Rather then compare them to the Covenant directly, I think it would be better to look at SLDF vs. UNSC first. The UNSC lost 60% of the human population to the Covenant, and only started winning after the Sangheili broke off from the Covenant.
Population Advantage: SLDF
Naval Advantage: UNSC
Groundside Advantage: SLDF
FTL Advantage: UNSC
Territory Advantage: SLDF
Stability Advantage: Neither
- 2 trillion vs. 40 billion is a pretty freakin' easy win.
- The McKenna's NAC/40 do 1000 gigajoules each at best, while a MAC Cannon is over 300 times the power. Also, BTech ships cannot go into the atmosphere and can accelerate 3g's at best.
-The UNSC still use gas-operated rifles and simplistic vehicles. The SLDF has entire companies of battlemechs, while the UNSC's main battle tank has a single AC/5 and MG at best.
-While SLDF can cross 1000 light years faster then the UNSC can, stopping a week to charge the drive is a serious disadvantage. The UNSC ships can just keep going and going and going.
- 2100 worlds vs. 700 worlds (which are mostly sparsely populated) is another easy win.
- The UNSC has big Insurrectionist problems with outer colonies, and the Star League still has relatively minor infighting among the Houses.
The problem is that unless BTech has something the Covies want, they are just going to wipe them out from space. 300 McKenna's isn't enough to protect 2100 worlds from genocide. I vote Covies.
Edited by Zakatak, 08 May 2012 - 07:31 PM.