Star Trek: Armada III begins with the first stirrings of the Dominion War and allows players to take command of five unique factions, the United Federation of Planets, the Klingon Empire, the Romulan Star Empire, the Cardassian Union/Dominion Alliance, and the Borg Collective. Explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where no one has gone before.
"The United Federation of Planets is the most remarkable institution ever conceived. And it is my cause to make sure that this... extraordinary union be preserved."
- Admiral Nora Satie, on the Federation's great value and unique quality
Initially a coalition of mutual defence in the face of Romulan aggression, the United Federation of Planets was officially born in 2161 when the founding worlds of Earth, Vulcan, Andoria and Tellar united as a singular political entity. Founded on ideals of mutual cooperation, shared knowledge, trade, cultural exchange and peaceful coexistence, the Federation has since grown to become the most influential state in the Alpha Quadrant. Like individual drops of water coming together to form a lake, the Federation covers more space than any of the empires controlled by single species, and is now made up of more than 150 member states spread across 8,000 light-years.
Federation membership is voluntary, and comes with a number of significant benefits. Prospective members are assessed carefully for their suitability - member states must be warp-capable and share many Federation principles, such as freedom, rule of law, social equality, political stability, respect for the rights of the individual, and the desire (and ability) to coexist with other species in peace. These shared principles have led to the Federation becoming a beacon of progress, freedom and compassion, surrounded on most sides by more aggressive powers.
The Federation interacts with the rest of the galaxy via Starfleet, a semi-military organisation responsible for carrying out space exploration, diplomacy, humanitarian aid and defence. Starfleet has carried out these duties for more than 200 years, and is often at the forefront of scientific innovation, as well as being on the front-lines in times of crisis or war. Starfleet's reputation for bravery, skill and ingenuity has been well-earned over two centuries spent pushing the boundaries of the final frontier.