In the years leading up to the First Scinfaxi War, when the world was threatened by the spread of The Virus, no two nations sacrificed more than the United States and the British Empire. By their efforts alone, tens of millions of people were spared and entire cultures granted a safe haven in North America. Yet, in spite of this, or perhaps because of it, both nations emerged from the war with overburdened infrastructure and a devastated industrial base. Struggling to accommodate the millions of now permanent refugees and to quell the racial and societal tension endemic in such a crisis, the Americans and British embraced the spirit of cooperation and formed the United Nations. The creation of this organization, a declaration made during the darkest hours of the Scinfaxi War, espoused the freedom and unity of all mankind and became a rallying call for a new generation of survivors. In the centuries since its inception, this alliance has grown to include the restored French Republic, the Pacific States of America, the Confederation of Australasia, and many others. While officially known as the United Nations, to its citizens it is referred to as the Grand Entente, the Allies, or most commonly, the Democratic Federation.
Within the Orion Arm, the Federation is without equal: an alliance of powerful nation states founded on the concepts of cooperation, collective defense and personal liberty. With over 8 billion people spread across twenty member nations, the Federation operates through a system of supranational institutions and intergovernmental-negotiated decisions. It shares a single market governed by a standardized system of trade laws and is in the process of developing a monetary union with a standard currency. Federation companies are at the forefront of technological advances, especially in faster than light drives, pharmaceuticals, as well as medical, aerospace, and military equipment. While Federation members represent some of the wealthiest nations in the Orion Arm, income inequality has grown substantially in recent years, especially in the United States, causing this disparity to become a topic of heated debate between member nations.
Democratic Federation culture varies widely world to world and nation to nation, yet respect for human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights are pivotal components of each nation’s values. Many racial and cultural divisions, however, still exist as a result of the “Nations Within Nations” program which administered the millions of refugees living within North America until the colonization programs and subsequent evacuation. Many minority groups, disgruntled with life in the core DF systems, take the chance to shape new societies on frontier colony worlds.
The Democratic Federation retains the widest favorable public opinion of any nation within the Orion Arm, in part owing to its role in the establishment of many independent colonies including those in Alpha Centauri, Endi Martell, Tau Ceti and the Islamic Arab Republic. Despite a history of rivalry with the Greater German Reich and Soviet Union, tensions with both powers are beginning to thaw. As a result of American advances into the New Canaan Corridor, however, tensions between the DF and the Empire of Japan continue to run high. Disagreements within the Federation on both this issue and other political, economic, and social fronts are also widening the divide between each nation state; support for the Democratic Federation, while still high, is slowly waning.