Star Wars and Star Trek share not only similar names, but arguably similar fandoms. Many times, fans have an appreciation for both–or a professed hatred for one. A key feature of these universes is technology. Whether or not one universe is technologically superior to the other is a subject of great debate…
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Technological Superiority: Star Wars vs. Star Trek
The Empire vs. the Federation, the eternal debate. Which civilization is technologically superior?
Star Wars and Star Trek share not only similar names, but arguably similar fandoms. Many times, fans have an appreciation for both – or a professed hatred for one. A key feature of these universes is technology. Whether or not one universe is technologically superior to the other is a subject of great debate.
- Both sides come with heavy artillery of the concentrated light variety, but if it comes down to The Force versus the Vulcan neck pinch, is there any contest? Hint: mind control trumps squeezing a neck between your fingers.
- WINNER – Star Wars: Lightsabers, Blasters, The Force Signature Weapon: Lightsaber
– Creates a beam of controlled pure plasma that can cut through nearly anything.
– Used by the elite warriors of the Jedi or Sith, they hold a highly prestigious status.
- Star Trek: Phasers, Photons/Stun Grenades, Vulcan Neck Pinch. Signature weapon: Phaser particle gun.
– Fires particle beams of nadion particles (some are plasma guns, utilizing forced plasma beams.)
– Able to cut through hulls and shields.
– Adjustable effects allow heat, disintegration, kill, cut, and stun.
Fighters and Vehicles
- The smaller fighters and ground units resources are clearly more developed on the side of The Empire. Ground combat with drones, tanks, and behemoth AT-ATs are common sights in SW gilms whereas person-to-person combat is virtually that exists in ST.
- WINNER – Star Wars: Tie Fighters
– Carries dual blaster cannons and has Twin Ion Engines for superior maneuverability.
– Empire also has ground units including AT-AT and AT-ST walkers.
- Star Trek: Attack Fighter
– Equipped with photon torpedoes, pulse cannons, ship mounted high-energy disruptors, and particle accelerators.
– There are no notable ground vehicles other than those employed in infantry-based encounters.
- Comparable strength of engines and weaponry are what warrant these two ships facing off. The advantage is in the hands of Slave-1 with both speed and firepower on its side.
- WINNER Star Wars – Slave-1
– Main guns: 64,000GW
– Missiles: 190 megatons
– Sublight accelerator: 2,500
– “There’s no star system Slave 1 can’t reach, and there’s no planet I can’t find. There’s nowhere in the galaxy for you to run. Might as well give up now.” – Boba Fett
- Star Trek – Enterprise-D
– Main guns: 3.6GW
– Missiles: 64 megatons
– Sublight accelerator: 1,000G
– “Let’s make sure that history never forgets the name… Enterprise.” – Captain Picard
Weapons of Mass Destruction
- The Star Wars and Star Trek universes have roughly equal WMD’s at their disposal. The Death Star is a moon sized space station with an unfathomable laser-beam that the Borg are futile to resist, but the Vulcan Red Matter is more covert and packs a wallop.
- TIE – Star Wars: The DEATH STAR BEAM is roughly 20,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 megatons (that’s 20 billion trillion.)
– Fun Fact: The “Tsar Bomba” of the USSR, the most powerful bomb ever detonated, was designed to carry an explosive force of 100 megatons.
- TIE – Star Trek: BORG TACTICAL CUBE boasts multi-faceted engagement capabilities, beam weapons, tractor beams, and pulse weapons. It functions as a space sation and its HQ is comparable to the Death Star.
- RED MATTER is capable of summoning a black hole under excessive heat or pressure. It was only produced once by the Vulcan scientists. Black holes have unknown destructive properties but can absorb nearby planets and stars.
- Despite there being a mere 27 starships present for The Empire’s most important battle in Return of the Jedi, it is said to possess hundreds of thousands of planetary systems and even creates its own moons. The Federation is blatantly dwarfed.
- WINNER Star Wars: Galactic Empire
– 1,000,000 total planetary systems
– 1,500 – 100,000 members
– 10,000 light-year diameter territory
– 2,000 trillion persons population
- Star Trek: United Federation of Planets
– 1,000-5,000 total planetary systems
– 150 members
– 8,000 x 6,000 light years
– 2 trillion persons population
It appears that the empire has resources aplenty–The Federation can only pale in comparison. Where do your allegiances lie?