Federation Council
Federation Council
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Affiliation United Federation of Planets
Commander President Pro Tempore Gruzy
Location Earth, Sol Sector, Alpha Quadrant
Status Active

The Federation Council is the primary elected body of the United Federation of Planets and was created in 2161. The primary responsibility of those serving on the Federation Council is to maintain interplanetary peace and security. The Federation President is chosen from the Council membership and oversees the entire Federation government.

History

Established with the signing of the Federation Charter, the Federation Council is the primary legislative body of the Federation and oversees the day to day operations of the government. The early years of the Federation in the 22nd Century were marred by multiple groups trying to assert their dominance over the whole; however, this was overcome with time as more and more efforts were made to establish a system of collaboration and cooperation amongst the member worlds. Councilors also had to deal with growing risk from external powers that did not want to deal with the nascent government. Early risks came from the Klingon Empire whom saw the growth of the Federation as a threat to their borders. The Romulan Star Empire went into a period of isolation; however, were secretly trying to gain control over key forces before finally being locked behind their borders.

The 23rd Century saw the growth of the Federation as a key player in the galaxy as the organization continued to grow. As new memberships grew and territory expanded, the Federation Council was challenged by the growing animosity of the Klingon Empire. This led to the establishment of the Organian Peace Treaty that developed a Neutral Zone between the two powers. This, however, did not preclude small scale conflicts that challenged the Council's resolve. This led to the Babel Conference to welcome additional members into the Federation and negotiate trade deals between multiple powers in the galaxy. The Council would also be drawn more and more into daily galactic politics. Nothing, however, was as damning as the fallout from Project Genesis. To help resolve the issue the Council directly oversaw the trial of the crew of the USS Enterprise for their involvement in the incident and released them from all but one charge due to their efforts to save Earth from the Cetacean crisis. As part of their decree further research into the Genesis technologies. Later, the Council would meet at Khitomer to discuss the disarmament of the Klingon Empire and to establish the Khitomer Accords.

The 24th Century would see continued expansion for the Federation, but growing strife. The Federation Council would be forced to set intergalactic limits on Warp technology due to research that discovered that the Warp Drive was damaging the space time continuum. Relations with the Klingon Empire would become strained with the invasion of the Cardassian Union, but would improve again with the outbreak of the Dominion war. Some of the darker methods of the Federation were discovered during the late days of the 24th Century. With the discovery of Section 31 and its efforts against the galaxy, the Federation Council ordered a top level review and had the top leadership of the organization arrested and imprisoned. Nonetheless, several of their actions were applauded including the development of a virus that nearly wiped out the top leadership of the Dominion: the Founders. The Council's actions led to the Andorian Empire temporarily seceding from the Federation; however, they later returned as a full member race.

The 25th Century has shown struggle for the galaxy with the outbreak of multiple wars. First, the Federation and the Klingon Empires went to war over the Hromi Cluster and the Archanis Sector; however, peace was restored in 2410. A threat from a race known as the T'Saz Imperium challenged the Council, but the greatest threat to the safety of the Federation itself came with the attack by the Supremacy upon the Federation, Klingons, and Romulans. Divisions were quickly discovered as the varied factions jockeyed for renewed control over the Council itself. Despite this occurring nearly a decade ago, as of 2427 the divisions were still present with some feeling a more defensive tone should be set instead of an exploratory one - especially following the events of Reunification and the death of President Lesia Enaren. It remains to be seen what the future will hold.

Council Composition

The Federation Council is the second House of the Federation's bicameral legislature, the other being the Federation Assembly. The Council consists of eleven representatives elected to represent the will of the Federation itself with the Federation President appointed from its ranks to serve as the head of the Executive Branch. As part of the Articles of the Federation the five original signatory governments of the Articles of the Federation are awarded permanent seats on the Federation Council with the remaining six seats appointed by the Federation Assembly. If, for some reason, a member of the Council cannot be present he/she may appoint a temporary representative from their homeworld or another Federation member to speak on their behalf. At times the Federation Council will opt to create agencies to assist with meeting the organization's goals.

Council Directory

Internal Officials

Permanent Representatives

  • Representative from the Alpha Centauri Concordium: AVAILABLE
  • Representative from the Andorian Empire: AVAILABLE
  • Representative from the Confederacy of Vulcan: Ambassador T'Nara
  • Representative from United Earth: Ambassador Jonathan Grayson
  • Representative from the United Planets of Tellar: AVAILABLE

Selected Representatives

  • Representative from Benzar: Ambassador Caxl
  • Representative from Coridan: Ambassador Restalar Kalev
  • Representative from New Xindus: Ambassador Gruzy
  • Representative from Trill: Ambassador Daeren Iril
  • Representative from: AVAILABLE
  • Representative from: AVAILABLE

Support Staff

  • Starfleet Liaison: Admiral Linz

External Officials

Foreign Officials

Council Operation

Under the Articles of the Federation the Federation Council is a legislative body that is in continuous operation operating on behalf of the United Federation of Planets. Traditionally the Federation Council meets in San Francisco on the grounds of Starfleet Headquarters at the Vanderbilt Building; however, the Council also has a meeting hall at the Palais de la Concorde - alongside the Federation Assembly - and onboard Starfleet One. The Federation Council has its own rules of conduct and procedure and serves as the primary legislative branch for the Federation itself, its members making decisions with the support of the Federation Assembly. Any Federation citizen has the right to participate in Council discussions, but these citizens are not permitted to vote on matters. The same right is granted to unaffiliated worlds and governments provided that they are affected by decisions made by the Council in its deliberations.

The Federation Council may investigate any dispute, or any situation that might lead to conflict, in order to preserve the peace. If necessary the Council can impose that the situation be resolved by the parties, or the Council can choose to intervene. If the situation is directly affecting Federation citizens, territories, or worlds the Council may impose its own solution to a problem or recommendations on how to resolve an issue. Should a threat to peace emerge the Federation Council is required to make every effort to restore peace to the Federation - up to and including armed conflict. In the event of armed conflict the Council will work closely with Starfleet to resolve the situation - often times this included the development of a Military Staff Committee that will oversee the conflict in order to reach an amicable resolution for the Federation and the enemy.

Through its mandates of ensuring the peace and stability of the Federation itself, the Federation Council works very closely with the Federation Assembly and all committees to ensure that the Federation's goals are being met. While resource allocation is a priority of the Federation Assembly, the Federation Council receives routine updates from the Assembly's Economic and Social Council on available resources and how they are being distributed. Through the same organization the Council monitors the treatment of the citizens of the Federation, ensuring that all citizens are given equal rights. In the event that equality is at risk the Council will work closely with the Federation Supreme Court to remedy the transgression.

While the President oversees the Executive Branch of the Federation, the President is selected from the membership of the Federation Council and appointed by the Federation Assembly to lead. The President then oversees all meetings of both the Assembly and the Council. Traditionally the President no longer has a right to vote on an issue except for in the event of a tie; however, the President can bring items of discussion to the attention of either legislative body. As part of his responsibilities the President will also appoint staff members - whom are part of the Executive Branch - to work with each legislative body to accomplish the Federation's mission. All members of the Federation's Executive, Judicial, and Legislative Branches are expected to be impartial in matters.

Council Voting

Each Representative of the Federation Council has one vote on matters being discussed. In the event of a tie the Federation President will cast the tiebreaking vote.

See Also

Real World

The Federation Council is based upon the legislatures of both the United Nations and the United States. Due to its purpose of representing the needs of the government it is more akin to the Senate of the United States than the House of Representatives.

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