- Terran Confederation
The Terran Confederation (sometimes referred to simply as Confed) is the primary human government in the Wing Commander science fiction series.
The Terran Confederation is an alliance of systems and regional governments which provide unified protection and economic growth. The Confederation was formed on August 23rd,cite book
id=0-671-87859-X] 2416"Kilrathi Saga" Calendar] with the signing of the Articles of Confederation,cite book
title=The Price of Freedom
1 October 1996
id=0-671-877518] the first unified Earth government since the grisly disintegration of the World Economic Consortiumcite web
last=Wing Commander CIC
title=Episode 4, ISDN
work=Secret Ops Fiction
accessdate=2006-07-10] in the early 25th century.
Government and Politics
The Terran Confederation is a representative
democracyorganized on the federal system (making its name something of a misnomer as a confederationis a different type of government than a federation; in the original pitch document the Confederation was referred to as the Terran Empire). It consists of approximately seven hundred systemscite web
Origin Systems] spread over four thousand light years as of 2681. The Confederation is divided into eight sectors (Avalon, Gemini, Hawking, Sol, Vega, Argent, Epsilon and Enigma). Each of these is further subdivided into four quadrants.
The Confederation government is headed by an elected President. In an event where the President is infirm, resigns, or is otherwise incapable of fulfilling the duties of the office, he/she is replaced by the Vice President. The most recent example of this was in 2668, when President Harold Rodham resigned following the uproar over the Kilrathi False Armistice.cite book
The Terran Confederation Military (known collectively, and somewhat informally, as Confed) is divided into four branches: the
Army, Marines, Navy, and Space Forces. Each branch has a representative on the Confederation military's governing council, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, based on Earth. Its commander-in-chief is the President.
There are two basic rank systems in use within the military of the Terran Confederation. One is used by the Army, Marines and Space Forces, the other by the Navy. Transfers between the two services are possible.As evidenced from Christopher Blair's transition from the end of the Wing Commander IV novel, where he is a Brigadier General in the Space Forces, to Prophecy, where he is a Commodore]
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