zone map from "Balance of Terror" because it was available and recognizable, and they probably didn't consider the broader implications. If anything, the dialogue in the Senate scene establishes that Hiren's government was in a state of detente with the Federation (the same detente achieved during the Dominion War) and had no interest in renewed aggression against them, which was why the revanchist military faction worked with Shinzon to assassinate Hiren and his moderate Senate.
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Old May 30 2012, 05:48 AM   #14
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]However, I don't think they would be so Federation-centric as to make their main symbol an anti-UFP statement — although sometimes designers and other creators may sometimes like to draw such bold distinctions (such as the Neutral Zone map in the Romulan Senate).
I think that's reading too much into a careless bit of set design. The designers didn't include that map on the Senate floor to make some statement about Romulan politics; they just copied the Neutral Zone map from "Balance of Terror" because it was available and recognizable, and they probably didn't consider the broader implications. If anything, the dialogue in the Senate scene establishes that Hiren's government was in a state of detente with the Federation (the same detente achieved during the Dominion War) and had no interest in renewed aggression against them, which was why the revanchist military faction worked with Shinzon to assassinate Hiren and his moderate Senate.
Praetor Hiren's detente isn't incompatible with a long-standing Romulan obsession with the defeat by Earth and its allies.

Back in "The Neutral Zone", Troi describes a pronounced Romulan interest in humans:"For some reason they have exhibited a fascination with humans and that fascination, more than anything else, has kept the peace." This fascination is born as much of resentment at the role humans played in aborting Romulan hegemony as anything else, IMHO.
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Well, I haven't read that book yet, but that goes to show the diversity of factions within the Pact. Some factions see it just as a way to undermine the Federation, while others are more interested in pursuing their own independent concerns.
That's a very good point. There are a lot of actors on this galactic stage with different motivations. Although the novels have largely looked at the Pact's actions against the Federation, I do recall the Tzenkethi resorting to assassination to accomplish its goals in the Romulan Empire.

Getting back to the Pact symbol, maybe it's similar to the Google Chrome logo?
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