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AFAIK, the United Federation of Planets and Starfleet both have their headquarters on Earth and it is somewhat implied to be where it all started. I'm not sure about that second point -- there's probably some canon about the creation of the Federation that I'm not familiar with -- but the "lay impression" given is that it is very much human/Earth-centric.

It seems hard to believe that a bunch of other races would unite with the upstart humans, once they discovered warp technology. It's even harder to believe that said races didn't have the collective wherewithal to have formed a political union already, letting Earth join once it had reached a certain "maturity".

Is there an in-universe reason for the Earth-centricity (presuming that's the case, of course)?

marked as duplicate by Valorum star-trek Apr 23 '17 at 21:59

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  • In Enterprise we see the formation of the Federation (or at least its early steps). In short, the major players in the region, the Vulcans, the Andorians and the Tellarites were all at each other's throats until humans started to play power-broker between them. – Valorum Apr 23 '17 at 22:00