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The United Federation of Planets is a major Alpha Quadrant alliance within the Star Trek universe. The Federation includes Earth. Members of The Federation are generally (but not always) portrayed as the protagonists in the Star Trek franchise. Use this with the [star-trek] tag.

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Why does the Federation prefer mainly space-borne starships?

Why are almost all Federation starships space-borne? Yes I know the Intrepid class vessels (like Voyager) are capable of atmospheric landing, but you'd think that as more and more alien races joined ...
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Why does the Federation insignia have two acronyms?

In one of the final scenes in DIS: Will You Take My Hand we see a new United Federation of Planets insignia on the wall behind the admirals. The insignia has two acronyms, the upper one is obvious ...
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Cat person in Star Trek crew animated series

I have vague memories of watching the Star Trek cartoon series in the early seventies. The communications officer was a female cat person who used to purr when she said "Yes Captain". Has there ever ...
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What is the penalty for unlawful possession of Romulan Ale in the Federation?

Romulan Ale is illegal in the Federation for decades, but both Kirk and Picard and their senior crews are seemingly able to acquire it without too much difficulty, implying that enforcement of the ban ...
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Do Starfleet regulations and general orders apply to non-Starfleet Federation citizens?

While preparing an answer to this question, I started to wonder if Starfleet regulations apply to non-Starfleet Federation citizens. I am aware that during its 50+ years, the terms "Starfleet" and "...
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Why didn't the Federation ever replace the Cardassian systems with their own on Deep Space Nine?

Just curious if anyone knows why the Federation left the Cardassian systems intact on DS9... For Starfleet staff on the station, learning an entirely new system would be incredibly difficult; not to ...
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Does the Federation have anything resembling intellectual property laws or agreements?

I know Star Trek is set in a post-scarcity economy based partly on replicator technology, which makes the expensive items of today (e.g., fashionable clothes, fast cars, beautiful furniture) ...
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Is every inhabited planet within Federation space a member? [duplicate]

The UFP consists of approximately 150 member planets and most maps show the territory it covers to be about a quarter of the Milky Way. Given that the Star Trek universe has no shortage of worlds ...
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Does the Federation have the equivalent of Miranda rights?

I am watching DS9 for the first time (almost at the end of season 4) and it struck me that whenever a character is arrested, it seems that they are never told their rights and/or what they're being ...
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Apparent Earth-Centricity of the Federation [duplicate]

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 ...
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Since human lives are more valuable, why doesn't the Federation replace their Starfleet crews with mostly holograms?

The Doctor on Voyager is a hologram. He is just as competent as the human doctors on other starships. In fact, I would argue that the hologram Doctor is even more competent than the humans, as he was ...
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How much authority does the Federation President have?

It's stated in "Paradise Lost" (and other episodes) that the Federation President has the authority to set martial law, announce a state of emergency (as with the Borg attack in BOBW), and take other ...
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How does the Federation conduct trade with the other species given that money no longer exist in the Federation economy?

Nobody works for a living in the Star Trek Federation since the concept of money does not exist. Without money as a medium of exchange, how does the Federation conduct trade with the other worlds? I ...
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In Star Trek 2 (movie) The Wrath Of Khan, why does Khan wear the federation emblem? [duplicate]

Watching the film again, I noticed that once Khan gets on the bridge of the Reliant, he has a Federation emblem on a neck chain. Previously on the planet Khan was well covered (although it might ...
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Can a private citizen of the Federation legally obtain a starship?

Say that I am a citizen of the Federation, but am not a member of Starfleet. Is there any way that I can legally obtain a Federation-made starship of my own? If so, what is the best type of starship I ...
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Is Captain Kirk forgetting all the other races in the Federation?

In Star Trek Beyond, Krall monologues to Captain Kirk on how the unity of the Federation is not a strength, but is instead a weakness. Captain Kirk musters a response something like this, "I think you ...
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Who knows about the alternate timeline?

With the new movie coming up I've been wondering: Just how many people know that Nero was from the future and created the alternate timeline they are all now living in? Starfleet Command knows, and ...
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Has the Federation ever destroyed a planet?

The Federation is obviously capable of doing this, but have they? Such an extreme action need not be a belligerent act. It could be undertaken to save a nearby star system from a 'virus' originating ...
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What Star Trek episodes/films portray Federation legal proceedings?

Courtrooms provide the context for great drama because of the high stakes. Star Trek is no exception at taking advantage. What Star Trek episodes/films portray Federation legal proceedings? Related: ...
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Do Federation prisons still use bars on the cells?

Watching DS9, S2E21, The Maquis, Pt II. Sisko is trying to talk Cal out of further activities with the Maquis. He tells Cal that the Federation won't stop until Cal was "behind bars". Since we know ...
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Can the Federation's “Quality over Quantity” (k-strategy) philosophy defend itself on its own?

Most people would notice that the United Federation of Planets fields very powerful ships - the Galor class Cardassian ship and the Klingon Bird of Prey, though staples of their respective fleets, ...
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What preparations had the Federation made to deal with the Borg before 'Best of Both Worlds Pt I'?

In Q, Who, the Federation are first properly introduced to the Borg (they had been exposed to the Borg before, but not formally introduced shall we say). When it came time a couple of years later ...
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Did the Klingons join the Federation?

In "Samaritan Snare", there's an interesting exchange between Wesley Crusher and Captain Picard: PICARD: Several friends and I were on leave at Farspace Starbase Earhart. It was little more than a ...
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How frequently do Federation Starfleet personnel receive shore leave?

According to the Memory Alpha page on shore leave, Starfleet (both Earth and Federation) receive occasional shore leave. One thing the page doesn't mention though is the frequency of shore leave. I'...
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What word describes organisations like the Federation, Klingon Empire, and Dominion in Star Trek?

There are many territorial areas and governmental bodies in Star Trek: The United Federation of Planets The Klingon Empire The Romulan Empire The Ferengi Alliance The Dominion and probably a host of ...
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Why Star Trek vessels have “USS” designation, when they're “produced” by Federation? [duplicate]

Following this question, Why Star Trek vessels have "USS" (United States Ship) designation, when they're produced, founded, ordered and managed by Federation of Planets? Shouldn't their designation ...
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What is the bloodiest war in the Star Trek universe involving the UFP?

I was watching TNG : The Best of Both Worlds, Part 2. The Battle of Wolf 359 resulted in over 11,000 Federation deaths and the loss of a Borg Cube with its crew of thousands of drones. This led me to ...
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Why is Federation Space divided?

I was curious to see a map of the Star Trek universe galaxy. I found quite a few good images. Naturally, many did not look similar to each other, and some were even confusing because they showed ...
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Which species has the greatest population in the Federation?

The Federation by the 24th century is indeed a very large union. I was wondering though, if there was any indication of which species formed the largest portion of the Federation's population by the ...
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Why is it considered taboo for a Federation citizen to live on a primitive world?

I understand the the Prime Directive strictly prohibits many things in regards to interference with other less technologically advanced cultures through artificial means. However, why does it seem to ...
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What is the largest ship in the Star Trek Universe?

I know that the Enterprise-E was considered one of the largest ships the Federation ever built and I know that Borg cubes are seemingly much larger than that. What are the largest ships constructed ...
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What are the fastest Federation ships in the 23rd and 24th century?

Excluding special circumstances like the soliton wave, interference by the traveler or caretaker, Cytherian technology enhancements, etc., what ships are the fastest in the Federation? Also, what are ...
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Is there a universal age of adulthood recognized by UFOP?

In the galaxy, lifespans are ridiculously varied, from Kes' species becoming adults at about age 2 to the effectively immortal Trill. I know that UFOP doesn't dominate the entire galaxy, but does it ...
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What was the first Federation flagship/starship in service?

Did the Feds have any classes of or starships in service before the NCC1701 Enterprise? I'm curious as to the history of the space exploration operation and which ships began the first voyages into ...
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What exactly is a Star Fleet Admiral's duty?

Once a Captain has been promoted to Admiral, what becomes their official duty? Do Admirals have certain predetermined Captains and ships under their command, or do they get orders from higher up? What'...
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Is there a way to reconcile Janeway's behaviour after having left the anomalous void?

In the Voyager episode 7x15, Voyager is sucked into an anomaly known as The Void (not to be confused with the region of space of the same name). The point of the episode is to show that ideals can be ...
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Why aren't Federation ships built with two warp cores?

Earthlings in the 20th century learned the value of putting multiple engines on aircraft: that way, if one fails, you can keep flying. But in the Star Trek universe, Federation ships like the ...
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Does DS9's “Prodigal Daughter” imply that Trill is not a Federation world?

In DS9's "Prodigal Daughter", Morica Bilby is asking money of the Tigan family. As the Federation gave up on the concept of currency, does this imply that Trill is not a Federation world, hence its ...
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Any EU Mention of the content of the Constitution of the United Federation of Planets?

Are there further mentions of this Constitution in the books, perhaps with other Guarantees? In canon, the 7th Guarantee is mentioned in ST:TNG S04E21 that I am rewatching now, paraphrased in Memory ...
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Why doesn't the Enterprise use stealth/invisibility technology like the Romulans and Klingons?

The stealth mode of starships plays a huge role in many Star Trek films and episodes and is a strong advantage in combat. I remember an episode revealing that the Federation developed a secret stealth ...
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How big was the Vulcan state before they joined the Federation?

As a long-time Trek fan who just finished watching the ENT series for the first time, I realized that there were very few clues on just how large and widespread the Vulcan state[1] actually was, ...
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Why is the Federation's primary defense fleet (Starfleet) dominated by humans?

Starfleet is supposedly an exploratory and defense** fleet representing the entire Federation. Yet its command hierarchy is dominated by humans, its headquarters are on Earth, its flagship is a human-...
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How many Federation Starships did James T. Kirk destroy?

How many Federation Starships was James T. Kirk responsible for destroying?
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Why did Starfleet not adopt or acquire the Xindi's subspace vortex technology?

In Enterprise, the Xindi used a method of propulsion where they would generate subspace vortexes, allowing them to traverse vast distances faster than traditional warp drives. The Xindi eventually ...
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Why are all Federation starships similar in design?

All Federation starships I have seen have a very similar configuration. Is there any in-universe explanation for this? I know this configuration comes from human ships like the NX-01, but why was it ...
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What Star Trek work takes place the furthest into the future of the Federation?

Star Trek: Enterprise turned out to be a cool series, with some convoluted time-travel story arcs. In one, you see the Federation far in the future fighting a battle against the sphere builders. I ...