They are a bit like the USA or the United Nations. think they are superior to everyone else but are deeply flawed in many ways.
Watch that. I'll be the first to admit that the USA is, as you say, deeply flawed in many ways, and I'll never be a flag waver, but it's my home.
Besides, once I'm "elected", heh, president, things will change for the better.
I think American people are great but the politicians... not so much. foreign invasions and all that. it's the ruling elite of most contries that are the problem.
with the Federation you get the vision that it's Earth's empire. Dominated by Earth and set up for earth. the smaller worlds get swallowed up because it's supposedly good for them but it's good for Earth to have all the allies they can get.