This ship would make more sense if it was what Voyager looked like at the end of Caretaker. Also, Janeway and Chakotay should have had a fight to the death to decide who would be Captain. They would kill each other and Seska would be Captain.
Never cared much for this ship class (although of course, your rendering is impeccable as always!) To me it doesn't show enough differentiation from the basic Intrepid design to warrant a unique shipyard setup; if it was a thrown-together-fast-design-to-stand-against-the-Borg sort of thing, seems like they would keep churning out bigger numbers of fewer designs, rather than spread construction resources over a lot of "kitbashes".
That to me was always the biggest flaw in TNG/DS9/VOY era Trek (well apart from the awful Voyager writing), the designers never really thought through what the organization of the fleet should be and created ships to fill roles; instead they just through stuff together to give the impression of a diverse and very big Starfleet. (Star Trek Online is even worse with the variants, but it's off in its own pocket universe.)
The DS9 vs. B5 argument has been around for twenty years and will likely persist for twenty more. I think each show had its strengths and weaknesses and neither was by any means perfect. I loved both, still watch both, but can see the flaws in both.
That said we'll have to agree to disagree on Voyager's respective quality - it had its moments to be sure, but overall I thought the writing was the worst of all the Treks, save for the first season or so of The Next Generation. Voyager could have been absolutely outstanding had they dared to tell a bigger story about how Federation values could have actually affected the lawless part of the galaxy they found themselves in, but the show as made rarely rose above the level of dull eye candy…
I agree with most of that actually. My only thinking was that perhaps Starfleet had half frames or mothballed semi-frames that they really thought might be the difference between winning and losing, hence types like the Yeager.
If I were in charge of Starfleet resources in, say, 2385 of the novel timeline, post-Azure Nebula, I'd rationalize fleet construction down to these classes (older ships would of course stay in service):
Vesta and Merian classes are the slipstream-equipped far-explorers. Sovereign/Luna/Intrepid are the near-explorers/multi-purpose cruisers. Akira/Sabre/Defiant are the warships. Nova is a scout/specialized science vessel. Nine classes, plus runabouts and shuttles. Did I miss anything? (Yes I know I left Galaxy/Nebula off the list. In my opinion they're good ships, but too big and resource intensive now. Plus the designs are over 20 years old. Other ships can do what they did, and are more advanced.)