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A shrewdness of apes, an unkindness of ravens, a murder of crows...I wonder how to call a collection of spaceships often seen in the proximity to my planet that is apparently a fruit of a particular kind of alien intellect in every occasion?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Renan, Hoyle's ghost, James Apr 1 at 18:52

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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    $\begingroup$ Group? Swarm? School? Pack? Herd? Squadron? Fleet? Flotilla? Wing? You may want to take the tour and become familiar with the purpose and bylaws of this site. As it is, your question is primarily opinion based, and will most likely be closed for this reason. $\endgroup$ – AlexP Apr 1 at 16:31
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    $\begingroup$ An intimidation of warships, a curiosity of exploration vessels, a profit opportunity of tourists. AlexP beat me to it. $\endgroup$ – Hoyle's ghost Apr 1 at 16:32
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    $\begingroup$ AlexP, is a school in a school of fish opinion based? a pride in a pride of lions matter of preference? $\endgroup$ – Vadum R Apr 1 at 16:46
  • $\begingroup$ Well, yes, because there is no empirical, objective reasoning behind them being called that. $\endgroup$ – SealBoi Apr 1 at 18:29
  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to the site @VadumR As Alex mentioned SE sites have rules beyond a standard forum/discussion board. The site is all about specific questions with specific answers. Questions are expected to have a "best" answer which means we need criteria to help us decide which answer is better than another. Check out the site and check out the help center and tour. This bit is particularly useful. $\endgroup$ – James Apr 1 at 18:51
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My suggestions are:

  • Fleet
  • Convoy
  • Flotilla
  • Navy
  • Squadron

They could all be used to describe a normal vehicle and are often used for spaceships in science fiction.

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A constellation of satellites. Almost everything is a satellite of something, so the ships wouldn't even need to move to a parking orbit first...

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  • Menace
  • Blossoming
  • Fruiting
  • Gathering
  • Convention
  • Tangle

Questions that engender list answers aren't really on topic here, aside from the fact that it's all opinion. That being said, I tried to come up with names that express the intelligence of the ships (not just inanimate objects) as well as their interconnectiveness.

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    $\begingroup$ Menace it is. "A friendly menace of ships skirted the atmosphere." $\endgroup$ – Vadum R Apr 1 at 16:56
  • $\begingroup$ +1 since "alien intellect" is all we have to go on. That said you probably should add another list to cover the "alien" part. Like enigma, mystery, etc. $\endgroup$ – Ville Niemi Apr 1 at 18:06
  • $\begingroup$ @VilleNiemi I figured I'd let others come up with different names. Didn't want to spend too much time on a question I knew would get closed. But I'm glad one of mine was helpful to the OP. $\endgroup$ – Cyn Apr 1 at 20:13
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, IMHO people tend to focus too much on the criteria for chosen answer when in a site like world building the upvote criteria of useful/helpful is, again IMHO, more practical and important. $\endgroup$ – Ville Niemi Apr 1 at 22:23

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