The Federation is dedicated to freedom of societies and freedom of individuals. It works not by enforcing restrictions upon its members, but rather by promoting cooperation and harmony. Star Fleet exists to defend the Federation and its principles throughout all of known space.
As an officer of Star Fleet, you have assumed a responsibility to the Fleet and to the Federation. You are the iron foundation upon which the freedoms of others are built. You must fight to maintain peace and obey orders to promote freedom for all.
The year-to-year handling of Federation affairs is handled by the various elected councils, and by Star Fleet.
The Federation Council is primarily responsible for maintaining internal peace and security, primarily by acting as a mediator for member disputes. However, it also determines the year-to-year policy for budget disbursement. It is a council of 11 representatives: 6 elected by the Supreme Assembly, and 5 representing the original five members of the Federation. While officially it only acts in an advisory role, its opinions carry weight with all members of the Federation.
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The Economic and Social Council is responsible for instituting and publicizing studies on the social systems of Federation members. This is of direct importance since each member state's dues to the Federation are set in proportion this council's estimate of their gross economic product.
Breaks with Federation policy will result in the member being removed from the Federation.