Unification Invasion

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  1. Anwar

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    The Neutral Zone is only 2 hours away from Earth, meaning Vulcan probably isn't that far from Romulan Space either.
     
  2. RAMA

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    The invasion was ill-conceived strategically, however, it MAY be possible that 2000 troops could occupy a planet as long as they had orbital and air support. It helps that Vulcan probably dismantled most if not all it's own military force after it joined the UFP. Unfortunately such an invasion would be untenable in the face of UFP reinforcements.

    It's very likely that a company of US Army troops from 2012 could defeat a German division from WWI...a period of roughly 94 years. We're talking 24th century technology, almost 400 years in the future...with a rate of change that is moving even faster than previous eras.
     
  3. Timo

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    Not stated, but both this episode and STXI make it look as if getting from Romulan space to Vulcan takes no time at all - and ST:FC makes it look as if getting from the RNZ to Earth takes very little time, too. That is, hours rather than the days involved in going to DS9 and back.


    But basically the UFP is already accepting that the Chinese control Mexico, Canada and and Cuba. And now they are more or less getting Texas or Florida rather than Montana. These pointy-eared bastards have always been very close neighbors to Earth and Vulcan, it seems...

    ...But only until the RNZ was redefined to also encompass Vulcan.

    Besides, it's not as if Romulan ships outside the RNZ would have really triggered any wars in TNG or DS9. Including the ones that fired on Starfleet vessels or installations.

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  4. Tulaberry whine

    Tulaberry whine Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    In the DS9 episode Homefront Earth was left defenseless after a group of academy cadets sabotaged the planet's power supply grid, so it's certainly feasible that the 2,000 troops on the transport ships were some kind of strike team sent in to neutralise the planet's defences, etc via sabotage or special ops before a much larger invasion force went in.

    I guess in the 24th century with planet-wide systems this is a much more feasible way to invade a planet. Of course, this doesn't really explain how the Romulans planned to hold on to the planet - the logistics would have been mind boggling.
     
  5. Finn

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    We sort of did in Voyager, when Seven was forced to go back to the Borg when the Queen threatened to destroy Voyager if she didn't.

    We saw hordes of Borg cubes enter orbit over some planet, destroying about everything and assimilating natives.
     
  6. Timo

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    That's sort of different, though, as the Borg want to give their personal attention to every inhabitant of the planet. A more conventional invasion force would not be interested in individuals, but in crowd control - and while a single Drone can only assimilate a couple of dozen individuals per hour, a single infantryman could plausibly hold tens of thousands of people hostage.

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  7. Knight Templar

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    Nations sometimes do launch invasions that have no military chance of success.

    Just look at the Argentine invasion of the Falklands in the 1980s.
     
  8. T'Girl

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    And if Vulcan kicked the federation to the curb, how many other members would depart with her, or soon after? It would not be hard to imagine that Vulcan was responsible for the entry of many of the federation's members. Through the diplomacy and reasoning of Vulcan ambassadors. How many would follow the Vulcans into their new alliance. After all was said and done, there simply might not be any federation left in the area between Vulcan and the RNZ.

    Earth/Vulcan would have been at the core of the federation in it's (the federation's) early days, and the Romulans would have been near that core. But as the federation grew, the old core's distance to the Romulans (and the Klingons) would have stayed the same.

    Any growth would have by necessity been away from the Romulans/Klingons. The growth would have been "asymmetrical."

    Over time, the old 22nd century core of the federation would be off to one side, and not in the middle of the 24th century federation.

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  9. Timo

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    Hmh? It was the British retaking of the islands that had virtually no chance of success. Thatcher decided to attempt anyway; had she faced that invasion just twelve months later, Britain would certainly have lost the islands, as the Royal Navy would no longer have had amphibious warfare vessels capable of operating across two oceans.

    Quite so. And even though ENT featured contact with Klingons, it didn't actually suggest border conflicts yet; the Romulans would be the closer enemy of these two.

    Although one might also speculate that when Archer's heroes dispersed the Delphic Expanse, this rearranged national borders overnight, and saw both of Earth's expansionist neighbor empires engage in a conquest and expansion spree that brought them closer to Earth than ever before.

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  10. Knight Templar

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    No.

    It was Argentina that had virtually no chance of success. Because

    1) Their military was little more than an internal police force which had spent a decade torturing and murdering people inside Argentina itself.

    2) Argentina figured the British would not fight and made no preparations for the British retaking the islands. Argentina knew that if the British fought, that Argentina would lose.

    Especially as it was an unspoken truth that if the British got in trouble, the U.S. would send a carrier battle group and win the war for them.
     
  11. Lt. LaForge

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    Was thinking the same. Timo really has a heck of an imagination, doesn't he?
     
  12. Timo

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    But the thing is, the US had no interest in helping in this particular case. Better have the British knocked down a peg or two, and get rid of that (to the US) strategically worthless island cluster that would always hobble Britain's credibility due to its immense vulnerability.

    And as said, the Royal Navy was almost incapable of taking back the islands, amounting to very little more than this "corrupt police force" you speak of. Without US help, there would be no reconquest unless the intrepid and the Fearless could sail; and if they couldn't sail, there certainly wouldn't be US help, as this "British" operation would cease to be a British one...

    Timo Saloniemi
     
  13. Knight Templar

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    The U.S. helped the British massively in any case with fuel, weapons, munitions, intelligence, et cetera.

    No way the U.S. would ever have allowed the British to be embarassed.

    If for no other reason, the U.S. needed British support in their hard line in Europe with the Soviet Union. In particular the coming deployment of 572 nuclear missiles to be deployed in Western Europe in 1983 (including 100 or so in Britain).