Re: Star Trek: Destiny Book 3: Lost Souls - (SPOILERS) That caught my attention as well. It might be because the attacked Romulan sectors and worlds were low-population. It might also be because the terrifying superweapons that the Romulans have shown themselves ready to develop and use were used rather promiscuously against the Borg with some effect. ("No, stable main-sequence yellow dwarf stars don't naturally hyperflare ...") 42 billion is 6% of 697.5 billion. So... Think about that. Six percent of the Federation exterminated in a matter of weeks. In point of fact, when Bacco asked about the death toll just prior to the Borg invasion fleet hitting its first targets, Admiral Akaar said that they had estimated the death toll to be around 30 billion -- meaning that slightly more people died in the 12 or so hours that that invasion fleet was active than died in all the weeks leading up to that. 3% of the Federation died in the course of twelve hours, and 6% in the course of just a couple of weeks.[/quote] If the Federation's information culture is anything like the early 21st century developed world's many of these holocausts would have ben broadcast live. Way back in 1994, in Peter David's The Siege, Bashir mentioned that in the last hours before the arrival of the first Borg cube the Earth was in a frenzy of fear. I remain as impressed as Bacco that the worlds of Sol system remained as calm and dignified as they did when faced with an overwhelming genocidal force, especially when they would have had access to the last broadcasts and communications from Deneva and who knows how many worlds.