The Federation's ability to fight from FTL speeds is the deciding factor. The Empire has nothing to counter it.
I played D&D until I was 25 and I still play EQ2 online almost every night.
I have a large collection of the Star Trek collectors plates, action figures from TOS still in the original packaging, model kits still in the OP, box set of DVD from all the series except TNG, I have appeared in 3 amateur Star Trek films as a vulcan.
In high school, my two best friends and I were known collectively as "the Star Trek guys"
My nerdom is of epic proportions.
awesome Blackdog... Awesome!
I've been to one convention. twas awesome, didn't have anything to dress up in though.