The Breen Attack On Earth

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' started by Into Darkness, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. Shik

    Shik Commander Red Shirt

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    It's the 3 most important things in business.
    Right. A single starship can devastate a planet's surface, but it's hard to do that when you're also fending off an attack. Also, I would submit that the Federation (& to an extent, the Klingons, Romulans, & Cardassians) have rules of war to kill people in a nice way that doesn't harm their little ethics. This is why the Klingons went apeshit over Genesis; why the idea of the biogenic weapons on Celtris III tightened Starfleet's sphincter; why the use of said biogenics by the Maquis (& later Sisko) was such a shock; why the Son'a using subspace weapons freaked out...Geordi, was it? eventhough they never signed the treaty; why the Jem'Hadar blowing the shit out of lifeboats, adding anticoagulants to their weapons, & basically being bioengineered drug-addict cannon fodder was so demoralizing.
     
  2. JD5000

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    Isn't the seat of the Federation government in Paris? That seems like a better place to start.
     
  3. EmperorTiberius

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    Because the planetary shields would just stop it much easier than a swarm of torpedos.

    lol people on here really believe that Earth was unshielded and that Breen weapons put a small dent into the San Francisco bridge? :rommie:
     
  4. Jono

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    I don't remember any mentions of Earth having planetary shields. The largest object I remember hearing having a shield was Ty'Gokor and it was a planetoid. Even then you could question whether they meant the entire planetoid was protected by the shield or jut the Klingon military HQ on the surface.
     
  5. King Daniel Beyond

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    When has Earth ever had a shield? Or any defences of any kind?
     
  6. DonIago

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    IIRC, they did have some sort of defense system in TMP that Vejur laughed at.

    Defenses are also alluded to in '09 when Nero tortures Pike.
     
  7. Bry_Sinclair

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    Sol had a defense perimeter at Jupiter and Mars by BoBW, I'd assume that Earth would have some means of protection as well--given its significance to the UFP.

    The Breen could've been cloaked until they reached orbit, dropped their cloaks and attacked. Very few Breen ships were said to have survived, it wasn't said just how they'd been destroyed, so orbital or surface-to-orbit weaponry could've been the cause.
     
  8. DonIago

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    For what it's worth, there is a story in "Tales of the Dominion War" that depicts a possible version of this attack.
     
  9. T'Girl

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    There was the insane people planet during TOS that possessed a planetary shield, so they do have them. For purposes of Earth everyday travel and commerce it probably usually down, but still there.

    And if a ship can have a defector beam to change the path of a rock "nearly the size of Earth's moon," then should not a major planet like Earth have one too?

    If only to handle a wayward asteroid in our own system.

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  10. EmperorTiberius

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    It doesn't have to be spelled out for the viewer, but assuming that there are no shields is crazy. Those shots from torpedos would destroy the entire city, or do you guys think that 2.5 kg of antimatter is equivalent of 500 lb airplane bomb as shown in that episode?

    That was just bleed-through damage, all Breen were annihilated in what amounted to a suicide attack.

    Betazed had defenses, there is no way Earth wouldn't. We even see the Earth security network in Homefront.