In point of fact, there are real-life examples of situations akin to the Treaty of Algeron. Look at the USAF's B-1 Bomber. The aircraft was designed for a payload of 24 nuclear tipped cruise missiles. So configured, if the balloon went up during the Cold War the Russians would be screwed like a Mexican hooker considering just ONE AIRCRAFT had the ability to hit 24 targets with nuclear ordinance-and we initially built 100 of them for service during the late 80's. This troubling fact was not lost on the old Soviet Union, and as such one of the treaty concessions of the last START talks was permanently modifying the B-1 Lancer's frame to deny installation and use of those nuclear cruise missiles. They haven't been flown on a B-1 aircraft in over 20 years , and yet to this day Russian inspectors hop on a jet and fly over to US bases for a treaty-mandated inspection to ensure the blocking partitions are still in place. Awesome capability though it was , the U.S. Military has somehow found a way to survive without it. In looking at the TOA, we must remember that a cloaking device isn't a perfect weapon. Its just another technical tool , subject to tactical limitations and drawbacks. As Kirk's engagements in STIII prove, just because you have a cloak doesn't mean the other guy can't hit you first. To wit, we also have to wonder what use a cloaking device would serve for a Starfleet dedicated to exploration and scientific research. The primary purposes of the Romulan and Klingon imperial fleets is military defense and conquest, and their equipment reflects this mission. The primary purpose of Starfleet ships is NOT military operations, although in the event of emergency action this is a role that can be adopted. Not every Captain in the fleet ends up solving exotic problems Kirk and Picard regularly deal with, so for 99% of the benign Starfleet a cloaking device has about as much daily relevance as a fallout shelter.