Korto wrote:However, I believe it is assumed for these things that both sides are aware of the others abilities, therefore the Empire knows about cloaks. To assume they wont be expecting such a ploy is to assume they are stupid, and as someone said in a book I read "Any plan that relies upon the stupidity of your opponent for success is a bad plan"
3) So before all this we send in a "traitor", maybe from the well-loved Section 31. He will have as full as is reasonable information about (1) and (2) for a well-placed starfleet officer, which he wants to sell for money and power in the new government. He also has extensive knowledge about the Klingon, Cardassian, Romulan, etc, fleets and locations, (more on this later). Ideally he's a shapeshifter, or at least some other race with a natural edge for espionage. His actual job is to somehow destroy the wormhole from the Empire side, seizing a ship, rigging one on a routine pass through to explode, something. He doesn't know about...
Implausible. Surely the Empire will run background checks. Oh, and put security around their ships. If there's a Force-sensative agent in the fleet, they may see through it too.
If you get Odo to do it, there may be a very slim chance of success, just because of how damn versatile his shapeshifting abilities are. Its still a hell of a long shot though.
4) A number more of cloaked ships, coming in on different vector, including a few hiding amongst the battle fleet in the hope of using the fire and fury of the battle to blind any ways of detecting cloaked ships (risking getting hit by a stray turbo laser or phasor, but what can you do?)
Not a bad idea. I would try to secure Klingon/Romulan collaboration in such an attack.
5) Any phase-cloaked ships able to be put into space. It may be a prototype, it may not work, but lets give it a shot. It may be best to send these soon after the battle, when the Empire assumes that's it for a little while and they're cleaning up.
No, send them in during the battle.
6) Do attempt to approach Q, and any others of these demi-god races. Who knows? Maybe Q would like to see Picard dance naked down the main street.
We could also try persuading Janeway to sleep with him in exchange for closing the wormhole.
7) Prepare for the aftermath. Even if we win, Star Fleet will be almost destroyed, something that the Cardassians, Romulans, etc, are sure to notice. This is why the "traitor" gave info on their fleets (the stranded Empire ships might want to destroy the threat to themselves).
Given that the "cloaked ship" part of the plan requires the help of some of these allies, that seems a poor way to repay them.
However, the crews on the initial (doomed) armada were as skeleton as possible, and as many veteran officers and crew replaced with novices as possible without lowering performance too much to be credible.
Is that wise?
We want our best crews for this mission, not a bunch of Ensigns fresh from the Academy.
Sisko as the CO, or if this is after he's gone, Admiral Ross or Picard. Enterprise leading the attack. Veteran Borg/Dominion War crews.