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The Confederacy of Vulcan was the Vulcan state (ENT novel: Kobayashi Maru), and one of the five founding Federation member state (ST novel: Articles of the Federation.) Prior to the Founding of the Federation, the Confederacy was a major interstellar power throughout what later became the core Federation worlds, and participated in a long-standing rivalry with the Andorian Empire.

The name Confederacy of Vulcan comes from the FASA RPG books and was affirmed in the novel Kobayashi Maru. It was called the Planetary Confederation of 40 Eridani in the Star Fleet Technical Manual and the Star Trek: Star Charts supplied the name Confederacy of Surak. The Vulcan state is also commonly referred to simply as Vulcan.



See main article: Vulcan history.

Government and Politics

Prior to the Syrrannite Reformation, the Vulcan state was firmly under the control of the Vulcan High Command, with its Administrator serving as the de facto head of government. Vulcan curtailed many of its civil rights and liberties during this era, particularly under the leadership of Administrator V'Las, and was noted for its highly militant and jingoistic foreign policy. (ENT episodes: "Home", "The Forge") With the dissolution of the High Command, the Confederacy of Vulcan's head of government became the First Minister, with several other ministries, including the post of Foreign Minister, providing support to the First Minister. (ENT novel: Kobayashi Maru (novel)) The primary legislature became the Vulcan Council. (ENT episode: "These Are the Voyages...")

In addition to the First Minister, there were a number of other ministries that handled the various governments branches from Defense and Security to Science and Trade. Whilst normally all the ministers were considered equal with no ruling member present, the Minister of State was considered the first amongst equals. (ST roleplay module: The Way of Kolinahr: The Vulcans)

This appears to be a parliamentary form. Presumably, the First Minister and his or her cabinet is chosen from amongst the members of the Vulcan Council. Furthermore, whilst the novels mention the First Minister, LUG makes no mention of such a position which is instead replaced by the Minister of State. Furthermore, LUG makes no mention of a Foreign Minister with the position also held by the Minister of State who handled matters regarding diplomacy.

In matters such as legislation and debate on important issues were handled by three different bodies. One such body is the Proposal Group which exists alongside the Rectification Group and the hr'Khash'te; also known as the Expunging Group. The Expunging Group exists only to remove or veto laws which provides an easy manner for change. The other two groups require a large majority to pass legislation with expunction requiring only one-fourth of the body's two thousand six members to remove a law.

The general idea of this would be that a good law should require a large consensus with bad laws being easy to stop and change. Though a very logic way to determine legislation, it can be exploitable depending on the many political groups that are in power on the Vulcan homeworld. Typically, debate is often a venue for discussion on the subject with a later vote on the Referendum itself. Normally, laws that are removed are done so quickly, however, a piece of legislation that widely affects Vulcan can take a week of discussions to take place. This would remain in effect until the viewers indicate that the time for debate is over and voting is made by the electorate. Votes can often be swayed by what is said in the debates themselves.

The document that binds the Vulcan people to the Federation is known as the Articles of Association, also refered to as the Articles of Federation. (TOS novel: Spock's World)





Diplomatic Relations


The military wing of the Vulcan government was overseen by the Ministry of Defense, one of the ministries of the Vulcan Council. The Minister of Defense served as the commander in chief of this division who supervised the deployment of the Vulcan Defense Force which served as the naval branch of the military. The V'Ket served as the army branch of the military but by latter era it served as a more ceremonial branch that made use of the lirpa instead of the phaser. They were often deployed to guard religious sites or attend special functions. (TNG roleplay module: The Way of Kolinahr: The Vulcans) In the 22nd century, before the Syrrannite Reformation, the Vulcans were noted for the use of highly trained commando units that were used to storm enemy positions. (ENT episode: "Cease Fire") By the 2270s, the Vulcans were noted as retaining their space service and found service within the Federation to be beneath them. (TOS novel: From the Depths)

The V'Kor served as the police force on the planet Vulcan but due to the fact that there was virtually no crime within their society, these investigators often found themselves attached to investigations off world. (TNG roleplay module: The Way of Kolinahr: The Vulcans) The protection of the Vulcan Council itself was left in the hands of the Vulcan Guard. (TNG video game: Away Team (game))

Society and Culture

During the formation of the Confederacy of Vulcan, one of the ruling principles that guided the government would be the Theorems of Governance created by Selok. This, combined with the six virtues of Surak's teachings helped reconcile the tradition with the logical imperatives of governence. (LUG: The Way of Kolinahr: The Vulcans)

Within the society itself, there is a high level of participation in civil affairs with 98% of Vulcans having attained some sort of public office by the time they were two hundred. This means that the Vulcan people are highly attentative on government matters and take active part in the voting system to determine whether a certain law is beneficial or detrimental to Vulcan. (TOS novel: Spock's World)




Star Systems


  • Vulcan Schism
  • Andorian-Vulcan territorial conflicts
  • Babel Crisis
  • Unification
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