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See also Federation, a novel.

The United Federation of Planets is an interstellar state composed of 155 member states, colonies, protectorates, and other planetary governments unified under the goals of universal liberty, justice, equality, trade, exploration, scientific advancement, peace, and mutual protection. The most powerful state in local space, the Federation encompassed 8,000 light-years and is by far the largest state in the known Alpha and Beta Quadrants. The Federation, along with the Klingon Empire and the Romulan Star Empire, was one of the three traditional superpowers of known space. Unlike its traditional rivals who derive power from a single dominant species subjugating other races within the boundaries of their empire, the Federation's various Member States join willingly and are equals in the Federation's democratic society. The Federation's capital city is Paris, Earth.

HistoryEdit

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The Signing of the Articles of the Federation on 12 August 2161.

See main article: Federation history.

The Federation was formed on the 12 August (ENT novel: Last Full Measure) 2161 (TNG episode: "The Outcast", ENT episode: "Zero Hour"), the successor to the Coalition of Planets. (ENT episode: "Demons") The founding Member States of United Earth, the Confederacy of Vulcan, the Andorian Empire, the United Planets of Tellar, and Alpha Centauri (ENT episode: "Zero Hour", ST novel: Articles of the Federation) were subsequently joined by numerous other worlds to form one of the largest states in the galaxy. By 2380, the Federation consisted of 155 Member States. (ST novel: Articles of the Federation)

Alongside periods of peaceful relations and expansion, the Federation was also involved with numerous conflicts, some of the largest and most prolonged being with the Klingons in the 23rd century, and the Borg and the Dominion in the 24th century.

PoliticsEdit

See also: Federation Government

The Federation is a representative republic, with an elected president as the head of the entire interstellar state. An election is held every four years, and a president may serve for an unlimited number of terms.

Political and direct administrative power is held within the Federation Council, which is composed of one councillor from every Member World. There is no limit as to how many terms a person may serve as councillor. T'Latrek of Vulcan, for instance, served on the Federation Council for nearly a century. Each individual Member determines how its councillors will be determined; the First Minister of Bajor, for instance, nominates that world's councillor and the Chamber of Ministers ratifies him or her, while the electorates of many other Members elect their councillors directly.

The Federation government has several executive departments whose heads form the Presidential Cabinet, who advise the president on their issues of jurisdiction and run their departments on a day-to-day basis. Cabinet members can have strong influence on Federation policy based upon their work with the president and the appropriate members of the Federation Council.

The capital city of the Federation is Paris, and the capital planet is Earth. The seat of government is the Palais de la Concorde.

Alternate ContinuitiesEdit

In the continuity of the novel Crisis on Centaurus, the Federation government is based out of Geneva, Switzerland. In the continuity of the novel The Final Reflection, the Federation capital is Federa-Terra, Florida.

Executive departments and cabinet-level agencies of the United Federation of Planets
AgricultureCommerceDefenseExteriorHousingInterstellar TravelScienceTechnologyTemporal InvestigationsTravel

independent cabinet-level agency: Office of the Federation Security Advisor

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Members of the FederationEdit

See: Federation members.

Presidents of the FederationEdit

See: Presidents of the United Federation of Planets.

Federation CouncilEdit

See: Council of the United Federation of Planets.

Relations with Other StatesEdit

See: Federation Relations with the Klingon Empire.

GroupsEdit

Diplomatic treatiesEdit

SymbolsEdit

Symbols of Federation patriotism include the Great Seal of the United Federation of Planets, which serves as the official emblem of the UFP. The Flag of the United Federation of Planets is also a prominent Federation symbol, often displayed at government buildings, official events, and at state and Starfleet funerals. The Anthem of the United Federation of Planets is the official musical composition of the UFP.

AwardsEdit

As a government body, the Federation issues awards and medals for beneficial military, medical or exploratory service. While many of these are generally given to members of Starfleet, there are some that are for citizens in general. The constituent nation-states of the Federation also sometimes have their own similar awards. One such award that is given to members of Starfleet during victories in battle is the Andorian Battle Star which recognizes command officers that have displayed who demonstrate superior tactical abilities. (FASA RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual)

CultureEdit

There is no official Federation religion, although members are free to practice their own religious and philosophical beliefs, as protected by the Guarantees contained in the Articles of the United Federation of Planets.

Every August 12, Federation citizens observe Federation Day, a patriotic holiday established in remembrance of the founding of the Federation.

LanguageEdit

See main article: Federation Standard.

TerritoryEdit

PlanetsEdit

See the category for Federation worlds.

Star systemsEdit

See Federation stars and star systems and the category for Federation stars and star systems.

BordersEdit

Maps of Federation space can be found the ST reference: Star Charts and Last Unicorn RPG module: The Way of D'era: The Romulan Star Empire.

ConflictsEdit

Alternate timelinesEdit

In an alternate timeline created by the death of Gabriel Bell prior to the Bell Riots in 2024, Earth remained a pre-warp civilization, which never expanded beyond the Sol System, in the 24th century. Consequently, neither the Federation nor Starfleet ever existed. The USS Defiant, having been protected from the changes in the timeline by a subspace bubble, detected Romulan transmissions emanating from Alpha Centauri. This would indicate that the Romulan Star Empire was able to expand considerably further in this timeline due to the lack of Federation interference. (DS9 episode: "Past Tense, Part I")

In another alternate timeline created when the USS Enterprise-C was accidentally sent through a temporal rift from 2344 to 2366, the Federation had been at war with the Klingon Empire for almost 20 years as the Enterprise-C's disappearance resulted in the destruction of the Klingon colony Narendra III. By 2366, 40 billion people had died in the war and, although it was not generally known, Starfleet believed that surrender would be inevitable within six months. (TNG episode: "Yesterday's Enterprise")

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ConnectionsEdit

Major States in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants
Khitomer Accords Alliance Cardassian UnionFerengi AllianceKlingon EmpireUnited Federation of Planets
Typhon Pact Breen ConfederacyGorn HegemonyHoly Order of the KinshayaRomulan Star EmpireTholian AssemblyTzenkethi Coalition
Non-Aligned States CortDaa'Vit ConfederacyDanteri EmpireFirst FederationGottar HegemonyGrigariHydran KingdomInterstellar ConcordiumJibetian ConfederacyKzinti PatriarchyLyran Star EmpireMetron ConsortiumNew Thallonian ProtectorateOrion ColoniesPatriarchyRegnancy of the Carnelian ThroneRomulan RepublicSheliak CorporateTalarian RepublicTezwaUbarrak PrimacyVenette Convention
Defunct States Thallonian EmpireImperial Romulan StateZalkat Union
States Unique to the Mirror Universe Galactic CommonwealthTerran EmpireTerran Republic

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