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We the lifeforms of the United Federation of Planets determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, and to reaffirm faith in the fundamental rights of sentient beings, in the dignity and worth of all lifeforms, in the equal rights of members of planetary systems large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of interstellar law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of living on all worlds...
~ The opening paragraph of the Federation Charter

The United Federation of Planets (more often referred to simply as the Federation) is an interstellar federal republic composed of sovereign planets and their colonies, depicted in the Star Trek franchise.

History

The Federation was founded in 2161 by United Earth, the Confederacy of Vulcan, the Andorian Empire, the Tellarites, and Alpha Centauri. Among the signatories of the Federation Charter were Jonathan Archer, T'Pau, and future Starfleet officer Spock's great-grandfather Solkar.

After the founding of the Federation the United Earth Starfleet and the space forces of the other founding states were combined into the Federation Starfleet.

Within a couple years of the founding of the Federation the United Rigel Worlds and Colonies joined the Federation. By the 24th century there were over 150 members and over 1,000 other associated worlds that had joined the Federation.

Initially based in the Alpha Quadrant, the Federation would continuously grow and eventually evolve into a galactic Federation that included all the space faring races of the Milky Way Galaxy.

The Federation was governed by a council, and led by a President based out of the Palais de la Concorde in Paris, France. Some of the more notable Federation Presidents included Jonathan Archer, Hiram Roth, Ra-ghoratreii, Hikaru Sulu, and Nanietta Bacco.

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