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Old July 6 2013, 08:02 AM   #61
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Re: Size of starfleet?

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I would also agree with the assessment that Federation member worlds that had a 'Home Guard' fleet before joining the Federation would probably keep this to some extent, a bit like a coastguard fleet, but not with the power to do much more.
It would depend on how "much more" the Home Guard would need to do.

If a new Member came to the Federation with a significant number of colonies (lets say thirty), then they would need a home guard capable of patroling not just the original star system, but all the star systems where there are colonies, plus the travel routes between those star systems.

Earth apparent continue to expand it's number of colonies after becoming a Federation Member. So not only would a Member have a home fleet, there could would be a need to increase it's size steadily over time.

A last thought on mixed-crew vessels, we know that Vulcans are used to a warmer atmosphere than humans and that andorians for example are used to a colder environment.
There could be other factors involved, other than environmental. it's possible that psychological difference come into play as well. Some Federation species might simply not be able of serving with each other over a protracted period of time. A Human serving on a Vulcan ship for months and years could eventually experience clinic depression through being socially isolated.

Although possible not a Federation Member, most Federation species could not serve on a Medusian ship, they couldn't directly interact with the crew.

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Old July 6 2013, 09:06 AM   #62
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Although possible not a Federation Member, most Federation species could not serve on a Medusian ship, they couldn't directly interact with the crew.
Unless they had previously done a six-month tour on a Tellarite ship, in which case the inability to interact with aliens would be just what the doctor ordered.

But don't underestimate the effect of environment. Let me muddy the waters by suggesting two other things:

1) basic portrayals aside, it's EXTREMELY unlikely that all Federation races breathe the same atmosphere or are comfortable in the same gravitational/lighting conditions. Vulcans in particular are used to a thinner atmosphere with probably a lower oxygen partial pressure; it's evidently much easier for Vulcans to adapt to human atmospheres than the reverse. Likewise, frigid Andor probably has a much lower CO2 content in its atmosphere than Earth does; at room temperature, humans breathing Andorian gas mixtures would have a strong tendency to hyperventilate. And this assumes that all or even most Federation races breathe a similar range of oxygen/nitrogen mixtures; methane breathers would be out of luck, especially since their bodies would probably rely on ammonia instead of water. Gravity, also, can be a very important factor; a life form that evolved in less than one-sixth gee wouldn't even be able to WALK on in normal gravity and probably wouldn't survive there for any amount of time.

2) Home port. Warp drive may be fast, but it's not that convenient; Federation citizens don't commute between planets, so almost everyone still lives on the planet they were born on, which is USUALLY their own homeworld. Even if you could be comfortable on an Andorian ship, you'd have no reason to apply to the Andorian FLEET because you don't live anywhere near Andor and don't know anyone who does. The exceptions in Starfleet -- Spock, Worf, Data, etc -- all join Starfleet mainly because they've come to make their homes on Earth or in Earth-controlled colonies. Which would nicely explain why we never see the fleets of the other Federation members: with the singular exception of Vulcan, never really get to see other Federation WORLDS.
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Old July 6 2013, 11:00 AM   #63
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The image you posted (from page 95) is of a shuttle that is significately smaller that the shuttle from the movie.
The blueprints show the same as Mr. Scott's Guide, for the docking ring. Which looks different than the production image (naturally). The doors seem to be the only other thing different.



EDIT: Every blueprint I can find shows the same scale as Mr. Scott's Guide.

Bigger pic of the blueprint above.

http://www.cygnus-x1.net/links/lcars...-6-sheet-5.jpg

I also found this:

http://ufc465537.scificities.com/resources/TheXonWriteups/shuttle.html

It's got a writeup about the shuttle and Andrew Probert's matte paintings showing it in the shuttlebay. They say it's smaller (speculation of the website owner?) but it looks the same to me.

Re-looking at your production photo, I think the docking port just looks smaller because of the angle. If you saw it full side-on, it would probably be the same size.
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Old July 6 2013, 04:25 PM   #64
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I think most of the environmental concerns could be ignored, thanks to the level of tech in Trek. The Benzites went from needing a breathing device to not needing one in just a few years. Surely Starfleet's gifted engineers can do even better, particularly for species that have been in the Federation for 200 + years.
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Old July 7 2013, 08:54 AM   #65
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As far as I know, these concepts never went any further than Andy's sketches. I assume he showed them to others working on TMP, and they may have discussed them informally to some extent, but nothing I saw while working on MSG indicated that the concept(s) had gone any further.

The Surak-type warpshuttle looks cool and I've always been fond of it, but I never was very happy with its design being used for a smaller, planetfall shuttle. For one thing, the docking ring hatch in back depends upon a docking port in order to open -- the doors are pulled out of the travel pod/shuttle and into the wall of the vessel with which it has docked. Andy said he thought the crew, after landing on a planet, might be able to open the hatch 'partway,' enough to get in or out, but I really don't like that concept. Having the hatch elements hanging out in midair makes little sense, and it is clear from their design that any such attempt to open them would have to be a manual one. Awkward, to say the least..

The planetfall variant of the shuttle never appeared in TMP, despite the fact that in one unused version of the cargo/hangar matte painting it had been included (this painting can be seen on page 93 of MSG). I suspect it intentionally was not used, perhaps because of the hatch problem -- beats me.

The side hatch seen in the drawing done for MSG was added by myself, as both a compromise and a tip of the hat to the Galileo design of TOS.

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The above quote is by Shane Johnson the writer of MSG, it's from the Flare Sci-fi discussion site on May 03, 2003, Mr. Johnson is using the name " thelastguardian," presumably from the title of his 1975 novel.

http://flare.solareclipse.net/cgi2/u...c;f=6;t=002166

He refers to the design of the Vulcan shuttle being used for a smaller verison, and the smaller verison being the one included in MSG. He confirms that the smaller shuttle is never used in the 1979 movie. Originally the smaller shuttle had no side doors, he added them for the image in MSG making them the same shape as those on the TOS shuttle.

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The image you posted (from page 95) is of a shuttle that is significately smaller that the shuttle from the movie.
The blueprints show the same as Mr. Scott's Guide, for the docking ring.
The image you just posted from the Official Blueprints are noticibly different than the earlier image you posted from MSG (Mister Scott's Guide to the Enterprise).

Which looks different than the production image (naturally).
Why naturally?

The doors seem to be the only other thing different.
Not quite. The VS (Vulcan shuttle) has two upright window (which I now think aren't door), small shuttle has a TOS shuttle style door. Moving aft, the VS then has a rectangular protrusion, missing from the small shuttle. Above the rectangle there is a top hatch, the small shuttle positions this above the TOS door. The VS then has a oval viewport, missing entirely from the small shuttle.

The two images below come from your own post number 58, and your post number 63. They have been scaled to have the same diameter docking tubes. The Vulcan shuttle is (again) significantly larger. they certainly are not the same.



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Old July 7 2013, 01:20 PM   #66
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Very nice! It makes more sense when you can see the difference. Thanks!
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Old July 7 2013, 01:41 PM   #67
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I think most of the environmental concerns could be ignored, thanks to the level of tech in Trek. The Benzites went from needing a breathing device to not needing one in just a few years. Surely Starfleet's gifted engineers can do even better, particularly for species that have been in the Federation for 200 + years.
This sums my opinion up quite nicely. Besides, temperature differences can be ignored as long as they're not too severe. So species with similar environmental requirements could serve together. Trek tech is very powerful
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Old July 7 2013, 11:49 PM   #68
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^ There also might be the consideration of physical stature. In Journey to Babel we saw two shorter gentlemen at a reception, a number of starships scaled to their species physical requirements (consoles, chairs, doorways, corridors, rooms) would make a difficult assignment for a Human of typical adult size.

A species somewhat larger than Mister Homn would find duty aboard the TOS Enteprise unpleasent.

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Old July 8 2013, 06:08 AM   #69
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Although possible not a Federation Member, most Federation species could not serve on a Medusian ship, they couldn't directly interact with the crew.
Unless they had previously done a six-month tour on a Tellarite ship, in which case the inability to interact with aliens would be just what the doctor ordered.

But don't underestimate the effect of environment. Let me muddy the waters by suggesting two other things:

1) basic portrayals aside, it's EXTREMELY unlikely that all Federation races breathe the same atmosphere or are comfortable in the same gravitational/lighting conditions. Vulcans in particular are used to a thinner atmosphere with probably a lower oxygen partial pressure; it's evidently much easier for Vulcans to adapt to human atmospheres than the reverse. Likewise, frigid Andor probably has a much lower CO2 content in its atmosphere than Earth does; at room temperature, humans breathing Andorian gas mixtures would have a strong tendency to hyperventilate. And this assumes that all or even most Federation races breathe a similar range of oxygen/nitrogen mixtures; methane breathers would be out of luck, especially since their bodies would probably rely on ammonia instead of water. Gravity, also, can be a very important factor; a life form that evolved in less than one-sixth gee wouldn't even be able to WALK on in normal gravity and probably wouldn't survive there for any amount of time.

2) Home port. Warp drive may be fast, but it's not that convenient; Federation citizens don't commute between planets, so almost everyone still lives on the planet they were born on, which is USUALLY their own homeworld. Even if you could be comfortable on an Andorian ship, you'd have no reason to apply to the Andorian FLEET because you don't live anywhere near Andor and don't know anyone who does. The exceptions in Starfleet -- Spock, Worf, Data, etc -- all join Starfleet mainly because they've come to make their homes on Earth or in Earth-controlled colonies. Which would nicely explain why we never see the fleets of the other Federation members: with the singular exception of Vulcan, never really get to see other Federation WORLDS.
I don't understand why the UFP would allow individual member worlds to maintain separate fleets. That would discourage members from contributing technological advancements and personnel to the central defense for the Federation. I don't recall any indication that any member had its own independent fleet. Also, in the DS9 episode "Rapture" a Starfleet Admiral states "The Bajoran militia must be integrated into starfleet," which would indicate that Federation member worlds integrate their forces into Starfleet.
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Old July 8 2013, 12:25 PM   #70
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I don't understand why the UFP would allow individual member worlds to maintain separate fleets.
It may be the prerogative of individual Members to maintain Home Fleets as they see fit, and the Federation Council would have no say in the matter.

I don't recall any indication that any member had its own independent fleet.
There's a line of dialog in the episode Unification which arguably says that Vulcan has it's own fleet.

Also, in the DS9 episode "Rapture" a Starfleet Admiral states "The Bajoran militia must be integrated into starfleet," ...
But integrated isn't the same as absorbed. The Admiral could be speak of the militia being able to coordinationed with Starfleet.

... which would indicate that Federation member worlds integrate their forces into Starfleet.
It's always seemed to me that one of the prime reasons the Members formed (or joined) the Federation in the first place was mutual defense. It would make sense for the Member's separate fleets to be able to come together in a coordinated way during times of trouble. I personally think this is where all those vast fleets suddenly came from during the Dominion War.

Prior to the Dominion War, Starfleet was usually depicted as being not particularly large, and often short handed.

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Old July 8 2013, 05:22 PM   #71
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According to The Making of Star Trek the creators / producers envisioned - possibly as an analogy to the US Navy's aircraft carriers, then - 12 top-of-the-line starships like the Enterprise.

If we take a closer look at the NCC registries of the Excalibur (1664), the Defiant (1764) and the Reliant (1864) it could seem it is essentially just a contact code where - in the aforementioned example and according to Matt Jefferies' design series nomenclature (Enterprise is 17th design) - the last two digits of the Excalibur were "inherited" by the Defiant which again were inherited by the Reliant.

Thus it would be impossible to determine Starfleet's actual strength at TOS, add to this we had ships of the "Destroyer Class" (Kirk's first command according to TMoST) etc.

There's one example in TOS where the Enterprise revisits a region "where they charted several systems last year". Looks like the ships had assigned patrol sectors and it looks the Enterprise's was close to Klingon and Romulan territory.

Of course, as the United Federation of Planets expanded the patrol sectors became more or bigger and unless sensor and scanning equipment became equally better the Federation was probably in need for more ships to cover vaster regions of space and - at some point in time - the availability of just 99 contact codes for top of the line starships (and others?) would not have been sufficient, hence the new five digit codes.

Just my 0.02 $ for what it's worth.

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Old July 8 2013, 05:53 PM   #72
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"It's always seemed to me that one of the prime reasons the Members formed (or joined) the Federation in the first place was mutual defense. It would make sense for the Member's separate fleets to be able to come together in a coordinated way during times of trouble. I personally think this is where all those vast fleets suddenly came from during the Dominion War."

If the members maintained individual fleets, why is it that all of starfleet's vessels were standardized and looked similar during the Dominion war?
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Old July 8 2013, 06:26 PM   #73
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If the members maintained individual fleets, why is it that all of starfleet's vessels were standardized and looked similar during the Dominion war?
It's like in the world today, only a few nations have the faciities to construct ships above a certain size. If a Federation Member wants a brand new destroyer or larger they have to contract through Earth or one of the few other major shipyards.

Also, when older starships are sold off (instead of being scrapped), the Membership without their own shipyards might have priority in bidding on these to add to their home fleets.

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Old July 8 2013, 07:22 PM   #74
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It bears noting that there doesn't appear to be such a thing as a defense fleet. In the Dominion War, certain individual fleets are said to be tasked with defending specific planets at certain times - but only at certain times. In peacetime, planets in turn appear almost constantly vulnerable. Earth seldom has any starships nearby; none of the UFP planets visited by Kirk or Picard in the respective TV shows had any native defenses in evidence.

Vulcan in the otherwise rather militant STXI displayed no wreckage of indigenous ship designs after Nero's attack (but may have had one or two generic Starfleet vessels in residence, because there is that piece of ship named Mayflower there while no ship by that name could have been included in the fleet that was launched from Earth). The same thing may well be true of "Unification pt II" where the "Vulcan defense vessels" (never identified as being part of a "fleet") would refer to a number of Starfleet ships defending Vulcan.

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^ Wouldn't they then be referred to as "Starfleet vessels responding?"

Nothing in the dialog suggests where they're responding from, just that they are "Vulcan" and they are "vessels." Oh and they have something to do with defense.

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