Teaos wrote:Few bigger, rather than many smaller. Easier to counter fewer attacks. The attacks would cause more damage but would be easier to respond to.
Great - bring as many ships as you want. It helps to have them all in the same place so you can smash the lot of them quickly.
Doesnt mean the Romulans arent equally crap. Federation is full of Vulcans who are Buddhist Romulans.
Sela was pretty confident that an entrenched Romulan force on Vulcan would be exceptionally difficult to dislodge, and neither Picard nor Data made any attempt to contradict her. The Romulans are as about as similar to to Vulcans as Chimpazees are similar to Bonobos
The only way the Romulans come close to matching the federation is with the advantage of cloak and sneak attacks. Take that advantage away and it would swing more in favor of the Federation.
That and the fact that their most commonly-seen warship can slap around the most powerful ship the Federation has.
So while the intial strike would be devestating maybe, the smaller numbers of ships and the inability to hold positions and occupy territory while cloaked would be much easier for them to be countered.
Bollocks. 1) We don't have solid numbers on the size of the Romulan fleet. That it's smaller than that of the Federation is a reasonable assumption, but by what degree is a complete unknown. 2) They can hold territory as well as any Fed ship. Better, indeed, as the fear of a cloaked ship would be as effective as the actual presence of one as a deterrent.
I would call the Cardasian ships pocket battleships more than cruisers, heavily armed and armored for their size.
A pocket battleship is a cruiser, and if you think they're "heavily armed and armoured" even for their size, I suggest you watch them in action again. In The Wounded they were completely ineffective against both the E-D and the Phoenix, even with their shields down.