"That's the biggest piece of claimed space I've ever seen!" blurted Lieutenant Tom Paris as he and the rest of the senior staff stood gathered in Astrometrics. Before them on the huge screen was a grid displaying a particular area of space. Even though the grid had been scaled down dramatically, the mapped area filled the screen.
"That's why it's called an empire," said Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres, softening the gibe with a smile.
"Well, yeah, but -- wow! I mean, look at it!"
"Crossing through it, even at its narrowest point, will take several weeks. And circumnavigating it would take almost a year." Captain Kathryn...