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The '''United Federation of Planets''' is a major political entity in the [[Alpha Quadrant]] of the [[Milky Way]] galaxy in ''[[Star Trek]]''.
 
The '''United Federation of Planets''' is a major political entity in the [[Alpha Quadrant]] of the [[Milky Way]] galaxy in ''[[Star Trek]]''.
  
 
==Organization==
 
==Organization==
The Federation is governed by a President and the Federation Council, both of which have offices on [[Earth]].  The means by which Federation officials attain their positions has never been clearly described.  Evidence suggests that the Council consists of ambassadors appointed by the planetary governments of their homeworlds, but the election process for the Federation President is completely unknown.
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The Federation is governed by a President and the Federation Council, both of which have offices on [[Earth]].  The means by which Federation Council members attain their positions has never been clearly described; evidence suggests that they are appointed by the planetary governments of their homeworlds.  The President is nominated from the Council membership,<ref>[[DS9]] "Homefront"</ref> but it is not clear whether the election is open to the general population of the Federation or just the Council. However, no general election has been seen or mentioned in any ''Star Trek'' series or movie.<ref>In DS9 "Homefront", the President mentions being asked by his people to submit his name for election, but it still is not clear whether it's a general election or a vote taken in the Federation Council.</ref>
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The Federation has at least one secret intelligence organization called [[Section 31]]<ref>[[DS9]] "Inquisition"</ref>.  It is not clear whether Section 31 is entirely an external intelligence and "black-ops" agency or it also functions as an internal intelligence and secret police service.  It has been described as a department of Starfleet Security.
  
 
==Attributes==
 
==Attributes==
The Federation, or at least parts of it, seem to operate on a socialist or even [[communism|communist]] economic model.  Evidence includes the lack of currency in many episodes, descriptions of the Federation's non-capitalist economy base, and government monopolies that appear to control space travel, interstellar communications, and scientific research.  In any event, their society is so far removed from a free market economy that many Federation citizens have completely forgotten about capitalism. Captain [[Picard]] and [[Beverly Crusher]] are both intelligent, educated people by Federation standards, yet neither one understood the concept of investment or payment for services rendered.<ref>[[TNG]] "The Neutral Zone"</ref>
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The Federation, or at least parts of it, seem to operate on a socialist or even [[communism|communist]] economic model.  Evidence includes the lack of [[currency]] in many episodes, descriptions of the Federation's non-capitalist economy base, and government monopolies that appear to control space travel, interstellar communications, and scientific research.  In any event, their society is so far removed from a free market economy that many Federation citizens are out of touch with basic [[capitalism|capitalist]] concepts: when 21st century humans were revived from suspended animation, Captain [[Jean-Luc Picard|Picard]] was stumped by a financier's desire to check on his investments, and [[Beverly Crusher|Dr. Crusher]] didn't understand the question when he asked to know the cost of his treatment.<ref>[[TNG]] "The Neutral Zone"</ref>
  
In the TNG episode "Offspring", the Federation attempted to declare [[Lal]] Starfleet property, despite previously ruling such an action as tantamount to slavery. This tendency to ignore checks on their power is more characteristic of a dictatorship then a democracy, despite the Federation's ostensible love of freedom.
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NOG: It's my money, Jake. If you want to bid at this auction, use your own money.<br />
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JAKE SISKO: I'm Human, I don't have any money.<br />
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NOG: It's not my fault that your species decided to abandon currency-based economics in favor of some philosophy of self-enhancement.<br />
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JAKE: Hey, watch it. There's nothing wrong with our philosophy. We work to better ourselves and the rest of Humanity.<br />
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NOG: What does that mean exactly?<br />
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JAKE: It means... it means we don't need money.<br />
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NOG: Well if you don't need money, then you certainly don't need mine.<br />
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--[[DS9]] "In the Cards"
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==Territory==
 
==Territory==
The Federation consists of approximately 150 member planets spread across approximately 8,000 light-years of space.<ref>''[[Star Trek: First Contact]]''</ref>  They share borders with the [[Klingon Empire]], the [[Romulan Star Empire]], and the [[Cardassian Union]].
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The Federation consists of approximately 150 member planets spread across approximately 8,000 light-years of space.<ref>''[[Star Trek: First Contact]]''</ref>  It is not clear whether this figure indicates that Federation territory is roughly spherical with a diameter of 8,000 light-years or some other shape with a total volume of approximately 8,000 cubic light-years. In addition to member worlds, the Federation has established numerous colonies with varying levels of autonomy.<ref>http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/United_Federation_of_Planets#Size_and_location</ref>
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The Federation shares borders with the [[Klingon Empire]], the [[Romulan Star Empire]], and the [[Cardassian Union]].
  
Major planetary members of the Federation include [[Earth]], [[Vulcan]], [[Betazed]], and [[Bolia]].
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Major planetary members of the Federation include [[Earth]], [[Vulcan]], [[Betazed]], [[Andorian Empire|Andor]], Tellaria, and Bolia.
  
 
==Threat Assessment==
 
==Threat Assessment==
The Federation has technology comparable to that of the other major powers in the Alpha Quadrant.  Their military readiness, however, is lacking compared to that of their neighbors.  While their ships are individually powerful, often substantially more powerful than those of their neighbors,<ref>TNG "The Wounded"</ref> they tend to be few in number, as indicated by the perpetual shortage of ships in position to respond to military emergencies.<ref>''[[Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan]]'', TNG "Angel One", TNG "The Best of Both Worlds"</ref>  Furthermore, many [[Starfleet]] officers do not regard Starfleet as a military organization (despite its control of nearly all military assets in the Federation), and Starfleet itself does not conduct routine combat exercises to keep its crews prepared for military action.<ref>TNG "Peak Performance"</ref>
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The Federation has technology comparable to that of the other major powers in the Alpha Quadrant.  Their military readiness, however, is lacking compared to that of their neighbors.  While their ships are individually powerful, often substantially more powerful than those of their neighbors,<ref>TNG "The Wounded"</ref> they tend to be few in number, as indicated by the perpetual shortage of ships in position to respond to military emergencies.<ref>''[[Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan]]'', TNG "Angel One", TNG "The Best of Both Worlds"</ref>  Furthermore, many [[Starfleet]] officers do not regard Starfleet as a military organization (despite its control of nearly all military assets in the Federation), and Starfleet itself does not conduct routine combat exercises to keep its crews prepared for military action,<ref>TNG "Peak Performance"</ref> or at least it didn't prior to the [[Dominion War]].
  
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==
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Emblem of the Federation

The United Federation of Planets is a major political entity in the Alpha Quadrant of the Milky Way galaxy in Star Trek.

Contents

Organization

The Federation is governed by a President and the Federation Council, both of which have offices on Earth. The means by which Federation Council members attain their positions has never been clearly described; evidence suggests that they are appointed by the planetary governments of their homeworlds. The President is nominated from the Council membership,[1] but it is not clear whether the election is open to the general population of the Federation or just the Council. However, no general election has been seen or mentioned in any Star Trek series or movie.[2]

The Federation has at least one secret intelligence organization called Section 31[3]. It is not clear whether Section 31 is entirely an external intelligence and "black-ops" agency or it also functions as an internal intelligence and secret police service. It has been described as a department of Starfleet Security.

Attributes

The Federation, or at least parts of it, seem to operate on a socialist or even communist economic model. Evidence includes the lack of currency in many episodes, descriptions of the Federation's non-capitalist economy base, and government monopolies that appear to control space travel, interstellar communications, and scientific research. In any event, their society is so far removed from a free market economy that many Federation citizens are out of touch with basic capitalist concepts: when 21st century humans were revived from suspended animation, Captain Picard was stumped by a financier's desire to check on his investments, and Dr. Crusher didn't understand the question when he asked to know the cost of his treatment.[4]

NOG: It's my money, Jake. If you want to bid at this auction, use your own money.
JAKE SISKO: I'm Human, I don't have any money.
NOG: It's not my fault that your species decided to abandon currency-based economics in favor of some philosophy of self-enhancement.
JAKE: Hey, watch it. There's nothing wrong with our philosophy. We work to better ourselves and the rest of Humanity.
NOG: What does that mean exactly?
JAKE: It means... it means we don't need money.
NOG: Well if you don't need money, then you certainly don't need mine.
--DS9 "In the Cards"

Territory

The Federation consists of approximately 150 member planets spread across approximately 8,000 light-years of space.[5] It is not clear whether this figure indicates that Federation territory is roughly spherical with a diameter of 8,000 light-years or some other shape with a total volume of approximately 8,000 cubic light-years. In addition to member worlds, the Federation has established numerous colonies with varying levels of autonomy.[6]

The Federation shares borders with the Klingon Empire, the Romulan Star Empire, and the Cardassian Union.

Major planetary members of the Federation include Earth, Vulcan, Betazed, Andor, Tellaria, and Bolia.

Threat Assessment

The Federation has technology comparable to that of the other major powers in the Alpha Quadrant. Their military readiness, however, is lacking compared to that of their neighbors. While their ships are individually powerful, often substantially more powerful than those of their neighbors,[7] they tend to be few in number, as indicated by the perpetual shortage of ships in position to respond to military emergencies.[8] Furthermore, many Starfleet officers do not regard Starfleet as a military organization (despite its control of nearly all military assets in the Federation), and Starfleet itself does not conduct routine combat exercises to keep its crews prepared for military action,[9] or at least it didn't prior to the Dominion War.

Notes

  1. DS9 "Homefront"
  2. In DS9 "Homefront", the President mentions being asked by his people to submit his name for election, but it still is not clear whether it's a general election or a vote taken in the Federation Council.
  3. DS9 "Inquisition"
  4. TNG "The Neutral Zone"
  5. Star Trek: First Contact
  6. http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/United_Federation_of_Planets#Size_and_location
  7. TNG "The Wounded"
  8. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, TNG "Angel One", TNG "The Best of Both Worlds"
  9. TNG "Peak Performance"
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