Federation Diplomatic Corps
The Federation Diplomatic Corps, sometimes referred to as "the diplomatic service" in contrast to "the service" that denotes Starfleet, is a civilian agency of the United Federation of Planets Department of the Exterior and is responsible for negotiating treaties with foreign powers and maintaining inter-member relations and diplomacy within the Federation.
An ambassador may be a career Federation Diplomatic Corps member (career diplomat) or a political appointee. In most cases, career FDC members serve a tour of approximately three years per ambassadorship whereas political appointees customarily tender their resignations upon the inauguration of a new Federation president. As embassies fall under the Department of the Exterior's jurisdiction, Federation ambassadors answer directly to the Secretary of the Exterior.
|Diplomatic Rank/Position||Starfleet Equivalent|
|Federation President/Federation Council|
|Secretary of the Exterior|
|Ambassador/Chief of Mission||Admiral|
|Deputy Chief of Mission||Captain|
|Counselor for _______ Affairs||Cmdr/Capt|