No species can stand alone for long in such a hostile "Star Trek" universe. How much do know about the alliance called the United Federation of Planets?
The real United Nations has had some serious ups and downs, but the Federation has always been well-received.
The interstellar alliance became a vital stabilizing force in the universe.
They realized that their survival would ultimately depend on teamwork.
The Vulcans and humans, of course, were heavily involved in the UFP from the very beginning.
An episode of "The Next Generation" was the first to name all four quadrants.
A truce was established in 2367 and the treaty finally was signed in 2370.
Earth became the headquarters for the UFP.
The Federation's range sprawls over 8,000 light years.
During the original series, the United Earth Space Probe Agency isn't heard from again after the UFP takes over .
This informal alliance became a much more coordinated group when the UFP was formally established.
Romulan attacks caused other worlds to band together for protection.
The commander of Deep Space Nine convinces the Romulans that the Dominion will attack their world if they don't help.
It first mentions sparing succeeding generations from the "scourge of war."
Although it changes depending on the era, the seal's design remains remarkably stable.
But those worlds become only "associate" members, not full-fledged members.
The Borg, of course, turn out to be one of the biggest threats to the survival of the Federation.
Sisko becomes a vital leader as the Dominion war rages.
The President is responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the UFP.
It was long enough to visit some very distant worlds.
After six years it became clearer that the worlds needed a tighter bond, creating the UFP.
Capt. Kathryn Janeway was forced to improvise in order help her crew survive their circumstances.
The Voyager's trip home was long and unexpected but also helped to expand the UPF's knowledge of the region.
The two powers clashed repeatedly, sometimes escalating to war.
The flag is laid neatly across Spock's coffin.
The Klingons and Romulans also control vast expanses of space.
It was established by a treaty signed in 2370.
The Romulans, Klingons and humans worked together to stop the Dominion assaults.
The UFP is forced to ally with former enemies to fight this conflict.
The Seal appears on the UPF's flag and is used for many other Federation purposes, too.
The Federation ultimately turned the tide of the war, but not before the Dominion had done serious harm.