What if Voyager wasn't and Intrepid Class starhip
What if Voyager wasn't an Intrepid Class starship but was actually a Theurgy Class starship? How do you think the events in the the Delta Quadrant would have played out for the crew of Voyager?
Lets level the playing field a little by taking into account the reduced staffing, an Intrepid Class starship had a standard compliment of 200 personnel, Voyager left with 141 crew members and then gained 12 more from the Maquis. That means they were at 70.5% staffing of their intended crew prior to absorbing the Maquis crew.
Now the Theurgy Class can hold a standard compliment of 110 officers and 760 enlisted for a total of 870 Starfleet personnel, lets apply the same 70.5% reduction and that gives us 77 officers and 536 enlisted for a total of 613 personnel.
I personally believe that the MVAM would have given them a huge advantage in both resource gathering and security. However the reduced staffing may have made its operation more difficult with less personnel to manage systems, plus given what we know about the species in the Delta quadrant, hijacking one of the sections of the ship could have been a little more easy. The Theurgy Class has the advantage of maximum speed of 9.995 over Voyagers 9.975, but Voyager had a smaller frame therefore making it more agile than larger ships.
I look forward to everyones thoughts and opinions on this, I have been thinking about it a lot this past week since starting with this SIM.