Patrick O'Brien wrote:
You could read Articles of the Federation, by Keith R.A. DeCandido. The book has a first contact component and delves into Federation Government/Politics.
Huh, I just started reading it and I can already tell the author has watched every episode of The West Wing. Nan Bacco is a little too similar to Jed Bartlet right down to the back story.
The character traits of her staff match that of his to varying degree's too. She even has a secretary that is snarky.