You know nothing divides Star Trek fans more than the two newest Star Trek movies by JJ Abrams. Even discussions of canon are more civilized! But we are all Star Trek fans and so IDIC is the rules that should govern our lives: Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations. JJ Trek may not be for you, but it certainly has revitalized Star Trek.
The first JJ Star Trek movie established that JJ trek takes place in an alternate timeline, and the rest of Star Trek takes place in what has become known as the “Prime Universe”. And while Axanar takes place in the Prime Universe, we use cues from JJ Trek. First, we used some of the starship designs from Star Trek (2009) as the basis for our Starfleet ships. We resized them (JJ ships are HUGE in comparison to the Prime Timeline) and we retrofitted them with our nacelles, but my feeling is that the timeline would develop similar ships that close to the Narada event, and so that is how we got our Starships. We also use the pulse phasers at times. That is because we feel these things would exists in both universes.
I saw Star Trek 4 times in the movie theater, more than any other movie (I Saw Star Wars 3x in the theater when it first came out). And while not a perfect movie (don’t get me started on that engine room) I loved that the movie brought Star Trek back into the mainstream and gave it a jump start.
So you will always find us talking about Star Trek, what we like and what we don’t, but we all have the right to have our favorites. Just be respectful to those whose opinions differ from yours!