This is bothering the hell out of me after reading book 7 and I gotta let the internet know. Before the heart of the tempest comes through the gate fucking everything up everyone in the trade union (Belters... many of which probably associated with the free navy, some of which may have been on medina at that time) is like "oh who cares, these people have been stuck out there why the hell should we worry about 30 year old ships, hahaha!" When Laconia had already very clearly been building their own, heavily protomoleculed ships and tech after they not only brought the fancy new railguns to put on the ring station for the free navy but also brought it with a BRAND NEW ship called the proteus that was 100% built in Laconia using tech no one had ever seen before. How did absolutely no record of this last and how did no one 30 years later realize the Laconians had the ability to build their own highly advanced shit, I just feel like it is somewhat of a plot hole as it was extremely public when laconia brought the railgun with their fancy new ship, thousands of people saw it, thousands upon thousands more saw the new railgun tech that was built in laconia. Just seems idiotic and inconsistent to me that in the time of book 7 everyone is acting like laconia is a backwater shithole that could never have the ability to build new ships. Rant over and also I am glad someone noted this problem in the wiki's page about the proteus https://expanse.fandom.com/wiki/Proteus-class .