- ST weaponry is not FTL, but any weaponry fired while in warp is already traveling at warp, and thus need not be FTL to catch another FTL ship.
- ST weaponry is FTL.
IMO, ST weaponry is most likely not FTL, and any instances of a ST ship at impulse firing upon and hitting a ship at warp are simply cases of very good FC.
This is as opposed to ST FTL travel, or "warp", which seemingly does allow maneuver and weapons fire.
I usually think of SW FTL as a kind of "wormhole" method, or something, whereas ST FTL travel is more of a "warping of space" method (thus, the name warp?).
And why is it only what the Empire/Feds have at the moment the conflict starts?
Are you trying to imply that either:
- The conflict will be over in so brief a period as to preclude any possibility of further developments, or.
- That the Empire/Fed would for some reason cease R/D when the conflict started.
Because IMO, it seems far more likely that both sides would attempt to adapt their capabilities to the situation, not just keep trying with the same crap, and considering the vast areas involved, it seems unlikely that the conflict would be over in a short time.
Thus, I was taking into account the apparent abilities of the two sides, and trying to predict what they would do.
Further, if you step outside your definition of “canon”, you can use this.