Hi all. First off, before I begin, I'd like to say that although the Romulans' military power in comparison to the others is worth discussing as well, I personally think it is already slightly better established - at least between the Federation and the Romulans. For example, it's made clear in a fair number of TNG episodes that any serious conflict (such as a war) between the Federation and the Romulan Empire would be disastrous, presumably for both sides. This implies they are roughly on an equal footing. So there's not much doubt there. As for whether the Klingons and the Romulans are equally matched to each other or not, that is less clear. Any thoughts on this would be interesting. Here's the meat of the issue I have, though. The Klingons' military power in comparison to that of the Federation is never really talked about much. Now, one could say that this is because it's a non-issue, given that they are allies in the TNG era and onwards (apart from that brief period for a year or two in DS9). However, this is a problem when it comes to one particular episode. I'm talking about Yesterday's Enterprise. This is something that has always bothered me, mostly because the reasons for it are never really made clear: in Yesterday's Enterprise, the Klingons are on the brink of defeating the Federation. What are the reasons for this? I don't remember it ever being explained. As for how it relates to the 'normal' universe, one could say that the brief conflict between the two powers in DS9 pretty clearly establishes that they are evenly matched, unless I'm remembering that incorrectly. But it's still never made entirely clear throughout any of the series which of the two is more or less powerful. In a nutshell, and bringing back the Romulans here as well, I find it hard to believe that all three powers are simply at almost the exact same level militarily speaking (in terms of both quality and manpower), because it just doesn't make sense - with territories that size, there would have to be differences, surely? Also, we know their ships are most definitely not always evenly matched. Hopefully should make for an interesting discussion.