Hey all – am finishing up my piece on the Yorktown class BB. Since it is sort of intertwined with the Baton Rouge, I may or may not go back to revise that one before my next posting. Either way, I’m hoping to get something up for your consumption this weekend. In the meantime, since the files to be finished/edited are on my desktop at home, I’ve started getting my thoughts & ideas organized for my Constitution class History project. Of the plethora of Constitution class orthos ‘admiral-horton’ has done over at DeviantART, I can safely say that at least half of them will get mention, if not as one of the production models, then as prototypes (of which there are 2-3 excellent ones).
This little mini-update though concerns an interesting find I ran across. Canon Fodder is an excellent site, affiliated with Ex-Astris-Scientia, that attempts to address a number of continuity issues within the (canon) Star Trek universe. An issue that is oft discussed and quite vexing is the size of Starfleet. This particular article I read attempts to provide at least a rough ‘guestimate’ by examining evidence from TNG , DS9, VOY (“Endgame”) and First Contact. It also raises the issue of starship registry (NCC) numbers, postulating that the size of the fleet may or may not have something to do with the rise in registry numbers (i.e. ‘1700’ vs ‘73400’ etc).
It also examines the issue of just how many people/beings make up the Federation, though the conclusion he draws there with regards to the fleet’s size is totally improbable.
Ultimately though, given the on-screen evidence and potential size/population of the Federation, the author logically concludes that Starfleet is a sizable organization with a vast fleet. Given the size/depth of Starfleet as an organization and the amount of territory claimed by the Federation (which only grows larger when you step into the non-canon/’fanon’ realms and start getting into various novels, fan fiction etc that is out there), an average of 45K ships doesn’t seem that improbable.
Give the article a read and decide for yourselves 🙂
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