Coming July 2013: STAR TREK ENTERPRISE — RISE OF THE FEDERATION

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Christopher, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. Ríu ríu chíu

    Ríu ríu chíu Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Not sure how I feel about the MACOS becoming Starfleet Security (I'm still sticking with a 'Starfleet Marine Corps' idea - I've always viewed Security as exclusively shipbound security guards, not front line troops) but otherwise, it's great. :techman:

    Also, is there a retroactive source for the Defiant insignia as shown in "In a Mirror, Darkly"?
     
  2. Reanok

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    :techman:Christopher I like the new uniform designs how did you come up with the ideas for the different designs for uniform patches and signias for the different Starfleet uniforms?
     
  3. Charles Phipps

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    It's going to be interesting to see how the fleets, themselves, are integrated. As McCoy observed in Ex Machina, most ships were done by their owner's races. It makes sense when we assume the Federation Starfleet is going to be a bunch of pre-existing Starfleets shoved together.

    I, too, like the uniforms.
     
  4. Mysterion

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    Firstly, I agree with you that Marines/Ground Troops and shipboard security are two completely different animals. They may have some parts of their respective skill sets in common, but wildly different missions, and it only makes sense that they would be two distinctly different groups. I would think that the MACO forces (as well as equivilent forces of the other founding members of the UFP (andorians, tellarites, etc.) would have been the nucleus of what eventually became the UFMC, or whatever better title there might be for them. Shipboard security personnel continued to be shipboard security personnel, doomed to wear red shirts a hundred years later.

    But, I think if there were such forces, wouldn't they be more properly called the United Federation Marine Corps (UFMC)? Calling them the Starfleet Marines would be like calling the current day USMC the Navy Marine Corps. (Go find yourself a Marine and see how far that flys with him...better yet, don't.)
     
  5. Christopher

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    Well, we've always been shown the same security personnel handling groundside and shipside matters, so that's what I aimed toward. And I wanted to have some tie back to elements of ENT, and to keep Kimura around as part of the crew.

    That's just the generic Starfleet emblem we saw throughout TOS -- it's seen on the "racing stripes" on the side of the Enterprise's engineering hull and on the shuttlecraft, and you can usually see it on the wall behind admirals on the viewscreen. I'm not sure what significance it would have in the 23rd-century scheme, but my intent was to keep things loose enough to suggest that my scheme could just be the ancestral form of whatever Starfleet's organizational framework has evolved into by TOS. The distinct fleet insignias could still represent separate fleets in the TOS era -- the Constellation coud've been administered by the Andorian Guard just as the Enterprise is administered by UESPA -- or the structure could've evolved into something else that uses those logos for historical reasons, the same way the historic UESPA arrowhead (whose chronologically earliest appearance is on the Friendship 1 probe) comes to be adopted by Starfleet as a whole by the TMP era.


    The mission patches on the sleeves are following the precedent of ENT. I didn't design any specfic ones, and the Starfleet Command patch I described is the one seen in ENT. As for the insignias representing the fleets, I've felt for a long time that that was more likely than having a different one for each individual ship, since we saw a lot of non-Enterprise personnel wearing the arrowhead in "Court-martial." And we now know, thanks to its appearance on the Friendship 1 probe and on the enlisted rating emblems in ENT, that it was a UESPA insignia as far back as the 2060s. Given that Kirk said in the first season that the E was administered by UESPA, it seemed reasonable to assume the arrowhead represented the "UESPA fleet" and that the other ship insignias we saw represented other administrative divisions within Starfleet. As I said above, the European Space Agency provided the model for how early Starfleet could've been organized.

    If you're asking how I chose the specific patches: well, the IDIC for Vulcan was obvious. The Antares emblem from "Charlie X" was a good match for Tellar because of its hooflike shape and because I chose them to handle supply and shipping, which would cover freighters. The Constellation "pretzel" looked vaguely like it could be Andorian script, and I figured maybe Decker's ship could've been assigned more to defense than exploration, given his rather aggressive attitude. And the Exeter insignia was the only canonical TOS-era one left, so it went to Alpha Centauri.


    Initially, yes, but the book does explain why later Starfleet vessels all seem to conform to Earth design sensibilities.
     
  6. Charles Phipps

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    Sweet!
     
  7. Mysterion

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    Apparantly, it was never intended for there to be individual ship insignia in TOS, at least according to Mr. Justman:

    This memo was quoted in another thread elsewhere earlier this year, but I do not know it's source/origin beyond that.
     
  8. Christopher

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    ^Wow, that's very interesting. It goes against what fans have tended to assume for decades.

    From the date, he must've been referring to the Exeter insignia in "The Omega Glory" -- which makes me wonder why he didn't put the kibosh on the Constellation insignia in "The Doomsday Machine" months earlier.
     
  9. Mysterion

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    Well, most fans. I've been an advocate of this position for awhile now. And the whole "Starfleet adopted the Enterprise insignia to honor the ship" around the time of TMP has nver sat well with me, either.

    I'm sure he had to be a pretty busy guy. Must've just gotten past him before he could do anything about it.

    EDIT TO ADD: Here's the thread that memo appeared in: http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=200788&highlight=theiss

    See post #29. there is some discussion further down the thread speculating on what particular episode might have prompted Justman's memo.
     
  10. Christopher

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    Yeah, I hate that idea. It's rather insulting to the rest of Starfleet to single one ship out for special recognition. And it's mistaking our perspective as viewers for the perspective of people in-universe. We see the Enterprise as central because we're watching a show that chooses to focus on it. But it stands to reason that other starships and their crews are doing equally heroic and important things elsewhere, and are just as worthy of recognition.

    And of course it never worked as a theory, because we know from "Court-martial" that other ships used the arrowhead during TOS. And now VGR, ENT, and the Abrams movies have all given us instances of its use by other ships and organizations before NCC-1701.
     
  11. Mysterion

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    Exactly. It's a big galaxy, and surely there were other Starfleet crews out there doing amazing things as well. Fortunately, TrekLit has opened some of those doors and we've seen Vanguard and the like. This has helped the Trek universe seem a bit more real to me.

    Agreed. Besides, some of the insignia that folks were coming up with were just insane. To be fair, I've seen some really spiffy insignia generated by fandom, also.
     
  12. Ríu ríu chíu

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    I just think that the phrase 'Starfleet Marine Corps' sounds better, that's all. It may not be applicable in today's military but within the context of Starfleet, I think the phrase sounds better. And it would fit with Kirk's comment that Starfleet is a combined service.

    As for uniforms, my supposition is that the SFMC of the TOS era wears a black uniform. Same design we're familiar with, just in black. Don't you think that would look cool? ;)
     
  13. Mysterion

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    Ear of the beholder, I suppose. Just doesn't scan for me. I agree to disagree with you. :)

    All-black gets to be a bit too SS to my eye. How about the brown/tan shirted folks we see in ST5? That struck me as a good uniform for ground troop type personnel.
     
  14. Ríu ríu chíu

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    ^ If you're worried about black uniforms looking like the SS, wouldn't you also be worried about "brown shirts"? ;)
     
  15. Mysterion

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    You got me there. :) Realized what I typed about thirty seconds ago.

    In any case the brown or tan is much better camouflage in most situations, IMO, than the all-black would be.
     
  16. Ríu ríu chíu

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    ^ In an era where sensors can pick up life signs without visual, would camouflage really have any meaning?

    Any kind of camo that is designed to defeat sensors wouldn't have anything to do with color.
     
  17. Charles Phipps

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    Yes, but camo would still be useful in places where sensors aren't available or there's line-of-sight enemies. I imagine Starfleet would simply have people prepared for those sorts of operations.

    My personal theory for the "Starfleet isn't a military organization" boils down to Starfleet has defense as part of its mandate but things are so peaceful than it's about 30% of what they do versus diplomacy and science. The early TNG period being one where defense was REALLY considered bottom of the barrel work.
     
  18. Jarvisimo

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    In that section of the Federation, if we take The Wounded and Christopher's own The Buried Age into account.
     
  19. Charles Phipps

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    About 60% of why I'm in these forums is the Novelverse is so huge, it's nice to have moments like this where I get something talked about which intrigues me--so I know where to go next.

    Thanks.
     
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    Christopher, I like to contribute to Memory Beta, and i made some insignia representations based on your uniform designes. Would you allow me to add them to Memory Beta database?