Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
^ But like I said, we already know that's not the case here. United Earth exists; we have seen it. And of course it will - it must - continue to exist even with the founding of the Federation.
To some degree, but we really have no idea how much authority or power they actually have. it could be extremely limited. And technically by DS9 time, it doesn't have to exist in any form (i think it does, but it doesn't have to).