The Presidency of the United Federation of Planets

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    The office of President of the United Federation of Planets has been held officially by 42 individuals (40 elected, 2 serving pro tempore) over a period of 245 years between 2165 and 2410. A related office, that of President of the Council of the United Federation of Planets was held by 18 individuals from 2162 until its abolishment in 2284, and is often conflated with the former. The 42 individuals were representative of 18 member states and are comprised of members of 14 different species.

    Background
    The first Federation President is generally considered to be Haroun al-Rashid, a former Councillor for United Earth. He took office in 2165. Prior to this, the role of the Federation's Head of State was shared by the Federation Council President, the first being Thomas Vanderbilt, who was elected to that position in 2162. Vanderbilt succeeded Mark Wells, who is often erroneously referred to as the "first Federation President" due to his position as the last Chair of the Coalition of Planets and President of the Transition Committee to adopt the Federation Charter. President Wells never acted beyond his mandate and had little authority compared to future Presidents.

    Rise of the Federation (2165-2184)

    1. Haroun ibn Ahmad ibn Suleiman Abdurrahman al-Rashid (United Earth)
    1 January, 2165 - 31 December, 2172
    Species: Human
    Council President: Harmon Axelrod (UE, 2165-2179)
    Starfleet Chiefs of Staff: Jonathan Archer (2165-2169), Hravishran th'Zoarhi (2169-2196)

    al-Rashid's Presidency was marked at first by the Ware Crisis and tensions with the Klingon Empire. He adopted the Non-Interference Doctrine (later known as the Prime Directive), and promoted an increase in heavy exploration, resulting in the controversial loss and destruction of several ships (Archon, Horizon, Essex, Columbia), which led to the early retirement of famed Admiral Jonathan Archer at al-Rashid's urging. His relationship with the Council President, fellow UE Councillor Harmon Axelrod (who succeeded Vanderbilt), was very testy, and al-Rashid often presided over Council deliberations himself, in what would later be considered a breach of protocol. After a relatively calm and successful second term, al-Rashid retired from politics, setting a precedent of two terms that wouldn't be broken until the 24th century.

    2. T'Maran of Vulcan (Confederacy of Vulcan)
    1 January, 2173 - 31 December, 2176
    Species: Vulcan
    Council President: Harmon Axelrod (UE, 2165-2179)
    Starfleet Chief of Staff: Hravishran th'Zoarhi (2169-2196)
    T'Maran of Vulcan was the first of her species and first non-human to serve as the Federation Head of State. Although the Vulcan Confederacy was very isolationist in this era, T'Maran was an outlier, pushing for increased involvement in regional affairs. She was an early proponent of easing requirements for entry into the Federation that would allow for an exponential increase in membership, although no new members (beyond colony planets) were fully admitted during her term due to strenuous objections by the Federation Council and Council President Axelrod. Increased xenophobia on Earth, directed mostly at President T'Maran and General Shran, as well as a political rout with Administrator T'Pau, led to T'Maran declining to run for a second term, and being recalled to Vulcan, where she resided for the rest of her days.

    3. Avaranthi sh'Rothress (Andorian Empire)
    1 January, 2177 - 31 December, 2184
    Species: Andorian
    Council Presidents: Harmon Axelrod (UE, 2165-2179), Ursula Yare (UE, 2179-2181), Cristofur Thorpe (ACC, 2181-2186)
    Starfleet Chief of Staff: Hravishran th'Zoarhi (2169-2196)​

    Avaran was the first Andorian to be elected, and brought with her a large entourage of ships and the so-called "Presidential Fleet" of Andorian battlecruisers that patrolled the Sol system. She was seen as a public relations disaster at first, flouting Earth customs in favor of Andorian ones and overreaching her authority to pressure the UE Prime Minister to denounce the xenophobic organizations that had grown in number during her first term. She openly cavorted with General Shran, a member of her own race, although she never entered into a marriage bond herself. The Battle of the Belt, the worst attack on a Federation fleet until the 2250s (crippling a fleet of 15 Starfleet and Andorian starships by pirates loosely affiliated with the Mirak Star League) occurred during her first term, and she was venomously attacked for this by Council President Axelrod and his allies on the Council. In response, she rallied opposition against Axelrod, who she claimed had cut off funding for her Presidential Fleet and jeopardized the safety of Earth. He lost a vote of non-confidence and she won a second term. His successor, Ursula Yare, was a close colleague (and reputed lover) of Axelrod, but managed to last two years by denouncing him until Avaran asked for her resignation following a financial scandal. The relationship between Cristofur Thorpe (the first Centauran to serve as Council President) and Avaran is largely unchronicled, but Thorpe was a legendarily private individual who eschewed public speeches and worked mostly from his castle on New Montana. Although widely popular at the end of her second term, she was pressured to retire by close friends amid a number of personal scandals they believed were ready to explode. She would be succeeded by a Starfleet war hero, popular amongst all the founding members.

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    4. Jonathan Beckett Archer (United Earth)
    1 January, 2185 - 31 December, 2192
    Species: Human
    Council Presidents: Cristofur Thorpe (ACC, 2181-2186), Sutorox of Vulcan (CoV, 2186-2240)
    Starfleet Chief of Staff: Hravishran th'Zoarhi (2169-2196)
    Admiral Archer had been a hero of the Romulan War and was instrumental in the founding of the Federation and reorganizing Starfleet. Although he resigned under a haze following the loss of several exploration ships, he had successfully rehabilitated his image following the publication of his autobiography and several dramatizations of his captaincy during the Romulan War. As such, going into the 2184 election, Archer's name was put forward and easily accepted by all the founding members and many of the colony worlds and additional members for the office. Their was initial reluctance to replace outgoing President Avaran, hugely popular amongst her people and throughout the Federation, but Archer had been Ambassador to Andoria and was considered a war hero amongst their people as well, being instrumental in stopping an Orion conspiracy to dismantle the Andorian government in the mid-2170s following the assassination of the Chancellor. Other candidates for the '84 election, including future President Sardix and the Ithenite Councillor Gaila Klod, dropped out in favor of Archer, leading him to be the first, and only, candidate for the presidency elected without opposition. Archer's first term was fairly uneventful. He put forward a policy to fully implement former President T'Maran's reforms (T'Maran being a political mentor to Archer), which led to the rapid expanse of the Federation to over fifty member states and a hundred colony worlds by 2186. Technological breakthroughs followed, and soon talk emerged of replacing the entirety of the aging Starfleet with new purposefully built ships. The Intrepid class and Columbia class were quickly deemed obsolete, while the Daedalus class and Kumari class were given short, 10-year extensions at the urging of General Shran. During this term, Council President Thorpe contracted a rare space disease (pyrrhoneuritis) and would be dead within four months. A then-little known Vulcan ambassador emerged as the dark horse to succeed Thorpe in an acting capacity. Sutorox is now known as the longest serving Federation Council President, with over 55 years in office under 11 Presidents. The "Age of Expansion" as this era is referred to in some texts may have been planned by T'Maran and Archer, but it was implemented and perfected by Sutorox. Some refer to this lengthy period as the Age of Sutorox. While Archer was elected with token opposition for his requisite second term, his presidency is often considered to be of little activity overall, and after retirement under the al-Rashid precedent, Archer preferred to be referred to as Admiral, and considered his eight years as President to be inconsequential in comparison to the works of Council President Sutorox.

    5. Gora bim Gralless (United Planets of Tellar)
    1 January, 2193 - 31 December, 2196
    Species: Tellarite
    Council President: Sutorox of Vulcan (CoV, 2186-2240)
    Starfleet Chiefs of Starff: Hravishran th'Zoarhi (2169-2196), T'Pol of Vulcan (2196-2238)
    Tellar Prime had complained vehemently about their lack of representation in the Federation Council and the offices at large. As the largest civilization in pure numbers, even after the admission of large states such as Arken II and the Rigel Colonies, the Tellarites believed that they should eclipse all other states in membership. The issue of representation was a sticky one for many years, and every election (except for 2184) had a major Tellarite candidate promoting this. With the retirement of Archer, they finally brought out their greatest diplomat, Gora bim Gral, who was considered one of the founding fathers of the Federation and its preceding organization, the Coalition of Planets. However, Gral was an old man by 2192, reaching the end of Tellarite life expectancy, and his memory problems from age led to several gaffes and convoluted arguments in the months preceding the election. Three days prior to an expectant victory, Gral suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage and was euthanized by his family, per Tellarite tradition. His son, also named Gora bim Gral, took his place as a candidate with the permission of the UPT government and Gral's closest advisors. The election was closer than expected, but the junior Gral's young age (he was about 50, in the prime of his life for a Tellarite), removed most of the issues regarding his father's qualifications. He won with a massive appeal towards Andoria, with promises of reconciliation for past misdeeds, and Mars, which had a growing Tellarite population. Shortly after the election, but before taking office, Gral II took the name "Gralless" for his professional career, a pun based on the English language that references the loss of his father (the worlds being "Gralless") and his insistence that he was not a replacement, but an homage. On Tellar, he is generally referred to as Gral or Gral II, as the pun does not work in the Tellaran language. The Gralless administration, featuring the first President of Tellarite persuasion, suffered from the expected arguments with his advisors, the Council President, and the Starfleet Chief of Staff. His main accomplishment was finishing the overhaul of the Starfleet, with the retirement of the Kumari and Daedalus classes during the end of his term, being replaced by the Baton Rouge and Einstein classes. He also sent Quadros probes to the farthest quadrants of the galaxy, and some into intergalactic space, expanding the star charts exponentially in the process. Reneging on promises made to Andoria, Gralless found himself completely isolated by the end of his term, politically, and his name wasn't even put forward for the 2196 election.

    6. Sardix of Vulcan (Confederacy of Vulcan)
    1 January, 2197 - 31 December, 2200
    Species: Vulcan
    Council President: Sutorox of Vulcan (CoV, 2186-2240)
    Starfleet Chief of Staff: T'Pol of Vulcan (2196-2238)​

    With Gralless out, the 2196 election became the most important election, to date, in the history of the Federation. The Tellarites refused to field a candidate in place of Gralless, and candidates from the Alpha Centauri Concordium (the only remaining founding member never to have had a President at this point) failed to gain traction due to the low population of the Concordium and most treating it as an extension of United Earth. It was believed Earth may never have a candidate again, the winds shifting towards external affairs, but this would prove historically inaccurate. Earth candidates still participated, but would not gain a foothold for a couple of cycles. Instead, the election quickly pivoted to two candidates: General Hravishran th'Zoarhi, the long-term Starfleet Chief of Staff from Andoria who retired to run for the Presidency, and Councilor Sardix of Vulcan, who was kin to popular Council President Sutorox. Despite Vulcan's isolationism in this era, they continued to send representatives who, for one reason or another, often sought and obtained positions of high merit in the Federation, an historical oddity covered in many tomes. General Shran attacked Sardix for being a nepotistic appointment. Sardix attacked Shran for his overt militarism. The debates quickly devolved into racial Andorian-Vulcan infighting, prompting many to fear a future rift between the two major powers and perhaps a secession from one or the other from the still-fragile Federation. Shran ended up taking the high road, and Sardix was seen by many as arrogant, and the election ended up being paper-thin. But the results were clear: Hravishran th'Zoarhi won the 2196 election to become the 6th Federation President. Of course, we all know the story of what happened next: Shran and his entourage uncovered evidence of tampering from unknown sources (some say Orion, some say Romulan) in the election results, and Shran made the noble move of resigning before his term was to begin. He would later go to serve many decades on the Federation Council, but never as President. In the modern era, this would've led to a special election, but the law was unclear in the 2190s, and it was agreed that the election still counted, but Shran's votes were invalid. Thus, Sardix was considered the victor and installed as President on 1 January, 2197. Shran's successor as Chief of Staff had been a former colleague on the SS Enterprise, Ambassador T'Pol, who regained her commission in 2196 to usher in the era of highly advanced starships. The triad of Sardix-Sutorox-T'Pol was the first of two times that the entire Federation government and military was commanded by members of the Confederacy of Vulcan. A triad of United Earth members occurred during al-Rashid's presidency (al-Rashid-Axelrod-Archer), but never again. Sardix continued the Quadros program and the refurbishment of Starfleet, but put a halt to new membership for a time, something that brought strict rebuke from expansionists like Archer and T'Maran and Councilor Shran.

    7. Thortathanal th'Valrass (Andorian Empire)
    1 January, 2201 - 31 December, 2204
    Species: Andorian
    Council President: Sutorox of Vulcan (CoV, 2186-2240)
    Starfleet Chief of Staff: T'Pol of Vulcan (2196-2238)
    The "Expansion Question" brought on by the Vulcan control of all the arms of Federation power was a hot topic at the dawn of the 23rd century, and another Andorian, Thortathan or Thortathanal as he was erroneously (initially) referred, rose to prominence to answer it. Gone were the vehement days of Andorians attacking Vulcans. Thortathanal had adopted a Vulcan way of life, in many respects, and was often seen as the more logical, composed figure in comparison to Sardix, a former v'tosh ka'tur who had issues containing his emotions. Neighboring states, such as Coridan and Qo'noS, were taken back by the Federation's exponential growth in this era, and border wars began propping up. Piracy from the Orions and the Mirak had grown rampant, taking advantage of the anarchic state of things on the Federation's border. Thortathanal argued for "Expansion within Reason" versus Sardix's knee-jerk reaction to stop all membership inquiries and processes (which left many Protectorates and applicants unprotected or quick to join other alliances). Sutorox was a noted proponent of Expansion, and broke with his kinsman's policy adjustment. As Council President, he had more control over admission policies in this era, and expansions quickly resumed despite Sardix's disapproval. This all led to Sardix, already unpopular from 2196, losing his reelection to Thortathanal. Thortathanal worked well with Sutorox and Admiral T'Pol, and the so-called "Age of Expansion" resumed once more without a hitch.

    8. Barbara Ann Einicrox (United Earth)
    1 January, 2205 - 31 December, 2208
    Species: Human
    Council President: Sutorox of Vulcan (CoV, 2186-2240)
    Starfleet Chief of Staff: T'Pol of Vulcan (2196-2238)
    Thortathanal didn't believe in reelection. He was against campaigning, and allowed another Andorian to run in his stead. Instead, he opted for a seat on the council with his former superior, Councilor Shran, and later broke his endorsement away from the controversial Andorian chosen and towards Councilor Einicrox of Earth. Barbara Einicrox was still a toddler when the Federation was founded, and had never known the era before. She was the youngest person elected President until Kenneth Wescott. Her term was noted for the expansion of the Einstein program, a slowdown (but not absurdly so) of new membership, and a two-year committee to rewrite the Non-interference Doctrine, later reissued as Starfleet General Order 1. For reasons unclear, Vulcan Administrator T'Pau was against most of Einicrox's policies, and ordered her aides to put a stop to them. It was thought by some that she was pushing for a secession of the isolated Vulcan at this time, but Council President Sutorox and Admiral T'Pol prevented this measure from occurring.

    9. Suessor of Vulcan (Confederacy of Vulcan)
    1 January, 2209 - 31 December, 2212
    Species: Vulcan
    Council President: Sutorox of Vulcan (CoV, 2186-2240)
    Starfleet Chief of Staff: T'Pol of Vulcan (2196-2238)
    To continue stopping the growing discord on Vulcan, the Vulcan candidate to replace Einicrox was quickly endorsed by Einicrox herself. T'Pau's plans to secede failed when Vulcan once again retained control over the Federation, making no scapegoat available. President Suessor was in fact the first and only Syrannite elected to the Presidency, and had been bonded to T'Pau from their respective youths, although T'Pau never married, owing to her religious and later political obligations, and Suessor respected this, eventually taking a human wife, Charlene Pasteur, whom he married while President. Suessor continued Einicrox's policy objectives, refining them in concert with his Vulcan colleagues.

    10. Todahlahr ch'Azethiq (Andorian Empire)
    1 January, 2213 - 31 December, 2216
    Species: Andorian
    Council President: Sutorox of Vulcan (CoV, 2186-2240)
    Starfleet Chief of Staff: T'Pol of Vulcan (2196-2238)
    For many, the 2212 election was more of the same. Another Andorian quickly rose to take over from another Vulcan. Some editorials bemoaned that the Presidency would quickly descend into an Andorian-Vulcan swap (with occassional Human or Centauran tossed in), and all matters of colonial or even non-founder matters ignored. The presence of Vulcans in the other positions of high importance, now for decades, did not alleviate such concerns. But, as expected, Suessor lost his re-election to an Andorian of minor import, and the cycle continued again. However, Todahlahr would be the last Andorian President (but not the last from Andoria) until the 24th century, with Andoria losing political importance to those colonial and non-founding matters. He did manage to expand Starfleet's exploratory mandate with the introduction of the Ranger class, a precursor to the famous Constitution class starships. Photon torpedoes, based on designs from the Klingon Empire, were developed and issued to all Starfleet vessels, increasing weapons yields and guarding against the continued pirate attacks and border skirmishes.

    11. Richard Roe Morvehl (Alpha Centauri Concordium)
    1 January, 2217 - 31 December, 2224
    Species: Human
    Council President: Sutorox of Vulcan (CoV, 2186-2240)
    Starfleet Chief of Staff: T'Pol of Vulcan (2196-2238)
    The Colonial interests had had enough of the major powers of Earth, Tellar, Andoria, and Vulcan simply trading the Presidency, it seems, and formed a united front to find a candidate to replace them. They chose a human from the so-called "Fifth Founder", the Alpha Centauri Concordium, that previously had been represented by the Council President Thorpe. Richard Roe Morvehl was considered by parodical illustrations, to be less intelligent than all his predecessors. But he had a dry wit, and quickly won over his more experienced and more popular opponents. His takedown of President Todahlahr in the one broadcast debate is considered the grandest of political theater, and surprised many with his secret intelligence behind a folksy demeanor. Morvehl brought pride to all those from outside the four founder worlds, and won the Presidency in a landslide, winning even popularly in Tellar Prime and Earth (although many contributed this to unspoken xenophobia). As President, Morvehl pushed for the resignation of Sutorox and the dismissal of T'Pol, but their decades of service had brought a power base that rivaled any other and his efforts were rebuked. Sutorox promoted the "Replacement Debacle" as a power move by the new President, and that he would not be bullied out of office. The public was weary, but general opinion was still in favor of the two Vulcans. Morvehl continued the Archer Mandate (or Sutorox Directive, titles vary) of accepting and expanding the Federation membership, and even removed restrictions put in place by Thortathanal. In his youth, he had argued against the Expansion Question (being a Sardix supporter), but flipped by the time of his presidency. He had a heavy interest, as a semi-colonial, in increasing colony worlds and accepting them for full membership. This conflicted with usual Concordium policy, which generally preferred less colonials, but they did not dare recall him, and his popularity amongst colonials skyrocketed. An early hiccough, of course, was renewed tensions with the Klingon Empire. The destruction of the USS Ranger in 2218 almost erupted into full war, before Admiral T'Pol and Sutorox managed to calm tensions against Morvehl's dictates. After winning reelection in 2220, Morvehl overruled his Starfleet Chief of Staff and ordered and increased militarization along the Klingon border. With a state of intermittent skirmishes with the Romulans coming to an end, the new Klingon Chancellor began worrying about Federation encroachment into his space. Both sides began building up their fleets in preparation for war, and the galactic community was worried as border skirmishes began flaring up in 2223 and 2224.

    12. Janissa Kurvannis (United Earth)
    1 January, 2225 - 31 December, 2228
    Species: Human
    Council President: Sutorox of Vulcan (CoV, 2186-2240)
    Starfleet Chief of Staff: T'Pol of Vulcan (2196-2238)
    Morvehl, now seen as a warmonger pushing for War with the Klingons, a War that Sutorox and T'Pol said the Federation would be unprepared for, easily lost his attempt at an unprecedented third term. A notable peacemaker, Councilor Kurvannis, originally from Izar but elected from Earth, was swept in a wave pushing for peace with the Klingons. The Klingons did not heed her call for a peace treaty, responding to diplomats with simple beheadings. Acts of War, or attempted Acts of War, were commonplace during Kurvannis' administration, although the Klingon Empire publicly blamed these on rogue states or Klingon pirates. The Chancellor was, in fact, little more than a figurehead, as the Empire had divided into 20-some odd states ruled by the various Houses on the Klingon High Council. Peace was never an option, because there was no singular state to entreat with. But war was not an option either, outside of the general sense. The border was tightened, to prevent a furthering of atrocities, and the Federation was careful not to set off a galactic war. Kurvannis did stop expanding towards the Klingons (while increasing expansion in the opposite direction), but more importantly, quickly pivoted towards domestic issues. In 2227, she introduced a universal currency, the Federation credit, to be used in place of or in addition to the various economic currencies used by the member states. This evolution of the New World Economy would lead to the eventual dissolution of most currencies within the Federation, to a certain extent.

    13. Greshlahrigm blasch Noar (United Planets of Tellar)
    1 January, 2229 - 31 December, 2232
    Species: Tellarite
    Council President: Sutorox of Vulcan (CoV, 2186-2240)
    Starfleet Chief of Staff: T'Pol of Vulcan (2196-2238)
    Kurvannis' closest aide was a Tellarite, Greshlahrigm blasch Noar. Although Noar would be the proper address for her, she preferred to use her given name, Greshlahrigm, in all correspondence, and that is how she is usually categorized. She was referred to colloquially as the "Vice President" to Kurvannis, although no such position existed in the 23rd century, and was her chosen successor. Many were weary of electing another Tellarite, after the disaster of Gralless, but her congenial personality smoothed relations, and she won the election with a sizable percentage. It didn't hurt that Greshlahrigm had been a Starfleet Admiral, and promoted many ideas of keeping up with the Klingons, who continued to raid Federation space and attempted to destroy starbases. One of her first acts was to break the treaty from 2165 and build up heavily militarized Starbases along the border with the Klingon Empire. The Klingons protested, but without a centralized government and many atrocities under their belt, could not stop the escalation. A state of pure Cold War fully existed between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, who pulled back some of their border fighters after Greshlahrigm managed to destroy a few Klingon capital ships. Sutorox and T'Pol are believed to have been instrumental in this new era of Klingon-Federation relations, with the idea of reintroducing the classic "Vulcan Hello" when dealing with an antagonistic Klingon foe.

    14. Madza Bral (Trill Symbiosis)
    1 January, 2233 - 31 December, 2240
    Species: Trill
    Council President: Sutorox of Vulcan (CoV, 2186-2240)
    Starfleet Chiefs of Staff: T'Pol of Vulcan (2196-2238), Marcus van Diemen (2238-2250)
    Although Greshlahrigm's build-up was partially successful in preventing a full state of war from declaring, in addition to T'Pol's "Vulcan Hello" protocol, the colony worlds and border states were still under continuous attack from illicit Klingon raiders. In addition, some Klingon Houses had allied with the Orions, the Kzinti, the Tholians, and many others to prevent anarchic fronts and whittle down the Federation's expansion program. The Colonials strongly felt that the Four Founders, all within interior planets, weren't suffering under these atrocities and were making decisions from "ivory towers." Greshlahrigm received zero colonial support when she announced her reelection efforts, and in fact, would drop out less than a week later due to her sudden unpopularity. The popular candidate was the darkest of dark horses, an unexpected figure not from any of the Four Founders or even Alpha Centauri. She was Madza Bral, Ambassador to the Federation from the Trill Symbiosis. The Trill Symbiosis wasn't even a Federation member (it was a "joint state in coalition with the Federation", an ally member similar to protectorates), but had suffered many losses due to Klingon invasion. Ambassador Bral was noted as a brilliant speaker and vibrant personality, and wowed an audience when promoting a Denevan candidate, who promptly turned the tables and nominated her for the Presidency. Legally speaking, nothing prevented her candidacy, and she took to campaigning with heavy zeal, after an initial confusion, and managed to find herself as the first non-Founder, non-Federation citizen (although she was later granted honorary citizenship), and non-Federation councilor elected to the highest office in the land. Bral was initially hesistant to continue the policies of Sutorox and T'Pol that she believed unnecessarily antagonized the Klingons, but any small appeasement led to disasters such as the attack on Doctari Alpha and increased militarization was the only option. Colonial interests, and especially foreign interests from close allies such as Trill, continued to pressure Bral in maintaining a hard line against the Klingon Houses and their new stable of proxy powers. Although she won reelection by remaining on a war footing, the infamous "Archimedes Incident", a friendly fire accident where a Starfleet armada attacked a Tellarite merchant fleet, followed shortly by the total destruction of the Omus II Colony world by a Klingon task force, led to a reevaluation of the entire Federation ethos. Late in her second term, Bral finally decided to answer the "Expansion Question" and, with the assistance of retiring Council President Sutorox, issued a moratorium on all Federation membership until the Klingon situation resolved. The ending of the Expansion issue may have tied into Admiral T'Pol's retirement in 2238, being replaced by Marcus van Diemen, the first Starfleet officer to earn the rank of Fleet Admiral (for his actions saving Doctari Alpha), as T'Pol was against any form of equivocation towards the Klingons as a sign of weakness. With the stroke of a pen, Madza Bral, the Federation's first non-citizen President, ended all membership ascension in the Federation, including her own world, which was on the docket to become the newest Federation member. She retired upon the completion of her second term, and a complete new triad was in place for the beginning of 2241. But the end of the Expansion era did not solve the Klingon threat, who, as Admiral T'Pol said, smelled weakness. The worst was yet to come, and would culminate in the largest interstellar conflict up to that point.

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    15. Paula S. Christenson (United Earth)
    1 January, 2241 - 31 December, 2244
    Species: Human
    Council President: Petra Menliss (ACC, 2241-2246)
    Starfleet Chief of Staff: Marcus van Diemen (2238-2250)
    With the expansion issue over, and steady patrols along the Klingon border (unofficially referred to as the "Klingon Neutral Zone", a nod to the official Romulan Neutral Zone), Klingon raids subsided for a time, and the newly elected President, former Starfleet Captain Paula Christenson, thought the worst may have been over, but knew the only way to ensure peace was to increase technologically to meet any new threat. New technological threats were coming via the Tholians and the Sheliak, and funding and resources rolled into meeting these head on. A section of Starfleet Intelligence came out with advances in artificial intelligence to assist in threat assessment, and this proved to be the first major boon of Christenson's administration, eliminating most friendly fire engagements. The second was the discovery of a new algorithm to advance quantum computing. This computer advancement, known as Duotronics, revolutionized how starships work and communicate, and major technological breakthroughs began in holography, food synthesizing, refabrication, phase weaponry, and many more diverse fields. The Age of Discovery began with a simple system, and Christenson reaped the benefits. She immediately allocated resources, with the help of Fleet Admiral van Diemen, in fast-tracking the Ranger class replacement ships, the Constitution class, which introduced duotronic technology to Starfleet at large. She initiated resources into a replacement for photon torpedos, the so-called "quantum" torpedos, that ultimately fizzled out. The public decried Starfleet's supposed "takeover" of the Federation, with a rapidly expanding fleet, patrolling all borders and trade routes, and 'stifling' colonial independence with increased regulations. In 2244, a Babel Conference was held where representatives from both Tellar Prime and Vulcan argued for dissolving the Federation. It was believed that, returning to a state of semi-independence but close alliances, as in the days of the Coalition of Planets, they could better counteract the semi-independent, but closely allied Klingon Houses. Christenson considered this almost treason, and the Conference, which never actually submitted a vote for this proposal, was considered void as tensions rose amongst the United Planets of Tellar and the Confederacy of Vulcan. In response, Vulcan formed its own independent Expeditionary Force, and Tellar started a Merchant Protection Service. Christenson lost her mandate to rule, as she wasn't even considered for reelection.

    16. Samuel Solomon Qasr (Confederated Martian Colonies)
    1 January, 2245 - 31 December, 2248
    Species: Human
    Council Presidents: Petra Menliss (ACC, 2241-2246), Jacob Varis (PQC, 2246-2248), Sanara Dadari (UE, 2248-2250)
    Starfleet Chief of Staff: Marcus van Diemen (2238-2250)
    Qasr was an eccentric figure. An artist who invented his own last name (he was born Samuel Solomon, but named himself after a Quasar), he was considered the farthest away from a Starfleet officer like Christenson. He was also from the neighboring planet of Mars, which was very independently minded ever since declaring their own independence in the early part of the 22nd century, when all of Earth was trying to unite its resources. As a Martian artist, he had a unique perspective towards the issues of the Second Babel Conference. His ideas of forcing a treaty conference with the Klingon House leaders - not the Chancellor - showed some merit, but were wiped out when they responded with a massive invasion into the Donatu border system. The Donatu system was the home to one of the border area's biggest spaceports, and a crucial hub for the people of the neighboring Lta system, known as the Deltans. Over a thousand people perished in the Battle of Donatu V, before two Starfleet ships, the Yorkshire and the Republic arrived to fight against the atrocities and ultimately beat back the Klingon invasion. The spaceport and several scoutships were destroyed, and Qasr responded by launching the Constitution fleet of duotronic ships earlier than scheduled, and refitting some ships (such as the Baton Rouge-class Republic and Constellation) to Constitution-level quality. Qasr gained the respect of some Starfleet figures, by delegating authority instead of overreaching, and gave Fleet Admiral van Diemen a wide berth. But, still very independent in his thinking, he restricted Starfleet patrols to the border regions, and allowed the colonies more freedom, as was his understood mandate. This would backfire with the Tarsus IV massacre, when a colonial governor, following the onset of starvation from lack of resources, decided to decimate the population until it reached an acceptable level. Horrific events like this occurred with more and more frequency, and Qasr retreated from public life. The Council President at the time of the Tarsus IV massacre, Centauran Petra Menliss, resigned her post after the backlash, and her replacement, Jacob Varis of Planet Q, acted as President for several months when Qasr refused the post. When scandal broke out about the "Acting President", Varis resigned, and Sanara Dadari took his place, insisting on a special election that was ultimately cancelled after Qasr appealed to the Supreme Court.

    17. T'Pavis of Vulcan (Confederacy of Vulcan)
    1 January, 2249 - 31 December, 2252
    Species: Vulcan
    Council Presidents: Sanara Dadari (UE, 2248-2250), Claton Mintaine (UE, 2250-2251), Sarboran of Vulcan (CoV, 2251-2258)
    Starfleet Chiefs of Staff: Marcus van Diemen (2238-2250), Alexander Marcus (2250-2256)
    Suffice it to say, Qasr was out as President. The public was weary of too much independence and too much militarization, but it was hard to find a balance. The Vulcans, no longer isolationist (with the retirement of T'Pau to a local High Priestess), but increasing in its own private military force, was considered to offer the best system for balancing these two extremes. Specifically the young Ambassador, T'Pavis, a protege of retired Admiral T'Pol, who had warned of what would happen when she was forcibly retired from her position as Starfleet Chief of Staff ten years prior. T'Pavis was her own woman, though, and brought logic and foresight back to the office of the President. She increased the overview of the threat assessment program, allowing it to look for threats within the Federation (not only from overzealous Governors, but also internal enemies, like the Andorian pirate cabal or the supposed breakaway state in the Alpha Doradus system that engaged in slavery). The light touch helped alleviate some colonial concerns, but the hard line was still maintained with regards to Klingon antagonism. More Klingon ships were deterred from entering due to heightened surveillance and threat assessment in the first two years of her presidency, and it was believed that the tide had shifted, thanks to all the technological discoveries. However, the Klingons adapted, and once they learned of T'Pavis's "flagrant violation" of President Bral's moratorium on Expansion (T'Pavis allowed protectorate states, such as Risa and Cygnet XIV to become full members), they began campaigning again against the Federation, with the invasion of Axanar. The Battle of Axanar, although ending in victory due to the quick actions of Fleet Captain Garth of Izar onboard the USS Constitution, was the first in a series of 26 highly active raids later nicknamed the "Four Years War". Historians generally downplay these raids as little more than an escalation of Cold War tensions, although hundreds died at the time. This would pale in comparison to the later state of War between the two powers. T'Pavis did not pull back on her actions in response to Klingon aggression. In fact, she openly admitted the state of Efros Delta a day after a Klingon House leader announced he would declare war on them if they petitioned. T'Pavis and Council President Dadari did not get along, with Dadari ultimately resigning and being replaced by Councilor Mintaine of Earth, who served briefly before replacement by Sarboran of Vulcan. After Fleet Admiral van Diemen publicly decried the use of a threat assessment program, he was ordered to resign and was replaced by Vice Admiral Alexander Marcus, a strong supporter of the program. At the time, the press joked that T'Pavis replaced one Marcus for another.

    18. Kristof Blaque (Alpha Centauri Concordium)
    1 January, 2253 - 31 December, 2256
    Species: Human
    Council President: Sarboran of Vulcan (CoV, 2251-2258)
    Starfleet Chief of Staff: Alexander Marcus (2250-2256)
    Starfleet Commander-in-Chief: Alexander Marcus (2256-2265)
    T'Pavis retired after only one term, feeling that the Klingon Empire was not a threat compared to newly assessed enemies such as the Sheliak or the Cardassians. Starfleet continued its expansion to counter these threats, with massive fleet sizes and designs, thanks to duotronic techniques. Holography was adapted fleetwide, and became the communication method of choice. Centauran Kristof Blaque emerged from the Federation Council as an acceptable successor to T'Pavis. He had developed the threat assessment program, in concert with others at Starfleet Intelligence, and was more knowledgeable of the state of affairs with the Klingon Houses than any of his competitors. It was said he even spoke Klingonese. Blaque had worked under Morvehl, and shared many of his aims (although Morvehl had since passed away in a Klingon raid on Archanis). He brought quick response teams to settle all attempts at fighting during the Four Years War, while simultaneously negotiating peace with the Sheliak Corporate and the Talarian Republic. His relationship with Sarboran was cold, but he and Marcus had served together on Starbase 1, a terraformed asteroid in the Oort Cloud. All his beliefs in the accuracy of the threat assessment came to a head when the Klingon Empire, or rather a sect led by the religious leader T'Kuvma, attacked a Starfleet ship and subsequent armada with advanced stealth technology not seen in over 100 years. The technological advancement from this invisible screen suddenly opened the floodgates, as Starfleet's duotronic reliance and threat assessments did not foresee any leap forward from the Klingon Houses. Suddenly, different Houses were invading different sectors of Federation space, and over a year of open, declared warfare commenced. Sarboran and the Council declared war against Blaque's wishes, but he did not hold back, sending black ships (unregistered or re-registered vessels using earlier numbering) against the enemy, and desperately seeking new technologies to stem the tides of war. The position of Starfleet Chief of Staff was downgraded, with now-Fleet Admiral Marcus promoted to the new position of Commander-in-chief, as he took command of all of Starfleet Operations directly from President Blaque and Council President Sarboran in an effort to coordinate the war effort and stop the exponential casualties. Controversially, he sent some of the more experienced, advanced starships to unexplored space in order to reserve them for use as a last resort. Marcus eventually pulled through, when a coup d'etat on Qo'noS led to the new Klingon Chancellor suing for peace, something that no one expected was possible.

    19. Pellan Fel (Andorian Empire)
    1 January, 2257 - 31 December, 2260
    Species: Aenar
    Council President: Sarboran of Vulcan (CoV, 2251-2258), Aesanna Lithir (CM, 2258-2263)
    Starfleet Commander-in-Chief: Alexander Marcus (2256-2265)
    But, in the midst of the Federation-Klingon War, fell a presidential election. With Marcus leading the frontlines, Blaque decided to forego campaigning, and focus on helping to end the war. This was a viable strategy, but as the death toll grew throughout 2256, it was determined that Blaque could not win reelection. The Councilor for the Andorian Empire, Pellan Fel, was considered the early favorite due to her people's martial nature. Although Fel herself was actually an Aenar, she had served in Starfleet and was very aware of the military necessities for the War. Immediately upon taking office, Fel was surprised to find how much power Fleet Admiral Marcus had taken for himself, and initiated steps to remove him. The Commander-in-chief, at this point, was too powerful, however, and Starfleet had been declared a completely independent agency from the Office of the President. Fel had absolutely no authority over military matters, but that didn't stop her from claiming victory nine months later when Chancellor L'Rell sued for peace. She attempted a united front, with Council President Sarboran, against Marcus, but he was now a war hero and considering the presidency himself. He managed to turn public opinion against Sarboran, who resigned in favor of newly admitted Councilor Aesanna Lithir of the Cygnet Matriarchy. He dropped subtle hints to journalists about Fel's complete uselessness during the war, and "stolen valor" for claiming victory for herself, and she soon found her popularity plummeting to the point that she easily lost re-election. Marcus himself had specific plans for the direction Starfleet would take in a post-Klingon War society, and found the perfect presidential candidate to help lead them there.

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    I hope Alexander Marcus doesn't run for President.
     
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    How'd you come up with all these presidents and their stories?
     
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    I went through Memory Beta and made a list, combining as many sources as possible to include all the Presidents I could find in Trek fiction. A couple aren't even mentioned on MB and I found elsewhere. I invented the concept of a "Council President" (working off of Vanderbilt's title in the RotF novels) to accommodate the many conflicting sources. I'll try to post a basic list of references for the Presidents' and Starfleet COs' names when I finish.
     
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    This is incredibly well done--I'm just coming across it now, but I'm looking forward to your next entry!
     
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    Oh very cool
     
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    The Wild West Era (2261-2276)

    20. Kenneth Fitz Wescott (United Earth)
    1 January, 2261 - 31 December, 2268
    Species: Human
    Council Presidents: Aesanna Lithir (CM, 2258-2263), Thomas Oromon (IC, 2263-2266), Bormenus (URW&C, 2266-2268)
    Starfleet Commander-in-Chief: Alexander Marcus (2256-2265), Rudolph Voysey (2265-2269)​

    Contrary to many beliefs at the time, Alexander Marcus had no intention of running for the presidency. He had weakened the position and taken much power for himself as the independent Commander-in-Chief of Starfleet. Reportedly, he scoured the Federation - and beyond - for a suitable figurehead to carry out his agenda. He would find it in the form of Kenneth Wescott, a former journalist, colonial Governor, and recent junior representative on the Federation Council. Wescott was beloved by many for his photogenic personality and Marcus mentored the young Councillor to run for the Presidency in the 2260 election as a dark horse. With the enthusiastic support of the Starfleet bloc, Wescott swept away his competition and outmaneuvered the increasingly unpopular President Fel in the post-War era.

    Historians view much of Wescott's first term as simply honorific, a rubber stamp to the agenda laid out by Marcus and Cygnetian Council President Lithir. Many of the actions included dwindling back technological advancements, especially after a series of artificial intelligence failures during the Fel administration, by requiring increasing oversight by the Federation Science Council and Starfleet on all reported computing advancements. The duotronic advancements of the past twenty years were severely regulated and patched to remove AI protocols and restore vessels to an almost pre-duotronic ideal. The "Wescott Reforms" were seen as backpedaling scientific advancement, but at the time was heavily agreed with, with ethicists citing the potentiality of AI developing sapience and what that could entail.

    But at the same time, Starfleet itself was given the greenlight towards weapons advancement, and, controversially, given allowances up to and including planetary bombardment. Starfleet Captains on exploratory missions inside the Federation and without were given broad authority over even regional governments and many argued of this as military overreach. Wescott, although reported as little more than a puppet to Marcus, grew increasingly bitter at the arrangement, and a rift formed between the two. In 2263, a still undentified alien swarm attacked the Federation outpost Yorktown, which was subsequently obliterated by Fleet Admiral Marcus himself on one of his black ships. News of this was leaked, and the atrocities performed by the head of Starfleet himself, Wescott quickly pounced to have him removed. While he lacked the official authority to do so, Wescott managed to convince Starfleet Command in an empassioned, broadcast speech, outlining some of Marcus's actions over the past three years. Marcus was not removed right away, but was side-lined by a trio of Starfleet admirals, and would eventually resign in early 2265, after a brief run for the presidency himself.

    Aesanna Lithir was a strong supporter of Marcus and lost her position to a vote of no-confidence after the Yorktown disaster. Thomas Oromon, a colonial from the powerful Izar Colony, was elected to her place as Council President, and worked diligently to restore the reputation of the Federation after the events of Marcus's tenure. The 2264 election became a head-to-head match between incumbent Wescott and Fleet Admiral Marcus, both reputations tanked, but no one else managed to get recognized, not from the colonial worlds or the dozens of other planets in the Federation. The Federation leadership had grown increasingly Sol System-centric after the events of the past twenty years, and Starfleet itself had lost much of its previous diversity, instead working under a species-specific starship program, endorsed by Fleet Admiral Marcus, that saw human-centric and Vulcan-centric crews under the pretense of environmental and cultural segregation. While there was no more talk of dissolving the Federation, many worlds became more insular, and the activities of the Federation Council and Starfleet itself (especially with the growth of individual planetary militaries), were of little concern outside of Earth and the Sol system.

    Wescott won the 2264 election, and that mandate was enough to push Marcus into resignation. The Starfleet triumvirate, consisting of Admirals Voysey, Comsol, and Buchinsky, elected one of their own to succeed Marcus, rather than dissolve the position of Commander-in-chief. Rudolph Voysey was a veteran of the Starfleet wars against the Sheliak and the Klingons, and had even lost his left leg in battle with the latter. He scaled back Marcus's ambitious programs and placed more power back into the hands of the Federation Council and President, who he regularly met in his chambers. The remaining years of Wescott's second term, under the guidance of Voysey, Oromon, and Oromon's successor Bormenus (the first Rigelian to be Council President), saw Starfleet transition to a mostly exploratory agency, leaving internal security behind and sending out more and more missions into the great unknown, including some beyond the galaxy itself. Federation membership grew and grew, with the addition of worlds such as Ardana, that would grow controversial years later. Much of this was achieved by the signing of the 2265 Accord with a reformed Klingon Empire, after a brief flareup in the Takers Corridor.

    Still, the prospect of War with the Klingons weighed heavily on Voysey's mind and Wescott's career. The 2265 Accord was lauded, but left many loopholes, to be explored by a now heavily militarized and centralized Klingon Empire, and they did so in 2267 when attempting to exploit it and take command of the pre-warp border world of Organia. Quick action by Starfleet to defuse the situation, made things worse, and only thanks to the intervention of a higher species, was War averted. Council President Bormenus was possessed by an Organian and forced to provide for peace. Similar events occurred in the Klingon Empire, and the Organian Peace Treaty was signed. War was nigh-impossible, forced by the hand of higher beings, and a lot of unease at their existence permeated the Federation.

    With renewed hostilities with the Romulans, after a century, however, the Klingon peace treaty came at an opportune time, and Voysey and Bormenus prepared for a potential war with them, as well as concerns with the Tholians and Breen. However, the existence of the Organian Treaty may have had an effect that delayed most border attacks from other powers, and the Federation faced limited hostilities, outside of its frontier exploration. Wescott had a surge of popularity because of this, but declined to run for a third term in 2268, instead handing the baton to UE Councilor Lorne McLaren, who easily won election that year. Wescott would go on to be a very prominent historian and writer, well into the 24th century.

    21. Lorne Greene McLaren (United Earth)
    1 January, 2269 - 31 December, 2272
    Species: Human
    Council Presidents: Sukio Hirashito (VC, 2269-2271), Gregory Salamorn (UE, 2271-2275)
    Starfleet Commander-in-Chief: Rudolph Voysey (2265-2269), Arthur Mason (2269), Christopher "Bull" Buchinsky (2269-2270), Robert Laikan Comsol (2270), Heihachiro Nogura (2270-2283)​

    Lorne McLaren was a former Starfleet Captain, but they gained popularity in the Federation Council for their vehement takedowns of Starfleet and Fleet Admiral Marcus in particular. When they entered office, they demanded the resignation of Fleet Admiral Voysey, who happily gave it to them, as he was yearning for retirement. Council President Bormenus already left office, following his unease after Organia, and McLaren was elected alongside Council President Sukio Hirashito from the Vega Colony. Starfleet was a shell of its once grand power, and McLaren was not able to succeed in their efforts to replace it with both a Federation Military and Exploratory Service directly in service to the Federation Council and Cabinet. Fleet Admiral Mason and Admiral Buchinsky both resigned in protest in quick succession of one another as Commander-in-chief following their various actions.

    Admiral Comsol, long-term Starfleet Chief of Staff and the aide to President McLaren, was appointed briefly to the position in 2270, and expected a long tenure. This was not to be, for one reason: the Rittenhouse Scandal. A Vice Admiral, Vaughan Rittenhouse, who had once served as loyal aide to Fleet Admiral Marcus, had been passed over for promotion several times over the years, and worked closely with entities inside and outside of Starfleet Command to remove President McLaren from office. While Comsol, Mason, and Buchinsky, were not involved in this, Rittenhouse did manage to direct construction of several black ships with new technologies during the frontier exploration years, and, in 2270, placed forces in play to remove the President and their cabinet by force, and potentially execute them. The discovery of this plan led to charges of high treason, a first in Starfleet history, and the immediate resignation of Admiral Comsol and all of his staff.

    McLaren held a long retreat to discuss the future of Starfleet, and its command was placed in the hands of famed starship and station commander, Admiral Heihachiro Nogura. Nogura had retired from Starfleet the year prior, but returned to help reform and reframe Starfleet in the wake of the attempted coup. Nogura had been McLaren's commander when both were assigned to Starbase 47 years prior, and they maintained a level of respect for one another. The first act of Nogura's tenure was to launch a massive public relations campaign to change Starfleet's image. The uniforms, insignia, and style of Starfleet was revamped and modernized. Diversification was promoted, and the enforced segregation of the Wescott years done away with. Captains and commanders were promoted to the new open, high positions in the Admiralty. Many classified records were publicized and privacy limits on Starfleet admiralty removed except in cases of necessity. Within six months, Nogura completely changed the character of Starfleet, with some ships returning from their long-range, five-year missions that year reportedly coming onto a new Starfleet culture completely foreign to them.

    Hirashito and the Federation Council did not entirely agree with McLaren and Nogura's reform of Starfleet, but the Rittenhouse Scandal had taken away any political capital to fight against it. Instead, Hirashito resigned in protest herself, and was succeeded by Council President Salamorn, a UE councilor generally known for working behind the scenes. The Rittenhouse Scandal and Nogura's reforms were set to reign in some of Starfleet's frontier exploration as well, and what would be known as the "Wild West Era" would have come to an end, if not for the worst event in Federation history to that date.

    22. Chab jav Lorg (Confederated Martian Colonies)
    1 January, 2273 - 31 December, 2276
    Species: Tellarite
    Council Presidents: Gregory Salamorn (UE, 2271-2275), Alohk Ixan (DC, 2275-2276)
    Starfleet Commander-in-Chief: Heiachiro Nogura (2270-2283)
    Despite the Starfleet reforms, McLaren remained unpopular, and lost his bid for reelection to Chab jav Lorg, a Tellarite but from the planet of Mars (which had a large Tellarite population for over a century by that time). Lorg was a supporter of diversifying the Federation from within and without, and despite being from the Sol System himself, pushed for less Earth centrism and more centered around the outer worlds and colonies. Lorg was unusually congenial for a Tellarite, and representatives from the United Planets of Tellar often conflicted with him, both publicly and privately. Lorg was a big promoter of investigation into temporal anomalies and activities, especially after the discovery of several methods of potential time travel (many of which remain classified to this day). While some reports exist of potential time travel excursions during the Wescott administration, Lorg was the first President to push for the regulation and promotion of continued missions, much to the chagrin of the Department of Temporal Investigations, founded under his predecessor as a way of curbing Starfleet's power in that realm.

    However, Lorg's reign was nearly cut short in December 2273, due to the V'ger Incident. V'ger turned out to be an ancient Earth probe that had merged with an unknown one possibly outside the galaxy at some point in the preceding three hundred years. It was the most advanced piece of technology and artificial intelligence ever encountered, even overshadowing the similar Nomad Incident of 2268 that killed billions. Nomad's destruction of the Malurians, and V'ger's heading towards Earth prompted fears that something similar would occur, especially after V'ger was unable to be contacted and destroyed several Klingon ships and a Federation outpost on a journey directly to Earth. Contact was eventually made, and V'ger disappeared, but the damage was done. Earth defenses were exponentially increased following the attempted attack, and Starfleet, having suffered so much damage to its reputation over the past three years, was revered as saviors of Earth and the Federation. Nogura and Salamorn worked with Lorg on budgeting for increased defense of all core planets, and the Vulcan Expeditionary Force and Tellarite Merchant Fleet, and Andorian Guard, were rolled back into Starfleet, for the most part, over the next several years, to provide a united front against unexpected enemies.

    The remaining years of Lorg's term was mostly regarding fallout from the V'ger incident, with the re-revamp of Starfleet (even newer uniforms were quickly rolled out), and a quick rollout of a new peace treaty with the Klingon Empire. The attack by an Earth probe on the Klingons had provided an opening to circumvent the otherwise ironclad Organian Treaty, but quick work by Nogura and Lorg with a new Chancellor had allowed more communication to open between the two, and, for the first time, the exchange of Ambassadors and a new era of peace on equal terms. The Nimbus III Treaty between the Federation, Klingon, and Romulan Empires helped fortify peace between the largest powers, and cooperation against more powerful entities, either non-corporeal or technological, that all three had dealings with. Exploration to the frontier was minimized, in return for increased surveillance and diplomatic solutions to shared problems. Lorg retired at the end of his term, without running for re-election, having accomplished all his goals in the reform of Starfleet and the Federation.

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    The Rise and Fall of the United Federation of Planets... This is really quite a tome! Kudos! rbs
     
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    I enjoyed the latest entries. I hope more is forthcoming when it can be scheduled. :)
     
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    This is some extreme dedication. Great job!
     
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    This was a fantastic follow-up. I am eager to read the next installment!