Deepcrush wrote:The longest standing leader of the Empire in history, leading it to the height of its power, solidifying its alliance with the Federation and end two generations of conflict. Not much of a problem there.
Who was assassinated shortly after the Romulans started showing renewed interest in galactic affairs.
Possible, however its just as possible that the Federation will aid the recovery of the KE.
Sloan, who seemed to have his head screwed on much better than the somewhat idealistic Starfleet bunch (even the Sisko) didn't think so.
There's a lot of possible outcomes, however the ten year is the only canon statement so we should stick to it as much as possible.
Agreed in principle, but I think you also have to take into account the fact that the Klingons suffered much more heavily in taking on the combined DCB fleet alone than they would have as part of an FKR fleet against just the Dominion and the Cardies.
The only way to improve industrial capacity would be ground invasion.
Neither the UFP or RSN have the forces required to begin invading KE worlds.
The UFP is showing definite improvement, but I agree that they still have a lot of work to do. This will affect their ability to do what needs to be done, not the underlying requirement.
As for the Romulans we know precisely squat about their ground capabilities, so you've got nothing to base your assessment on.
Its not the adjustment that would be the problem, but the time required to deploy across the whole of the UFP/RSE border. In most wars the greatest trouble isn't the battle but deploying for it, this issue wouldn't be any different.
They're already deployed - the only problem would be having to go in alone rather than as part of joint FKR fleets.
Worf pointed out that Gowron was wasting ships to try and discredit Martok, not that Gowron had destroyed the KDF as an effective fighting force.
The Klingons would have been on their knees even before those losses, per Sloan. While Worf's specific intention was to insult Gowron's honour, the fact that he was causing the KDF to sustain unsustainable losses stands
That the RSN was the fleet in need of help at the end of the war and not the KDF speaks volumes.
The Romulan element of the fleet in that action was taking the brunt of the fight. That's not the same as suffering unsustainable losses on a strategic level.
Important not so much but no doubt helpful. Where numbers would likely play would be on the RSNs attempt to advance from system to system. The KE has a class of ship that can be built in fantastic numbers not just in shipyards in orbit but planet side as well. Given the weakness of RSN shields, having to advance against cheap ships that may spend much of the day ramming you as well as orbital defenses which the Klingons seemed fond of really puts a harsh turn on any invasion attempt.
I agree that the Klingons' orbital defences would be the major threat to any advance, but their inability to take advantage of any stalled advance to launch a major counteroffensive swings the advantage back towards the Romulans. It's like Cassino - Kesselring stopped 15th Army Group's advance dead, but he didn't have anything approaching the forces needed to counterattack and throw them out of Italy.