Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Which Is More Technologically Advanced?

Dan Helyer Updated 09-06-2020

There are three topics that should never be discussed at the dinner table: religion, politics, and the relative merits of Star Trek vs. Star Wars.


While any debate around the two great science fiction franchises tends to get passionate, we’re going to approach the subject as logically as Spock would. We aren’t going to talk about which canon is better—it’s obviously Star Trek—but instead, we’re going to focus on whose cannons are better.

Let’s take a look at the technology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars and decide which is better…

Space Rules

Han and Chewy going into lightspeed

Before diving deep into this debate, it’s important to set a few ground rules.

We aren’t experts as far as either series is concerned. Instead, we’re going to rely on the work of far more enlightened minds: forum users. Star Trek vs. Star Wars debates have taken place over countless forums for years, so there’s plenty of material to dive into.


Generally, what was considered canon before Disney acquired Lucasfilm and before J.J. Abrams rebooted Star Trek is going to be admissible here as well.

Also, what is shown is going to be favored over what is said. On Quora, Rom Lokken explains that a Star Wars Star Destroyer is reported as being able to generate power equal to one percent of the Sun’s energy output. This is ridiculously inconsistent with the actual observed performance of Star Destroyers in the films.

“For those crying foul,” Lokken writes, “a Star Destroyer that needs that much power (to create the abilities displayed) would represent the most fantastic inefficiency ever conceived.”

One major complication is that, while Star Trek writers at least attempted to create plausible explanations for the technology, Star Wars does what it wants by throwing in random technobabble. When taken alongside the Force, it’s easy to see why some fans consider Star Wars to be an epic space fantasy rather than a science fiction tale.


With all that in mind, let’s dig in.

Androids and Droids

C-3PO linked up to a computer

Star Trek and Star Wars both feature great robot characters: C-3PO, R2-D2, and Data are all fan-favorites. C-3PO is a yellowish droid who talks a lot, while Data is a yellowish android who talks a lot. So far, pretty similar. But unfortunately for C-3PO, his tech just isn’t up to scratch.

C-3PO was pieced together from junk parts by a crazy kid, whereas Data was carefully designed and created by a mad scientist. Data also has the advantage of being “fully functional,” hyper-intelligent, and an integral part of the Enterprise crew. C-3PO gets in the way, while R2-D2 is little more than a gun sight on wheels.


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Star Trek: 1
Star Wars: 0

Medical Facilities

Luke prosthetic hand in Star Wars

This one’s another simple call. If the Skywalkers lived in the United Federation of Planets they wouldn’t need to worry so much about losing their limbs. Yes, they’re able to get them replaced with cybernetics, but Bones would probably be able to reattach the originals.


Some of you may like the idea of bionic upgrades, but we’d prefer to keep our real arms and legs.

Everything short of instant death—don’t wear a red shirt!—seems to be curable on the Enterprise. With technology like tricorders that can instantly diagnose almost all ailments, Star Trek takes this one with ease.

Star Trek: 2
Star Wars: 0

Ships and Engines

USS Enterprise in space

This one is interesting. Warp speed on Star Trek ships uses a matter/antimatter reactor versus Star Wars ships which use comparatively lower-tech fusion and fission reactors. Looks like another easy victory for Star Trek, no? Perhaps not.

The issue is in the actual performance of the drives. ST-v-SW.net places the fastest speed achieved by a ship in the Star Trek universe at around 21,000 times the speed of light, with slower ships maxing out at around 9,000 times lightspeed. However, most ships probably cruise at something around 2,000 times the speed of light.

In the Star Wars canon, the fastest ships come in at around 16,500 times lightspeed, which is slower than Star Trek ships. But the typical cruising speed is around 11,000 times the speed of light, which is much faster.

So, although the fastest Star Trek ships may be capable of greater warp speeds than Star Wars ships, the average cruising speed of the Federation is slower.

Outside of lightspeed drives, Star Wars loses its edge. The Empire’s Star Destroyers are shown to be ponderous beasts, slow to maneuver in real space, unlike the USS Enterprise and other Federation ships, which are practically capable of pirouetting on a dime.

Therefore, we’re going to call this one a tie. Star Trek gets points for the more advanced drives, faster warp speeds, and maneuverability. While Star Wars takes it for average speed, which would be more important most of the time.

Things are heating up.

Star Trek: 3
Star Wars: 1

Photon vs. Proton Torpedoes

Photon torpedo from Star Trek

Weapons are another controversial topic. Boba Fett’s ship, Slave 1, is described as having 64,000-gigawatt lasers and 190 megaton missiles. In contrast, the puny Enterprise-D only has a 3.6-gigawatt main gun and 64 megaton missiles. This is where Rom Lokken’s rule from earlier kicks in.

“Some of the energy readings suggested for Star Wars laser weapons would instantaneously vaporize any unshielded craft, not to mention the atmosphere in between them, in rather spectacular fashion,” he explains. “Nothing in the physical behavior of these weapons supports these values.”

With that established, the case becomes a lot more clear-cut. In his Quora article, Lokken devotes several paragraphs to explaining all the ways in which Star Trek weapons are superior to Star Wars weapons.

“Weapon tech is also no contest. Photon torpedoes travel at warp speed. This means they are unblockable by SW vessels whose reaction time is such that skilled humans can provide superior guidance as compared to their computers (thus their manual firing). Photon torpedoes are matter/antimatter devices whose yields have been described as being able to wipe out cities with a single torpedo. Proton torpedoes are sub-light (and slow) missiles that can destroy city blocks.”

Lokken is equally decisive on the subject of lasers.

“Without going into the difficult discussion around energy outputs of beam weapons. ST beams are computer controlled, use the vastly superior Trek sensors and computer systems and have output that has been described as being capable of destroying the entire surface of a planet. Turbo lasers (save and except the Death Star) have limited firing arcs and while incredibly numerous are dramatically limited by poor fire control and range.”

We have to give it to Star Trek again.

Star Trek: 4
Star Wars: 1

Sensors, Shields, Replicators, and Transporters

Holodeck in Star Trek

When we started working this article, we thought the Star Wars franchise would put up more of a fight. Instead, we’re combining sensors, shields, transporters, and replicators into a single category to avoid an absolute massacre. All four technologies broadly deal with detecting or manipulating energy. In every case, Star Trek wins out.

The sensors on the Enterprise are orders of magnitude better than anything in the Star Wars universe. Starfleet sensors can scan ships trillions of kilometers away, while ST-v-SW.net concludes that Star Wars scanners seem to be limited to a few hundred thousand kilometers.

Star Trek scanners can read the DNA of opposing crews, while the best offered by Star Wars could only determine that Yoda wasn’t a Wookie.

Although shields are a huge part of the USS Enterprise’s capabilities, Star Destroyers in the Star Wars universe don’t have anything comparable. An X-Wing wouldn’t be able to get through a Starfleet ship’s shields, but can easily get close enough to the Death Star to destroy it.

Star Trek society is post-scarcity. Replicators mean you can create anything anywhere. Poverty and hunger don’t exist in a meaningful way anymore. The opposite is true in the Republic and, later, the Empire. Slavery, hunger, and poverty are all seen in Star Wars, making this another easy win for Star Trek.

Transporters in Star Trek are actually very similar technology to replicators and, once again, Star Wars has nothing of the kind. Kirk and his crew can beam anywhere they want on a whim, while Han Solo is stuck slogging along in his rust bucket.

This is another very easy win for Star Trek. Especially as there are so many Star Trek-inspired home gadgets The Best Smart Home Gadgets for Star Trek Fans For those of you who've ever dreamed of using holodecks, replicators, universal translators, or just having the lights turn on automatically when you get home, your time has come. Read More resulting from all that impressive technology.

Star Trek: 5
Star Wars: 1

The Force

Yoda using the Force

The Force is one of those aspects that really takes Star Wars away from being science fiction. Its pseudo-religious undertones and unexplained properties make it very difficult to compare with anything in Star Trek.

Take lightsabers, which only a Jedi can use as they’re reliant on a person’s ability to use the Force. Are they technology? Or are they just magic swords? If they’re technology, then they earn Star Wars a point for having cooler close-combat gear than Star Trek.

But if they’re magic, we’re inclined to dock the series a half-point because it hardly counts as a technological advancement. It doesn’t make a lot of difference to the end result here since Star Trek is already so far ahead, so let’s give Star Wars a point for the Force.

Star Trek: 5
Star Wars : 2

So, Star Trek vs. Star Wars… Who Wins?

When looking at just the technology of Star Wars vs. Star Trek, it’s really no competition. With over double the points, Star Trek takes the trophy. Live long and prosper.

This is the bit where you get to tell us how wrong we are. Of course, we had to skip over lots of different technology from both Star Wars and Star Trek. But there’s only so much we can discuss in a single article and comparing the two series is definitely an art rather than a science.

If you want to revisit each franchise and compare them for yourself, take a look at our breakdown of the different ways to watch the Star Wars movies Watch Star Wars Out of Order to Make Everything Better In what order should you watch the Star Wars movies? Here are your various options to help you find the best order for you. Read More for the best possible experience.

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  1. Denise Robles
    June 22, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    I never got the SW film that focused on clone wars, which seemed totally horrible (cloned soldiers - slaves really) but treated casually by Lucas.

  2. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    June 20, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    lol wtf? Guys, it's not a big deal! Why is everyone fighting?

  3. Darin
    June 11, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    I don't think we are comparing apples to apples, the one thing to remember is the opening line of Star Wars is 'A long time ago in a galaxy far far away' whereas ST takes place in the future. Like Ton Jacobs said, SW had lightspeed way before ST, who knows what else SW have developed or improved since then.

  4. Ton Jacobs
    June 10, 2020 at 6:46 am

    A long time ago in a galaxy far far away. Star Wars. And those guys had lightspeed way before Star Trek...

  5. Ed S
    October 10, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Where did you get these numbers?
    The Star Wars galaxy is roughly the size of our own with a radius of about 50k light years. Tatooine is in the Outer Rim and planets like Coruscant and Alderaan are in the core region, comparably in next quadrant over to use the Star Trek system. Tatooine is roughly about 45k ly +/- from the galactic center and Coruscant and Alderaan are roughly 10k ly from the center, which means that IF these places were inline with the center it would be roughly a distance of about 35k ly. At that distance, according to your figures, it would’ve taken a ship like the Millennium Falcon more than 2 years to make the trip from Tatooine to Alderaan while traveling at max speed, yet they somehow managed to do the trip in a couple of days at a leisurely pace as Han barely seemed to be taking Obi-Wan and Luke seriously. Meanwhile in the Star Trek Universe, it would’ve taken the USS Voyager 70+ years to travel a little over twice that distance at a maximum sustainable speed of about Warp 7 since there is no way that ship (or space itself) could handle speeds over Warp 9 for long, let alone at their theoretical maximum . 1 year per 10k ly in Star Trek vs. maybe 1 day per 10k ly in Star Wars. The reason for the difference comes from the different methods of travel within Sci-fi (including in Star Trek). This is due to the amount of energy and strain placed on ships and space while traveling through real space reaches infinity the faster you go, (warp drive ships travel through and warp real space) while traveling through another space such as sub-space, wormholes, transwarp conduits, hyperspace, slipstreams, space folds, jump-drives and such removes such limitations. The Next Generation era of Treks do a good job of explaining that.

    As for sub-light speeds? Well in space, speed is relative. You could be moving at 10,000 km per hour but, only 35km as it relates to another object’s speed, such as another ship. Mass also plays a factor in trying to get a ship up to its captain’s desired speed. As for maneuverability? While flip-n-burns are a real thing, the Enterprise’s ability to do a 180° turn on a dime in the space of a second or two is about as realistic the Falcon’s ability to do the same. Inertial dampeners are another tricky issue shared by many sci-fi franchises.

    • Who Cares
      April 12, 2020 at 5:11 am

      "Kid, I've been from one end of this galaxy to the other...." -Han Solo. A relatively young Han Solo had been from 1 end of the galaxy to the other. It would take Voyager 75 years to travel 75,000 light years. Anakin Sky walker chased down General ? (forget his name) to the outer edge of the galaxy + did some fighting while he was there, then returned back to Coruscant (which is located at the galaxy's core) in a few months. Star Wars ships seem to be 1,000s to 10,000s of times faster than ST ships.

    • Denise Robles
      June 22, 2020 at 1:10 pm

      I wouldn't argue with this guy, that's for sure!

  6. Cde
    December 22, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Transporters and cloaked ships. And quantum torpedoes. A single cloaked shuttle can transport a warhead through star wars ships or stations and be done with it. Their superior sensors and computers would make it childs play.

    • Who Cares
      April 12, 2020 at 5:01 am

      This is if someone with the power to control the "Force" didn't detect a disturbance in the Force & simply control the mind of the Star Trek captain & make them self-destruct their own ship.

  7. Steven
    September 6, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Let's keep it real, The First Order can blow up an entire galaxy in seconds. Then a Sith Lord coukd enter the USS Enterprise and kill everyone.

    • Will
      May 5, 2019 at 10:38 am

      Mostly agree with you except for A.) The forcewhile coached in quasi religious over tones of the Jedi order not all force users are religious and arguably even Spock, Councillor Troy etc could use the force. B.) the lightsaber originally could only be activated by force users but when the crystals became there power source that changed, in the stories stormtrooper kill squads are armed with light sabers to hunt down jedi. Force users are just better at using them probably the ability to see micro seconds into the future like Anakin used to help him pilot podracers, but without the force assisted blaster bolt blocking a light saber is just a short range potentially self lethal weapon (Give me a good blaster any day) the Death Stars Super laser is powered by these same crystals and it doesn't take a jedi to use it. C.) As for ship speed it traces Janeway decades to cross the galaxy while the Emporor travels from Coruscant to I believe it was Malistar halfway across the galaxy in less time than the fight lasts between Anakin and Kenobi and tiny probe droids span the galaxy in days. D.) While phasers do seem a lot more powerful than turbo lasers the big kicker is ion cannons. Ever wonder what happens to an anti-matter reactor when it's containment field is suddenly gone or in the case of the Romulans micro black hole power core, not pretty. E.) An Interdictors multiple gravity well projectors can pull a ship out of hyperspace and so would almost certainly collapse a warp bubble leaving a S Star Trek ship with just impulse drives which are basically docking thrusters while the Empiere ships can do .5 above light without entering hyperspace. F.) Yes C3PO is awkward and clunky but then he is a protocol droid meant to speak languages and be non threatening to all species, R2D2 is an astromech. IG88 while clunky looking would probably kick the crap out of Data and besides Data was a unique (with exception of Lorn) model created by a super genius. Does Star Trek even have droid tech.

    • Robin Halligan
      June 14, 2019 at 6:40 am

      one thing Q

      • Honshu
        June 10, 2020 at 5:47 pm

        Exactly Q!, All he has to do is smile, and poof there goes your precious galaxy and all its lifeforms in it. Gone.

        Anyone for seconds?!

    • Honshu
      June 10, 2020 at 5:46 pm

      Introduce Q, he will smile and your Precious Galaxy and all life in it is PoOf!

  8. You’re wrong
    June 12, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    “One major complication is that, while Star Trek writers at least attempted to create plausible explanations for the technology, George Lucas did what he wanted by throwing in random technobabble.”

    Sorry, but I stopped taking you seriously right here. “Random technobabble” is a far more accurate description of Star Trek than Star Wars.

    Also, I have talked to some astrophysics professors who say that the Star Trek TNG writers would call them and ask how this or that scientific phenomenon worked, and when it was explained, they’d say “that’s interesting, but it doesn’t work for the plot we have planned out”.

    I like Star Trek, but it makes me cringe when people try to claim it’s realistic.

  9. Patrick Dooley
    December 17, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    If you were to put the force or "force users" in this discussion, then the closest thing you could compare that to would be the Q or the traveler and even that would be an unfair, Trek wins again.

  10. TWR
    November 25, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Nicely done :)

  11. Apolo Felipe Garcia Holanda
    November 15, 2017 at 1:47 am

    This article is bullshit!

    • kitsy
      December 3, 2017 at 4:30 am

      Why? If your going to make a statement like that at least support it. Infact the writer of the story was being gentle. Star wars ships like tie fighters... are limited to about 1200kmph in atmosphere. it doesn't have or use any boosters or anything... so when its heading into space, it does so at... 1200 kmph... yep, poor thing takes an hour to get into orbit... heading back to planet... same problem, tie doesn't have any shields, doesn't have heat shielding... so again... it has to slow down so it doesn't burn up, and fly into the atmosphere at under 1200 kmph. next comes its maneuverability. well of course any g-turns harder then 9+ are going to risk pilots blacking out.. but wait, doesn't it have inertial dampeners? "Inertial dampeners are used to compenate for gravatic effects on passengers, these are found on larger ships. The Millennium falcon is the smallest ship to mount an Inertial dampener or commentator up until the creation of the x wing. Yes, the tie fighter, and none of the fighters before it such as the jedi star fighter, etc have them. so they are all limited to the g-forces the pilots can handle. This is the way Lucas wanted it. He envisioned WW2 fighters, flying at 300mph in space... with people in ball gun turrets manually tracking them and shooting at them. dog fights at 1km range.. no long range missiles, entire fights that could be watched out the window of large battleships. So thats what the tech supports.

      • You’re Wrong
        June 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm

        Note: SW = Star Wars, ST = Star Trek

        While TIEs are pretty slow in low-atmosphere flight, most trek ships can’t even enter atmosphere at all, so that’s advantage SW if anything.

        Also, TIEs not having acceleration compensators is bullshit, because they canonically accelerate at 4,100 G’s.

        Plus, do I even have to point out that you literally just used the crappiest ship in all of Star Wars as your example?

        Also, Proton torpedoes have a range of at least 80 km (the radius of the Death Star 1).

        Also, most battles in Star Trek are also fought at very slow speeds and very close ranges, so idk what point you’re trying to make with that. Of course there are some exceptions, but there are exceptions in Star Wars too.

        As for the article itself, most of it IS bullshit.

        1. Androids: Data does seem more advanced than most SW droids, but this article leaves out a crucial point; the federation can’t build more Data’s. Even Data’s own creation met a foul and premature end. Data is the successful experiment of an insane mad scientist, and it is totally unfair to compare these things like he is the standard. Plus, Star Wars droids are not actually inferior to him, just more specialized. While a protocol droid may not be as strong or mobile as Data, Data certainly doesn’t know 6,000,000 languages, and probably can’t extrapolate languages from simply hearing them for a few minutes like 3PO did in Return of the Jedi. And while an advanced IG series droid may not be as smart as data, it would probably destroy him in a straight-up fight.

        Point Star Wars.

        SW:1 ST:0


        ST has this one, but this is basically the only thing the article has right.

        SW:1 ST:1

        FTL Speed:

        The site this article cited is wrong. Star Wars ships can travel at millions of times the speed of light, and can even leave their galaxy (the planet kamino is a halo star of a Sattelite galaxy).

        SW:2 ST: 1

        Sub-light engines:
        ST ships are more manuverable, but SW ships are faster in a straight line (the imperial fleet swung around Endor, a gas giant, in less than a minute, and cane to a complete stop, showing ridiculous acceleration).
        SW: 3, ST: 2

        Turbolasers > Phasers. There, I said it. Also, when this analysis compares proton and photon torpedoes, it fails to take into account that proton torpedos are carried by SW FIGHTERS, while photon torpedoes are carried by ST big ships, so this is an inherently unfair comparison.

        SW:4 ST:2

        Weapons of mass destruction:
        Star Wars wins easily. The federation doesn’t have the heart nor the ability to create WMDs on the scale of the Death Star or Starkiller Base.

        SW:5, ST:2

        Sensors: Trek ships’ sensors are superior, but only because they are built for exploration and discovery, while in SW most of the galaxy has already been explored, and there’s no reason to put an over-the-top weapon systems on a warship. As long as you can see and target your enemy, it doesn’t matter.

        SW:5 ST: 3

        Shields: Both are pretty effective, but have stupid weaknesses mostly there for the sake of plot.

        SW:6, ST: 4

        Transporters and replicators:
        I’m limping these together because they’re basically the same device used for different things. Anyway, it doesn’t look like SW has them, so point ST.

        SW:6, ST: 5

        Hand weapons: blasters are more powerful, but phasers have more utility. I’m calling it a tie.

        SW:7, ST: 6

        Ground vehicles: Star Trek has ONE, and it’s a stupid Jeep with a terrible firing arc. While SW vehicles aren’t great, at least they have them.

        SW:8, ST: 6

        Industrial Capacity:
        This one’s a stomp. After Wolf 359, the federation thought it would take them around a year to rebuild to full strength, after losing only 40 ships. Even if it takes an extremely long time for the empire to build Star destroyers and less than 1% of the planets actually build them, the Empire would recover in under a week.

        SW:8, ST: 6

        Orbital bombardment:
        Phasers can be set to wide beam for AoE or tight beam for drilling. SW weapons basically just make things go boom. Point ST.

        SW:8, ST: 7

        Communications: ST uses subspace communication. In SW, subspace Communications are their BACKUP, and are so slow that a ship can arrive before the communication does. Their main systems can communicate intergalactic distances instantaneously.

        SW:9 ST:7

        I’m sure I’ve missed a lot, but you get the idea. It’s a lot closer than this article let’s on, and if anything it leans the other way.

        • fake
          June 20, 2018 at 4:05 pm

          I half agree… but that also means I half-disagree.
          I'll try to make this brief, and so wont reply to your points I completely agree with

          - Androids:
          I'd argue that Data is more advanced than the SW droids, but I agree that using Data is unfair, as he's a unique case, not the standard. However, looking at the technology used in droids, then you could consider The Doctor (from ST:Voyager) to be comparable to droids, and all his AI, holo-emitters, sensors, etc. all in something smaller than can fit in your hand, seems far more advanced than any SW droids (and I'm not a fan of ST:Voyager, but I'm pretty sure they can mass produce them, unlike Data).

          - Sub-light engines:
          Swinging around Endor in less than a minute is far slower than ST's full-impulse (about 1/4 lightspeed). For example, at that speed, you could travel between the earth and the moon 12 times.

          - Weapons:
          A hand-phaser can vaporise a person, the worst a hand-blaster has been seen to do, is make an Uncle-Owen-skelington.
          As for torpedoes, I think ST shuttlecraft (comparable in size to Y-wings) had them too. Large ships don't tend to have the same weapons, but on a proportionally bigger scale, they tend to have more of them.
          - WMDs:
          If this was about what each side has/uses, then SW would win, but this is about technology, and ST has the technology to create subspace weapons (but they're illegal, so they don't), which could be used from a normal ship (i.e. no moon-sized death station), and could wipe out a solar system in a single shot. An Omega-bomb could wipe out a sizable portion of a galaxy, but they're from ST:voyager, so I don't care about those. A single Genesis torpedo could wipe out all life on earth.
          Also, this should still be under "weapons", not have it's own point.
          - Hand weapons:
          Should just be the same category as weapons.

          - Ground vehicles
          Yes, lets compare series that spend 99% of their time in space, by looking at their ground vehicles :P

          - Industrial Capacity:
          It's true that the empire can build ships faster... because they're about 1000x bigger than the federation. But this isn't about size, it's about technology. But if you insist on using industry as a category for comparison, how long does it take SW to create a hand weapon? A few weeks maybe? Now how long does it take ST; "replicator, one phaser, earl grey, hot"; about 5 seconds.

          - Orbital bombardment:
          This is the 4th category you've made for weapons, so I'm just going to leave it.

          So ignoring the non-tech related categories, and changing points as per my above comments, you should be looking at something more like-
          SW:2 - ST:6
          (SW - communications, FTL)
          (ST - Androids/AI, medical, sub-light, weapons, sensors, energy manipulation [transporters/replicators])
          * shields are too complex, and possibly a draw, so no points either way)

        • You're wrong
          June 26, 2018 at 7:20 pm


          WMD's, hand weapons, and Ship weapons should be kept separate at minimum. Lumping them together would be like lumping together hand pistols, heavy artillery, and nukes, which just doesn't make sense to do. They are clearly vastly different. I guess you could argue that Orbital Bombardment could be kept with starship weapons though.

          Droids: Star wars has holographic doctors too, so i don't really know why you think this is a win for ST. and if we're talking about holoprojectors, SW has a holoprojector that can project hyper-realistic disguises over multiple people from miles away, through walls and shields, and it's small enough to hold in your hand. SW has superior robotics and comparable AI, giving them the win. In fact, the AI is probably superior too, given the federation uses Binary for most of their systems, while star wars uses a more advanced system (C-3PO uses "Binary" as an insult, and only forklifts and farm equipment still use binary).

          Sublight: Well, swinging around a gas giant like that requires speeds on the order of 0.1c, or a tenth the speed of light. Even Executor can reach these speeds. For executor's engine systems to be inferior, it would have to weigh less than 6.25 (2.5 squared) times more than the Enterprise, and it CERTAINLY weighs orders of magnitude more. In fact, Executor has 13 engines, and since it definitely weighs over 81.25 (6.25*13) times more than the Enterprise, one of Executor's engines is superior to the Enterprise's entire impulse engine array. Also, I've never seen the Enterprise go at .25c, much less achieve that speed in under a minute, so no-go. SW sublight engines are vastly more efficient than ST sublight engines.

          Hand Weapons: we know that blasters can change their power settings like phasers. And when you actually think about it, why would you use the highest settings on people? as long as they die, it doesn't matter. with that in mind, blasters have done far more impressive things than vaporize a person - one shot vaporized the metal grate in A New Hope, and shots often kill or maim people just by hitting near them in SW.

          Starship weapons: if we include orbital bombardment into this i'm willing to call it a tie.

          WMD's: Omega isn't Starfleet tech. also, the nova weapon in Generations was viewed as very powerful, and the Klingons couldn't build one on their own, so i doubt the federation could build something of that caliber either. Not to mention, the Death Star is FTL capable, is more than a 1-time use weapon, is very effective at intimidation, can target individual capital ships, and double as as a large battleship in combat (it has a lot of guns).

          Ground Vehicles: star wars definitely doesn't spend 99% of its time in space. In fact, one could easily argue that the ground battles in SW are more important than the space battles. oh, and even if they weren't, that still wouldn't negate the utility. I'll be nice and count it for half a point.

          Industrial Capacity, you have a point, but it definitely doesn't take a "few weeks" to build a blaster. One factory line on Geonosis was pumping out a droid every 2 seconds or so, and each B2 is armed with 4 blasters. however, their ability to nearly complete the DS2 in only 6 months speaks to me of some sort of very high technology, as this is something the federation probably couldn't manage to do, even if they had the resources (they don't). Even though it seems pretty clear that there is definitely tech here, i'll disregard this one.

          so not counting ties, it's:

          SW: FTL, Droids, Sub-light, Communications, WMD's, Ground vehicles
          that's 5.5

          ST: Medical, sensors, energy manipulation
          that's 3

          Ties: Hand Weapons, Starship Weapons, shields
          that's 3

          so it's 5.5 plays 3 or 8.5 plays 6 depending on whether or not you count the ties. even if you wanna disregard ground vehicles entirely, SW still wins by 2 points.

        • Jorge Marañón
          February 15, 2019 at 6:32 pm

          - Androids:
          ST doesn't really have them on regular service like SW. I agree, Data is one of a kind.
          Point to SW (1).

          - Medical:
          Agreed with the article.
          Point to ST (1)

          - FTL Speed:
          Yes, in SW we can see the rebel fleet hiding at the edge of the Galaxy, their speeds are superior.
          Point to SW (2).

          - Sub-light engines:
          ST vessels are way faster and maneuverable, big ships are capable of dog fighting each other, no big ship on SW can do that.
          Point to ST (2).

          - Ship to ship weapons:
          Even shuttles from ST can carry photon torpedoes, that makes them a lot more dangerous.
          Phasers are targeted by computers and they have great accuarcy, it takes an excellent pilot to fool a targeting system from ST, while Turbolasers and others from SW are aimed manually.
          Point to ST (3).

          - Weapons of Mass Destruction
          While the Federation isn't a genocidal organization like the Empire, it doesn't mean they can't destroy stuff when they want to. In ST there's a compound called trilithium, when launched with a probe, it can destroy a star and subsequently all planets on a system.
          Point to ST (4).

          - Sensors:
          No need to argue.
          Point to ST (5).

          - Shields:
          In SW you can crash a fighter into a Star Dreadnought's bridge, while ST ships can cope with a few blows from photon torpedoes, also SW vessels have external shield emmiters that can be knocked down, unlike ST where their shields have to be put down by force or align phasers to their frequency to get through.
          Point to ST (6)

          - Transporters and replicators:
          No argue.
          Point to ST (7)

          - Hand weapons:
          Both weapons can be set to stun, however:
          Blasters are often heavy and hard to aim (Storm troopers tend to miss a lot), phasers on the other hand are light, easy to aim and multi-purpose weapons/tools. You can set them to a wide spread and hit everyone in a room with a single shot, they can be used to heat rocks for survival purposes, cut metal, or even set to overcharge and explode.
          Point to ST (8)

          - Ground vehicles:
          SW has a great variety with speed or power to choose.
          ST doesn't really need them, they can beam troops anywhere, so ground vehicles are really unimportant for them.
          I call this is a tie, because when ST has trouble beaming people, SW would get the upper hand.
          ST (9) SW (3)

          Industrial Capacity:
          It is really not the same to have superior technology over greater numbers. ST has great industrial replicators that can build ships and parts on an instant, however SW has the numbers and even entire planets dedicated for building (Empire slaves?).
          Point to SW (4).

          I agree, SW seem to have better capabilities.
          Point to SW (5).

          Non-tech abilities:
          SW has the Force, ST has a large number of species capable of doing unexplained and almost supernatural stuff. Like the Q's but they are unaligned and unpredictable.
          It really comes down to how common they are among the regular characters.
          At the time of the SW's Republic, Jedis where numerous (although rare by comparison to the total population) and more would be trained every year. ST's Federation, their allies and opponents don't really have that level of talented members among their regular members, let alone an organization that trains more on a regular basis.
          Point to SW (6) because Jedis can return eventually.

          Total Score:
          Star Trek: 9
          Star Wars: 6

        • skittles
          February 23, 2019 at 3:26 am

          you all keep saying ST can destroy a whole system in one shot but neglect to mention the sun crusher, a snub fighter sized ship with resonance torpedoes.....torpedoes fired directly into a system's sun causing it to go supernova thus destroying the entire system in one shot. You may call it a tie but I'd say it's a win for SW since not only is it in a fighter, but the damn thing carries MULTIPLES of the torpedoes and can withstand the g forces of a sun, since that is where it was hidden for awhile.

        • ZEL
          August 22, 2019 at 12:54 pm

          I'd like to make a comment about speed. SW uses hyper space "conduits" which is unknown to ST. once ST figures that out then the game changes as SW can only maneuver at sublight in normal space whilst ST can make very complicated maneuvers at many times light speed (remember Kirk "pivot at warp 2"). This would allow ST to make run after run after run on a SW vessel at speeds so great the SW human gunners would be forced to "porcupine", locking down their guns in one direction and keep firing hoping to hit something. Which side tracks to the point that SW destroyers have NO weapons on the bottom or rear of the ship. Who thought THAT was a good idea? i mean 1 photon torpedo up the exhaust port and their done.

          Also to the point of the ION cannon, it would totally devastate a ST ship IF it could get past their shields. Where as on Hoth an ION cannon totally took a SW destroyer, which was arrayed for battle (ie shields up).

          Sensors: has it occured to anybody that since SW ships can't travel FTL in normal space they never would have developed FTL sensors? This means ST could cruise in at warp 2 and be completely invisible to the SW bridge crew . the SW ships would never know what hit them. also a ST sensor web (something ST engineers would be totally capable of developing) would give them real time information on all SW vessels. That type of intelligence alone would be a total game changer in any campaign.

          As to the death star/planet, what about a ST cloaked ship transporting a photon torpedo into the reactor core of the SW target ship. that seems like a no brainer to me.

          As to the force let's not forget how greatly advanced ST medical is. I remember ST episodes where on one planet, a substance in the water allowed people to move about so fast they were unseen to everyone else. they also developed an antidote allowing them to return to normal speed. in another episode an injection allowed them to harness tremendous telekinesis abilities. Which we forgot to add the the ST arsenal. imagine a ST boarding party traveling so fast they couldn't be seen and able to rip entire bulkheads apart with their mind. What 'cha gonna do now SW's. And since we know the force comes from a physiological component, Midi-chlorians, ST medical would have no problem in creating force users far stronger than Vader or Skywalker.

          The bottom line here is that ST is FAR more adaptable than SW. and given their technology which is way past bleeding edge anything SW has, I really don't think it's much of a contest.

      • Will
        May 5, 2019 at 10:50 am

        The Falcon could do .5 above lightspeed a TIE is even faster, faster than an X-Wing though not as maneuverable and it didn't take hours to enter an atmosphere otherwise no fighter or bomber would ever make it through ground defense's. I'm surprised you didn't mention the noise the noise made by Tie fighters in space...