The Democratic Federation (officially: The United Nations, but also known as the Grand Entente or Allied Federation) is a political, economic and military union of twenty member states. The Federation maintains an internal single market developed through a standardized system of laws that apply in all member states and constitutes a system of collective defense in response to an attack by an external party. Politically, the Democratic Federation operates through a system of supranational institutions and intergovernmental-negotiated decisions. The organization is the largest of it’s kind in the Orion Arm, it’s membership including nations of enormous influence and power. It is widely considered one of the four major interstellar superpowers alongside the Soviet Union, Empire of Japan and the Greater German Reich.