Originally Posted by vuedoc
Originally Posted by Commodore
A lot of that has to do with how rarely we see other Starfleet vessels in Trek.
And a lot of that had to do with the original budget.
Actually, no it didn't.
If you look at TOS, there simply weren't many stories that involved other Starfleet vessels. It had nothing to do with the budget, but because the stories didn't require
them. The main focus of the series was on the Enterprise
being the only Starfleet ship out there where it was, a premise that was duplicated in TNG and ENT, and with the Voyager
in VOY. As a result, we never really saw a big
representation of Starfleet's might until DS9.