We've discussed this before on the forum, the manner in which most of the nations in the novel 'verse have a different name (rather than endless repetitions of "So-and-so Republic" or "Such-and-such Empire"). Many of these names were pre-established, but not all are canonical (The Talarians and Tzenkethi both apparently take theirs from the Star Charts, where they were applied absent any sense of what these nations were like (save a few established basics: Talarian hierarchy strictly male-dominated, strong patriarchal structure; Tzenkethi led by an autarch - though in retrospect, the Federation's willingness to believe that he was overthrown in a coup seems rather strange. Tzenkethi? Overthrowing their leader? What madness is this?) I wonder where the balance lies for other readers, regarding the diversity of names. I'm sure we all appreciate some variety in naming, hence the decision to be a bit adventurous, but where does it head into territory where it becomes a bit laughable? Where does it touch on "can't use that, it's used already" territory, as though there's a list somewhere and once a name's gone, it's gone? Major powers: United Federation of Planets. Klingon Empire: (Speculative aside: Since the novels have suggested that Kling is a city on Qo'noS (Forged in Fire, for one), might we assume that Kling is the birthplace of Kahless? (I'm not sure we've ever been told where he was from, though his victory at Qam-Chee seems to have resulted in his being associated primarily with that settlement, hence its development into the First City). If Kling is Kahless' home, it might explain why he formed the Klingon Empire, leading the species to identify as Klingon, in the same manner as the Bajora gave their name to their species after annexing all of their planet? Romulan Star Empire: (Rather more ambitious and ideologically-defined, I think. Klingons may conquer to enrich the spirit, but they're also driven by practical resource acquisition. Romulans are driven by an assumption of ethnic supremacy and manifest destiny. The stars is where their empire aims and where it will be. The Klingons had an empire and then entered space, but the Romulans came from space before going back to it to make their empire. Still, disappointingly similar, thank goodness someone added the 'Star', or we'd have a duplicate, and that won't do). Cardassian Union Ferengi Alliance Tzenkethi Coalition Gorn Hegemony Tholian Assembly Breen Confederacy Holy Order of the Kinshaya Talarian Republic Sheliak Corporate Regnancy of the Carnelian Throne New Thallonian Protectorate (former empire, had the good manners to change its name and not step on any toes. I applaud it). Vomnin Confederacy (duplicate. The Vomnin have scavenged a pre-used name rather than make their own. Typical). Minor powers: Goeg Domain Venette Convention Nalori Republic (duplicate) First Federation (duplicate, although I believe they actually used it first, so rightfully the UFP should be the one to change its name. I don't think the UFP actually existed when Balok did his thing). Metron Consortium: Used in Star Charts, though I don't like this one. Why would we assume that the Metron reference in Business as Usual is a nod to the Metron in Arena? It doesn't make sense that pacifist Metrons would run an arms dealership. Just coincidence, I assume. (Or some company using the name ironically, like "Mahatma Ghandi Munitions"? Which would be fun. Hopefully their logo is a grizzled Metron armed to the teeth). Patriarchy of Kzin (or just "Patriarchy", because there's only one Patriarch worth mentioning, presumably, mighty be his second-hand feline personage). Guidon Pontificate Ubarrak Primacy Danteri Empire (duplicate). Then those that don't seem to have a nation distinct from their race, because they're one and the same: Watraii Balduk I also wonder what the official name of the Orion nation is? Is it indeed, Orion Colonies?