United Federation of Planets (FASA)
The United Federation of Planets was incorporated at the first Babel Interplanetary Conference on Reference Stardate 0/8706.06 (6 June 2087). The original signatory powers included Earth, Alpha Centauri, Vulcan, Andor, and Tellar. Harmon Axelrod was elected Secretary General. The goals of the Federation included ensuring interstellar security, improving economic trade, scientific research, and galactic exploration. In conjunction with these objectives, Star Fleet Command was organized, providing a unified military force for exploration and common defense. Stardates were adopted as the Federation's principal interstellar time system. The Rigel system offered to join the Federation, provided they were paid ten trillion credits "in compensation." The request was rejected, and they chose to remain outside the Federation entirely. The Orions also maintained the secret of the existence of the Klingon Empire. The Klingons were just one of many cultures that the Orions traded with, and so went unnoticed by the Federation.