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Which ship can go faster, the Millennium Falcon or the USS Enterprise?

I am quoting my argument here:

@Valorum You aren't getting my point. It's the standards I am talking about. Star Trek presumably uses standard Earth year (in the light year definition) which has 365 days, each day containing 24 hours, each hour containing 60 minutes or so. There are many ways in which distance denoted by light year in one universe can be different from that in another universe. Maybe, Star Wars uses 100 days year or second, minute definition is entirely different.

So, the Millennium Falcon travelling 70000 light years in a few hours could be equivalent to travelling 700 light years by Star Trek standards.

I am aware of this question: Star Wars Time Measurement and Dating Systems

But it doesn't address a thing. If there's no official statement saying standards are the same and all unit definitions aren't given in the canon, we just don't have enough details.

Also, from one of my answers:

There are other issues, too. We don't know for sure if physics and fundamental constants of both universes are same. And, I've a lead here. In Star Wars universe, there's this thing called "The Force" exists. What if midichlorians interact with photons to reduce speed of light in vacuum significantly?

How exactly is the community finding the common ground between both Star Trek and Star Wars universes to see the possibility of an objective answer?

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    None of such questions can be answered with 100% percent accuracy unless we make some assumptions. In this particular case it is reasonable to assume that the Starfleet and the Galaxy Far Far Away use the same measure for the speed of light. As one of the persons who voted to leave the question open when it came up in the close queue, I fully support the decision to reopen it. Your argument sounds a bit like nitpicking, and apart from it the question fits nicely under "Elephant vs. Terminator" and "Good Subjective, Almost Objective". – Gallifreyan Mar 23 '17 at 8:45
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    Is it a reasonable assumption? I now have this image of the Star Wars galaxy as being exceedingly tiny. Although it's hard to imagine a scale where the Enterprise is faster. – Z. Cochrane Mar 23 '17 at 10:11
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    'Keep reopening'? It was closed once, and reopened once. – Mithrandir Mar 23 '17 at 11:01
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    This question isn't asking about the Force or Midi-Chlorians. It's asking about the mundane aspects of interstellar travel. – Valorum Mar 23 '17 at 15:30
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    Required reading: Gorilla vs. Shark - a Longer Explanation – Valorum Mar 23 '17 at 15:34
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    If you think it's such a bad question, then you shouldn't have answered it... twice. – Molag Bal Mar 23 '17 at 16:50
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I can't speak for those who voted to reopen, but my personal opinion is that your argument is fundamentally flawed. What you seem to be saying is that there's simply no objective way to determine that what counts as a light-year in the Star Wars fictional universe is the same as a light-year in the Star Trek fictional universe. I'd argue that this approach is hypercritical.


In short, if you've found good reason to assume that they aren't the same then that would form the basis for an excellent answer of your own and you could encourage other users (via comment) to weigh your evidence when deciding to up or downvote other answers.

If you've found no reason to assume that they aren't the same, then your argument has no merit. It's not down to the questioner to prove every crackpot hypothesis that comes along before they're allowed to ask a question that compares fictional universes. They're entitled to assume that there are fundamental constants (time, date, distance, measure, etc) until you can show otherwise.


Purely for the record, it's worth noting that both Star Wars and Star Trek take place within a fictionalised version of our own universe.

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    My understanding (and personal rule of thumb) when reading questions for being on-topic or not is, we generally assume that Earth-like things that appear in the universe work like they do on Earth (units with the same name; laws of physics; human body; animals, etc) unless and until there's some reason to think otherwise. – KutuluMike Apr 5 '17 at 21:05

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