GrahamKennedy wrote:They often act like destroying the "hero" world will destroy the whole society - everyone acts like the Federation will instantly collapse into chaos if Earth is lost, and the Praxis thing was said to have left the Klingon Empire with "fifty years of life left to it". Just one of those odd little conventions of the show.
I don't think it would destroy the society honestly. Destroying Earth will wipe out Starfleet HQ, the Federation Council, Starfleet Academy and would be a huge moral blow to the Federation. But the Federation would still survive as there are other worlds just as important as Earth (or at least as politically powerful). This is unlike the monocultures like the Romulans and the Klingons where they would have a limit and possibly smaller population than the UFP. I mean in order for the Klingons and the Romulans to keep up with Federation member worlds and total population they would have breed even faster than rabbits.
You could argue that the Romulans and the Klingons probably have slave worlds with huge populations but I doubt destruction of those worlds wouldn't be as effective as the destruction of Romulus or Qronos.