I'm pretty sure that we've all seen how disruptive Q was to the travels of the Enterprise-D and Voyager. (It's likely documented within their captain and personal logs.)

Given how Starfleet Command almost dismissed the Spock incident and almost all Vulcan mysticism (TOS: "Search For Spock"), has Starfleet itself (or the Federation of Planets for that matter) ever acknowledged the existence of the Q Continuum?

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    @T-1000'sson, NKCampbell is probably thinking of the novel Q-Squared, which does retcon Trelane into a Q, but is also non-canon. Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 22:54
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    Anyone who has an encounter with a Q entity has to be interviewed by those same guys who police time travel: "You aren't going to claim this interview is part of an alternate reality created by Q to mess with you, are you? Because we hate that."
    – Beardless1
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 0:11
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    @T-1000'sSon Because people are free to determine what they consider canon - which is why most people do not recognise more than one Matrix movie, or dismiss certain prequel trilogies, or are happy with expanded universe providing more colour and background. You, of course, are free to determine a different criteria for canon.
    – HorusKol
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 0:27
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    That's just not true. Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 0:35
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    @HorusKol Canon is anything by the original author or accepted by the original author, sources here if you're interested
    – Kevin
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 7:33

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Yes. Knowledge of Q is widespread among Starfleet personnel.

JANEWAY: Look, I don't know what you want here, but I know who you are. Every captain in Starfleet has been briefed about your appearances on the Enterprise, and I warn you...

QUINN: My appearances? Oh, you've mistaken me for. Oh, well, no matter,

Voy: Death Wish

Apparently these briefings include specific mention of the Q Continuum

JANEWAY: The hell you will. The vaunted Q Continuum. Self-anointed guardians of the universe. How dare you come aboard this ship and endanger this crew with your personal tug of war.

Those same briefings were also given to Sisko

O'BRIEN: We've got a problem. sir. I just saw Q on the Promenade.

SISKO: Q? Here?

KIRA: What's Q?

SISKO: A powerful and extremely unpredictable entity. I was at a Starfleet briefing on him two years ago.

DS9: Q-Less

And the junior and senior crew of the USS Cerritos are well aware of his existence.

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    Yeah, but have they exchanged ambassadors? Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 21:59
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    Undoubtedly true. Although to be fair, the federation might be unenthusiastic about having a Q there full-time as well. Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 22:17
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    I should say Starfleet knows about the Q Continuum. It was a Q that flung the Enterprise into the Delta quadrant and made the Borg aware of them. It's a rather important event.
    – Machtyn
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 14:59
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    It seems more a question about acknowledgement of sovereignty. Such as nations don't really exist, until other countries acknowledge there existence. However saying the Q Continuum is a sovereign nation would probably be a contentious and touchy subject even in the UFP.
    – Caimen
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 19:09
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    @caimen - The Q definitely function as a nation, right down to having a messy civil war at one point.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 19:13

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