|Location:|| Over 500 member planets and 100 colony worlds in the Alpha, Beta and Gamma Quadrants|
|Head of State:||Federation President|
|Head of Government:||Federation President|
|Legislature:|| The 424 member Federation Council|
The 13 member Federation Security Council
|Judiciary:||Federation Supreme Court|
|Major Species:|| over 250 species|
Founding Members: Earth, Vulcan, Tellar, Andoria, Alpha Centauri Colonies, Denobula
|Intelligence Service:||Starfleet Intelligence|
|Language:||Federation Standard, thousands of local dialects|
|Population:||approx. 900 billion (2380 Census)|
The United Federation of Planets (abbreviated as UFP and commonly referred to as The Federation) is an interstellar federal republic, composed of planetary and system governments that have agreed to exist semi-autonomously under a single central government based on the principles of universal liberty, rights, and equality, and to share their knowledge and resources in peaceful cooperation and stellar exploration. The Federation Starfleet was incorporated as the peace-keeping and humanitarian armada of the Federation, in addition to exploratory, scientific, and diplomatic functions.
The Federation was founded in San Francisco, Earth in 2161. The seeds of the Federation were planted during a temporary alliance in 2154, in the search for a Romulan Drone Ship. It was this that first brought together the four species that would found the Federation: Humans, Vulcans, Andorians, and Tellarites. After the crisis, these four species remained together, founding the precursor to the Federation, called the Coalition of Planets, a year later. Over the next several years, the ties between the members of the Coalition strengthened and became more structured, until, finally, in 2161, the Coalition became the Federation.
There is ample evidence that an alternate timeline exists, from which the Rihannsu mining vessel Narada arrived to destroy the starship Kelvin in 2233 and that events in our universe changed from that point on.
Size and LocationEdit
The Federation is located primarily in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants of the Milky Way galaxy, along with several sectors in the Gamma Quadrant at the Idran terminus of the Bajoran Wormhole. By the early 2380s, the Federation's territory was spread across 15,000 light years, with a membership of over 500 worlds and over 1,000 semi-autonomous colonies. Its major neighboring sovereignties were the Klingon Empire, the Cardassian Union, and the Ferengi Alliance. Other neighboring sovereignties were the Tzenkethi Coalition, the Tholian Assembly, and the Breen Confederacy.
The Federation's government was a representative republic, headquartered on Earth.
The executive branch is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Federation. The democratically-elected Federation President is the head of this branch. The Federation President serves as both the head of state and head of government; as chief executive officer of the government, the President determines most of the Federation's foreign policy, manages budgetary concerns, and serves as supreme commander of the Federation's military forces. The President's office is located i