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==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 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 of a vote taken in the Federation Council.</ref>
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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>
  
 
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.
 
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.
  
 
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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 have completely forgotten about [[capitalism]]. Captain [[Picard]] and [[Beverly Crusher]] are both intelligent, educated people by Federation standards, yet neither one understood the concepts of investment or payment for services.<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>
  
 
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