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United Federation of Planets

Background

Founded in the year 2161, the United Federation of Planets is an alliance of over a hundred alien worlds cooperating in common cause to meet mutual goals. The United Federation of Planets (often referred to simply as 'the Federation') was established to allow member worlds to work together to facilitate such things as interstellar trade, diplomacy, scientific research, and mutual defense.

The Federation is governed by the Federation Council, composed of representatives from many Federation member worlds. The executive is comprised of the President and his staff. The principle seat of government is Earth, with the Federation Council's chambers located in the city of San Francisco and the President's office in Paris.

A socialist state has evolved in the Federation in which economics and finances have grown to be less and less of a factor in the daily lives of its citizens. Almost all goods and services are controlled directly by the Federation government. This has not always the case, however. Even as recently as the 23rd Century, Starfleet officers were paid for their service in the fleet, but changing times and social climate forced (or allowed) such changes to take place. The 24th Century Federation political stance of capitalism as a bane of society has made relations with some powers tense, especially relations with the Ferengi.

Starfleet is the military arm of the Federation and has seen many actions in the past two hundred years. Early hostilities with the Klingons lasted almost a century until 2267 with the signing of the Organian Peace Treaty. This peace was eventually finalized with the signing of the Khitomer Accords in 2293. Wars have also been fought with the Romulans, Tholians, and Cardassians along Federation borders. Despite these conflicts the Federation has remained a stable political entity and at the forefront of technological achievements.




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