Soldier of Entropy wrote:
I could be wrong but if I remember right the Federation is so massively outgunned as for this to be a non-issue.
Definitely not true. I did some more research on the Halo Wiki and found that, for example, Warp is almost certainly faster than slipspace (see http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/Slipspace
Several portions of Ghosts of Onyx
indicate that Covenant warships are capable of traversing significant swaths of space, perhaps the full length of the Orion arm (the Covenant colony Joyus Exhultation, which lay beyond the edge of human space to Onyx, for example) in well under a day. If that is the case, slipspace travel is vastly faster than the swiftest Starfleet vessel. However, the actual distance between the two worlds is never stated, and other examples of Covenant FTL are equally nebulous, so the matter is still unclear.
I am sure the UNSC would be interested in an alliance with the Federation, though. I mean, think about it. Phasers and photon torpedos would be at least partially usefull to their ships, and especially hand phasers (the UNSC has no beam/energy weapons) plus, with warp, it could be the edge they need over the covenant.
What good are beam weapons if they are an order of magnitude less powerful than what the Covenant, and in some cases the UNSC itself, employ? Besides, Covenant shields are specifically designed to repulse energy weapons; that's why human technology is effective at all.
Finally, since all signs show a defeat is coming, or at least very posssible, they would probably be interested in the idea of escaping to the Star Trek universe. This thread was not meant to just talk about a direct conflict; any outcome is fair game for discussion.
That, at least, would be something worth considering, assuming that the Covenant didn't discover the transition and decide to follow.
Also, I said it was right next to the Bajoran wormhole. Dominion, anyone?
Even assuming Dominion intervention would significantly aid the Federation's cause, which it probably wouldn't considering known firepower disparities involved, what would induce them to fight? They're not exactly know for their charity or compassion for human kind.
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