Beyond the Lore/flavor what are the designed strengths/weaknesses of the races?
The lore for the mod itself is still a WIP though i cant help but to think STO "borrowed" our ideas for post tng Klingon lore since it is strikingly similar. Except in our lore Worf eventually returns to the empire, rally's the remnants of house Martok, and others opposed to Kodan, defeats Kodan (in epic personal combat that rivals Khaless vs Molar), and finally becomes Chancellor/Emperor. This time he wont pass it on to someone else.
We were planning on guides for each faction. ill give the general idea.
Federation: Balanced all around jack of all trades faction. Strengths are Diplomacy (culture), Fast research, and Strong ships that are multipurpose. The multipurpose ships are also its weakness, because they have very few ships that "specialize" in a certain aspect (Anti-Borg abilities for example).
Klingon Empire: Strengths are Economy, A selection of cheap, fast, weak hull, but heavily armed ships, with Powerful elites. They can swarm, and overwhelm you in sheer numbers, and replace their lost fodder units (brel ktinga d-10 etc.) very quickly. However their elite units like the Negh Var are very expensive, and are not so easily replaced.
Romulans: Strength is stealth, and specialize in hit, and run. All combat units can cloak (just wish the AI would use it). They use more older ships (100+ year old) than the rest of the factions, Along side new state of the art ships. This is because during the 1st Dominion war the Romulan navys DDeridex fleets was almost decimated. They brought many older ships out of mothballs to fill the void in their fleets. Including the 22nd, and 23rd century BoP's, and the old D-7's they acquired in past tech exchanges with the klingons. Do not underestimate the older units. They have all been fitted with state of the art weaponry.
Dominion: Strengths Most powerful elite units. 2nd only to the Borg elites. However they have weakest fodder units (the Cardassian battle thralls that will rebel at 1st oppertunity). Breen specialize in disabling units.
Borg: Strengths They are the most powerful faction in the game. Their only "weakness" is slower research time than the rest of the factions. If you allow the Borg to tech up to Cubes it is pretty much game over unless you can find a way to overwhelm them. You need more than one faction to defeat a single Borg faction.