Could the Fed have renegotiated the Treaty of Algeron...

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by M.A.C.O., Jun 23, 2014.

  1. M.A.C.O.

    M.A.C.O. Commodore Commodore

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    Eh comparing one city being destroyed to a whole planet isn't a strong enough parallel. If say the contiguous US was destroyed and all that was left was Hawaii, Alaska, and the US territories (Guam, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico); America could not operate from any point of strength to enforce it's treaties. The US's dealings with Russia (over Nuclear Nonproliferation, the crisis in Syria, and in the Ukraine), Iran (Isreal conflict and Iran's pursuit of nukes), Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korean etc. The balance of power would shift to much on the planet and America would not be in any position to enforce it's agenda or retaliate for infringed trusts and treaties. Seeing America's weakness, countries who were opposed to America's agenda would presumably move right along with their own agendas without fear of recompense. America's allies would rally to protect it, but with how disengaged Europe and Eastern nations are with the crisis' in the Middle East and the former USSR countries. I doubt they would get involved to support America's affairs in those matters.

    Bringing this back to Star Trek; yes the RSE would still exist but I don't think they'd be in any position to retaliate on the Fed if Starfleet began deploying cloaking technology on their ships. Losing a planet would be tough, and we don't know enough about the planets that make up the RSE. Are they Romulan colonies or are they Romulan territories annexed through conquest and siege?
     
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  2. grendelsbayne

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    You're assuming that the rest of the Empire is somehow unimportant (or at least potentially disloyal). It's not out of the realm of possibility, sure, but it seems unlikely that an Empire propped up by only a single star system could become such a threat to the federation. Regardless, your assumptions are really no more or less valid than anyone else's.

    I would say that your 'contintental US' analogy is ridiculously overblown - at most, i expect it would be more or less like the destruction of 1 state (certainly one of the larger, more strategically important ones - maybe New York, California or Texas) which would be a very large blow to the US, but certainly not an apocalypse that would instantly invalidate all american influence in the world. Moreover, the Romulans were actually implied to be more or less allies by the time of the supernova, and the Federation would not suddenly demand that its allies renegotiate all their treaties just because they were the victims of a catastrophe that weakened their political position. That's the kind of thing you would expect from the Ferengi or the Cardassians.
     
  3. M.A.C.O.

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    Thinking about it now my original example may be too extreme. I was trying to articulate what losing a main country would be like with only territories left to represent it on the world stage. Maybe shrink it down to the Eastern seaboard. The 13 original colonies/states and Florida.

    We've seen from TNG, DS9 and NEM that the Romulan home world is the head of the Empire. The power being with the senate and the military. Assuming that the bulk of Romulus' military and all their political leaders were wiped out by the supernova. That alone would leave a massive power vacuum within the RSE.

    I think about TUC and how desperate the Klingons were for a peace settlement when Qo'nos was slatted to be uninhabitable. And how militant members of Starfleet and the representatives of the RSE sought to seize advantage of the Klingons weakness. Recall that Admiral Pressman (who was Captain Pressman at the time) conducted experiments into cloaking technology that were sanctioned by certain people at Starfleet command and Starfleet Security. That more militant wing of Starfleet could hypothetically advocate for revived cloaking research and development or just continue doing it in secret.

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    I have more to say but I can't find the words atm. I'm dealing with a massive migraine and will add more later.
     
  4. grendelsbayne

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    I agree there are elements of Starfleet that would potentially push for such. I disagree that the Federation Council or the Federation President would allow it under the circumstances. (Just as they did not allow it in TUC)

    And, considering how much advanced warning was given it seems ludicrous to suggest that the bulk of the Romulan military was just sitting parked in orbit of Romulus. Obviously everyone was counting on Spock to stop the supernova, but only an idiot would just assume everything would work out. Evacuations would be underway. The Senate would likely have priority. Even if some of them elected to stay for whatever reasons, SOME of them will have escaped. And I rather doubt the military keeps that large a percentage of its forces posted in the Romulus system to begin with.
     
  5. M.A.C.O.

    M.A.C.O. Commodore Commodore

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    ^ You know what we need? We need more information about the Prime Timeline post-Romulus' destruction. We waited 4 years between ST09 and STID. We could've had 4 seasons of a new show during that time. Hell by the time STXIII comes out in 2016, that'll be 7 years/potentially seven seasons of a show. But no. Instead we have to sit on our hands for new movies about a new timeline. We only have comics, books and games like STO to give us incite into what is happening in the Prime Universe.

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  6. Kevman7987

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    It's a shame that we have no canon look into the the Prime timeline 2380-2387, then Hobus Nova onward...

    Hell, they could have made a 7 season show about Riker and the Titan with the Hobus Nova going off in the series finale.
     
  7. varek

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    I've read that Gene Roddenberry did not want the Federation "sneaking around." Thus, no cloaking devices for Starfleet vessels.
    I agree that the Federation should take the high road and do everything out in the open. We don't know for sure, but Starfleet Intelligence may have utilized cloaking technology on numerous occasions. Such operations should rightly remain classified.
     
  8. Bry_Sinclair

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    I'd suspect war. Starfleet would never get their cloaking technology off the ground the Romulans launched their attack. All they would need to do is be willing to sacrifice 100 or so ships with skeleton crews: cloaked ships entered UFP space, travel to systems which have with a member planet or key base, shut off the containment field around their power cores and unleash the destructive power of artificial black holes. With the UFP and Starfleet in chaos, they'd just have to either pick-off the stragglers or demand their total and unconditional surrender.

    Well that's how I'd plan the attack, if I was Supreme Commander of the Romulan Fleet.
     
  9. Bry_Sinclair

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    That'd be a better series pilot, with a whole new ship and crew dealing with the fall out of the nova and the collapse of one of the major powers of the galaxy.
     
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    The Pocket Books novels are now into late 2385. The Hobus Supernova should be coming up soon in the novelverse.
     
  11. Kevman7987

    Kevman7987 Captain Captain

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    Ooh. Your idea is better. It could be quite the political thrller...
     
  12. T'Girl

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    Big reason I favor a TV series over a movie series.

    More content.

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  13. tavor

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    if the romulans only allowed the fed 1 cloaking device under the treaty ,whats the story with all the cloaked mines laid by the defiant to blockade the wormhole
     
  14. C.E. Evans

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    It may indeed have been a violation of the Treaty (or possibly a bending of it). Another possible violation was the cloaked Federation holoship in Insurrection.
     
  15. M.A.C.O.

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    I forgot all about the cloaked holoship and the mines. Makes me wonder if the Feds rules with cloaked tech is to not employ them on starships. However, I keep coming back to how lax the Romulans were with the cloaking device they loaned for the Defiant. Makes me think the Romulans don't really care, and only threaten retaliation as a way to intimidate the Federation.
     
  16. C.E. Evans

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    In TNG's "The Pegasus," it was stated that per the Treaty, the Federation agreed not to develop cloaking technology at all. But there are at least five instances in which the Federation did utilize cloaks (the Starship Pegasus, the aforementioned holoship, the concealment suits in Insurrection, and the "duck blinds" on both the Ba'ku planet & Mintaka III).
    I think the Romulans knew every single thing the Defiant did and everywhere it went (cloaked or uncloaked)--either through information willingly volunteered by the Federation per their agreement, or covertly by the Romulans' Tal Shiar. I also think that after the Dominion War ended, the Defiant's cloak was uninstalled and returned.

    The Romulans may not know about the Pegasus, the holoship on Ba'ku, and the use of cloaks for the various duck blinds...but the Federation might argue that (with the exception of the Pegasus) those were more instances of holographic technology than true cloaks. Holograms may be easily detectable via sensors while cloaks aren't.
     
  17. Bry_Sinclair

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    You could get into some right gritty, meaty stories, from dealing with refugees, the collapse of the political structure and the power vacuum it caused, different sides vying to fill it (from hardline military officers, to a Tal Shiar operative with their own agenda, a pro-UFP group with ties to Spocks former movement, isolationists wanting to cut off all outside interference, the bastard bloodline of a former Emperor), plus Klingons rattling sabres and looking to take advantage of the turmoil, etc.
     
  18. T'Girl

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    Star Trek: Game of Thrones.

    While a political Star Trek series wouldn't be my first choice, my objection to such would be having a show depicting how lovely and sweet a stale utopian Federation is.

    A show about a continually contentious Federation membership who didn't really like each other, but stayed together owing to the barbarians at the gate, would be interesting.

    And might have a easier time getting on the air.

    :)
     
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