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The United Federation of Planets spanned thousands of light years and had over 150 member planets across the Alpha and Beta quadrants. For the purpose of this question, I'm considering the following to be important traits of the Federation.

  • Territory (managed by a government or quasi-governmental group) spread across multiple planetary systems.

  • Member planets willingly joined and contribute resources to the group. Members are from multiple species, each with their own original cultures and languages.

  • Primarily interested in peaceful exploration, science, and free trade.

  • Powerful: Technologically able to fend off any of their less-peaceful neighbors and defend their territory when necessary.

With these qualities in mind, is there something resembling the Federation in the Delta quadrant, around the time of Voyager? I didn't watch all of Voyager, but the Delta quadrant always seemed like a vast and desolate wasteland, with independent systems here and there, and the occasional violent predatory group attacking them.

The part about "multiple species and cultures" is optional, but does speak to a Federation-like mentality of peaceful cooperation. Sadly I suspect the Borg have prevented most multi-planetary civilizations from growing too powerful.

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In a word, no. Each of the regional powers that the Voyager encounters during its travels have at least one major feature that would cause them to be crossed off your list.

No society even comes close to Federation levels of cultural/societal diversity and interest in peaceful exploration.

  • Kazon Collective - Primarily a single species that dominates less-advanced species within its borders.

  • Haakonian Order - Antagonistic (to Talaxia) and uses WMDs to conquer enemy worlds.

  • The Swarm - Xenophobic. Antagonistic to outside races

  • Vidiian Sodality - Appears to be a single race.

  • B'omar Sovereignty - Xenophobic. Largely antagonistic to outside races

  • Krenim Imperium - Xenophobic. Largely antagonistic to outside races.

  • Malon Cooperative - Appears to be a single race.

  • Devore Imperium - Xenophobic. Largely antagonistic to outside races. Antagonistic to telepathic races

  • Borg Collective - Other member planets have not joined willingly.

  • The Hierarchy - Xenophobic. Antagonistic to outside races

  • Hirogen - Nomadic. Antagonistic (or indifferent) to outside races

  • Voth - Antagonistic (or indifferent) to outside races.

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    Valorum, out of the Devore, B’omar, and Krenim, who do you think is most open to outsiders visiting, and who is least open to visitors? – Ham Sandwich Nov 7 '18 at 4:37
  • @HamSandwich - The B'omar and the Devore are at least willing to negotiate passage through their territory, albeit neither encourage casual tourism. The Krenim aren't willing to accept anyone and are at war with all of their neighbours. (Side note. If you're a telepath, I'd pick the B'omar). – Valorum Nov 7 '18 at 7:38
  • Shame, even the names sound threatening dictatorships. Except the Malon. They sound fairly cooperative. (stealing your earlier comment) – Z. Cochrane Nov 7 '18 at 14:28
  • @zabeus - I presume they're cooperative with each other. – Valorum Nov 7 '18 at 14:31
  • I wonder what would happen if the Devore tried to enter B’omar space, or vice versa. Or the Krenim did. I’d watch those episodes. – Ham Sandwich Nov 7 '18 at 16:13

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