- "We are all explorers driven to know what's over the horizon, what's beyond our own shores. And yet the more I've experienced, the more I've learned that no matter how far we travel, or how fast we get there, the most profound discoveries are not necessarily beyond that next star. They're within us, woven into the threads that bind us, all of us, to each other."
- — Jonathan Archer
Captain of the Earth Starfleet vessel Enterprise and later Federation President
The United Federation of Planets is an interstellar alliance of planetary governments and colonies established in 2161. There are over 180 members of the Federation and their territory spreads across 8,000 light years. The Federation is governed by the Federation Council, composed of representatives from the various planets, and led by the Federation President.
The agency responsible for all deep space exploration, scientific research, and peacekeeping operations for the Federation is known as Starfleet. Starfleet provides security and defense for all member worlds and colonies of the Federation through its vast fleet of starships.
- Major Species: Various; founded by Humans, Vulcans, Andorians, and Tellarites
- Location: Alpha and Beta Quadrants
- Area: 8,000 light years
- Population: 9.85 trillion
- Worlds: 180+
- Sovereignty: 2161
- Capital: Paris, Earth
- Government: Federal republic
- Chief of State: President Narala (since 2393)
- Head of Government: President Narala (since 2393)
- Legislature: Federation Council
- Military: Starfleet
- Currency: Federation credit
- Language: Federation Standard
Intelligent Lifeform Index • Federation Diplomatic Corps • Academy Library