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As of the TNG era onward, and in 'this universe' (by which I mean not in any alternate/parallel universes) are the Orion species part of the Federation, any of the empires or they an independent nation like the Ferengi?

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    They were neutral (e.g. not part of the Federation) circa 2269; i.stack.imgur.com/zr9Dc.png - (Star Trek: Maps)
    – Valorum
    Sep 22, 2023 at 20:11
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    Star Trek: Worlds of the Federation lists Rigel VIII (e.g. Orion) and the other worlds of the Rigel system as being Federation worlds as of 2269; i.stack.imgur.com/6jBGF.png
    – Valorum
    Sep 22, 2023 at 20:17
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    In the Extended Universe (EU) books the Orions are generally referred to as being full members of the Federation as of 2369 - "This, after a memorable meeting with Ambassador Hnada and other distraught representatives of the provisional Bajoran government, who had flown up to the station for the purpose of insisting that he do something to convince the Klystron and Orion ambassadors to change their minds about supporting Bajoran membership in the Federation." - Betrayal
    – Valorum
    Sep 22, 2023 at 20:32
  • In the 2380s there are Orion serving in Starfleet. Though that doesn't necessarily mean they are Federation members.
    – OrangeDog
    Sep 23, 2023 at 15:27
  • @OrangeDog - There were also Borg and Ferengi in Starfleet
    – Valorum
    Sep 23, 2023 at 19:32

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