Could it be that CBS tries to stop Axanar because it wants to tell the same story or at least elements of the story-arc, that is a pre-TOS war between Klingons and Federation, and regards it as a rival or at least a confusion? I mean, the registry number and design of the Discovery as well as the Klingon-influenced music in the trailer point in that direction. Plus, when Fuller said: "You look at what J.J. Abrams did with that 2009 movie, which reinvented Star Trek in such a wonderful way and claimed that territory. So we had to strike new ground that had Star Trek in its DNA at a fundamental level. To make a commitment to the fanbase, who are aware of Star Trek and its iterations—both the shows that made it to the airwaves and the ones that didn’t. So it felt like a really nice way to let the hardcore Star Trek audience know that I have their backs." Talking about hardcore Star Trek fans, is this a reference to the generation that grew up in the 70s and early 80s, during the Star Trek void when there was only FASA and a movie every couple of years, the heyday of kitbash-fandesigns and Starfleet Battles enthusiasm? The one generation which the makers of Axanar belong to? And the same time the McQuarrie design dates back to? More than that, CBS also asked Tommy Kraft, creator of Horizon, to refrain from shooting a prequel to his story set on a starship called Discovery. At least they are into the game of clearing the path for their new show. Please do not comment on Alec Peters and Axanar productions. There are other threads for this. This one here is strictly about plot-speculation.