The Federation, officially the Galactic Federation, is the oldest and most militant of the three major factions in the galaxy, the other two being the Empire and the Alliance. The planet Earth (Sol), birthplace of humankind, is the historic former capital of the Federation and is regarded as the centre of human-inhabited space. The Federation's current capital is on the planet Mars.
While the relations between the Federation and the Alliance is one of tolerance, the same cannot be said for the Federation and the Empire. Both factions have a long and refuted history of deep hostility and disdain for one another, resulting in many battles.
The Federation is highly dependent on technology and is economically and socially Corporatist. In the period of rebuilding after the end of World War 3 on Earth between 2044 and 2055, the corporations became powerful and dominant. In modern times it is the corporations who are the life-blood and backbone of the Federation. It is rumored that these corporations have such influence and power that they can even direct the Federal government, perhaps even to the point of choosing the President.
Corruption and bribery are not unusual in the Federation and law enforcement has been known to turn a blind eye if the price is right.
After the Third World War in 2055 which had caused tremendous devastation across the planet and decimating the population. The dominant power was the United States of the Americas, and as the remaining other countries joined it over the next few decades, it was renamed the Federation of the United States and later, simply, The Federation as the implied reference to one of the pre-war powers was a block to the remaining countries from joining it. It had a constitution and laws derived from the earlier powers, but simplified.
Many different factors changed humanity’s outlook after that. The rise of the corporations, the discovery of the first fossils on Mars, and the explosive exploration triggered by the invention of the hyperdrive by Li Qin Jao and others in the 22nd century, first by unmanned probes, then with manned craft, overtaking the generation ships sent in the previous decades. Despite the huge dangers involved, a massive land-grab followed, fuelled by the voracious corporations.
It wasn’t until some of the ecological excesses of these early colonists became apparent over a century later that Earth took its first steps, founding the Federation and becoming the colossal entity it is now, creating some order in what had become an unruly free-for-all.
Rise of the Federation Edit
In 2242 the Federation Accord was created outlining certain rights and responsibilities for members, uniting many of the new colonies, by force in some cases. After a short conflict the Taylor Colony in Tau Ceti became the first signatory outside the Sol system.
From that point the Federation provided a stable framework to facilitate the further expansion of humanity to ever more distant star systems but not all colonies wanted a part of this. A distant early colony, formed by a band of political idealists as far from Earth as they could manage, in the system of Achenar, this band would eventually become the Empire, and would spark another defining moment for humanity as a whole.
|#||Rank||Ship Access||System Access|
|5||Chief Petty Officer||Federal Assault Ship||Vega, Beta Hydri|
|6||Warrant Officer||PLX 695|
|7||Ensign||Federal Gunship||Ross 128|
|12||Rear Admiral||Federal Corvette|
There are 14 ranks in the Federal Navy Auxiliary. Highly ranked Commanders are allowed access to special ships and are granted permits to access otherwise restricted star systems.
Most permit-locked systems controlled by the Federation can be accessed through ranks in their military ladder, however; there are several systems under their control that have no known methods of access. Most of these systems are reported to have several small refinery focused outposts. The purpose and usage of these refineries remains unknown.
- Farragut Battle Cruiser
- Federal Corvette
- Federal Gunship
- Federal Assault Ship
- Federal Dropship
- F63 Condor
- 2599 - 2607: Sadiq Kessler
- 2862 - 2866: Issac Gellan (Lost Vote of No Confidence, See the Gellan Scandal)
- 2866 - 2874: Olaf Smith
- 2874 - 2882: Jeremy Tann
- 2956 - 2960: Verity Campbell (Lost VoNC)
- 2968 - 2976: Ulrich Vale
- 2976 - 2984: Grant Keller
- 3008 - 3016: Tyrell Biggs
- 3184 - 3192: Loric Tander
- 3260 - 3264: Eugene Cooper (Lost VoNC)
- 3264 - 3272: Antiona Madison
- 3300 - 3301: Jasmina Halsey (Disappeared, see Starship One incident)
- 3301 - Present: Zachary Hudson
Federal Congress Edit
Federal Congress is made up of 500 Congressmen (the term for both men and women). They sit in Congress, in Olympus Village on Mars, replacing it's previous location in Washington DC early in the previous millennium.
Anyone can stand for election. They do not need to be backed by a political party or minor faction, but it helps. There are three major parties, Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians. Corporations generally do push (and fund) their chosen candidates or parties (as did Zachary Hudson), as do other special interest groups.
They are elected for an eight year term, along with a President, with a 'vote of no confidence' (VoNC) after four years. If the vote of no confidence succeeds then a full election takes place. A Congressman (or President) cannot serve multiple consecutive terms, though a Congressman can (and often does) become President immediately after a term as a Congressman.
Every Federation system has representation at the Congress, but generally a Congressman represents multiple systems, except a few (like Sol) that have more than one Congressional representative, based loosely on historic population. Phenomenal growth in the outer systems has meant that they have little representation in Congress, and there is frequent discussion about creating many new Congressmen to address this balance, but the various power blocks realize it will sway the balance of power away from the core systems, making a new system unlikely to happen in the near future.
Congressmen spend their days representing their constituency. They can also hold other office as part of government (for example chairing committees etc.) They are not allowed to have corporate interests that might conflict with their political roles, though several reports of such actions have been documented in the past.