I'm going to rewatch Andromeda. Or at least some of it. I didn't watch either that or Earth: The Final Conflict after the first season. Why would I? The Commonwealth is basically the Federation. The Andromeda disappeared 300 years into the future. And, in the interim, while Andromeda was missing, the Commonwealth fell. This is all based on ideas Gene Roddenberry had, going back to the '70s, with Genesis II, which was made in 1973 and I watched in 2000 right around the time Andromeda premiered. It's entirely possible that Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise want to flesh out the thumbnail sketch of the idea that Gene Roddenberry had back then. So it would be interesting to look at what was done before in a Post-Apocalyptic/Post-Commonwealth setting. If indeed the Federation ends up being firmly entrenched in the "Long Ago Time" that Craft referred to in "Calypso".