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Die Gesetze der Föderation (Star Trek)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  655 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Ein Blick in die Hallen der Macht des STAR TREK-Universums!

Nan Bacco von Cestus III hat eine heiß umkämpfte Wahl um das Amt des Föderationspräsidenten gewonnen und nun die Führung über mehr als einhundertfünfzig planetare Zivilisationen und deren Kolonien inne. Doch kaum dass sie ihr Amt angetreten hat, versinkt das Romulanische Sternenimperium im Chaos. Die ohnehin schon
Paperback, 450 pages
Published June 11th 2010 by Amigo Grafik (first published June 2005)
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Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, politics
Okay, so I assume every other review says this but I'll say it anyway. This is The West Wing in space. And it's awesome.

I love being able to see the civillian side of Star Trek, to see how the government of hundreds of worlds actually functions. It's a side of the universe we don't really get to see in the movies and tv shows, outside of their direct dealings with Starfleet, and they're usually corrupt, possessed by aliens or both.

There are many characters in this, but it mostly revolves around
John Kirk
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Although this just has the basic "Star Trek" prefix, it's set in the same time period as TNG/DS9, rather than TOS. More specifically, it's set shortly after Nemesis, and spans a year in the Star Trek universe.

There were recently a set of 12 TNG novels published, and they all had titles that began with "A time to...", e.g. "A time to die". This book is set after them, and also after the first couple of Star Trek Titan novels (which follow the adventures of Captain Riker). I haven't read any of th
RE de Leon
This is by far my favorite Star Trek book ever, which funny, because it's not set on a ship, not set in space, and not (in the physical sense) about exploring strange new worlds.

I suppose the reason I like it is because I'm fond of the Star Trek universe, and I enjoy exploring its full complexity. I don't know any novel where that complexity is better explored than in Articles of the Federation. (If you want to contextualize my opinion as a fan, I am fondest of Deep Space Nine by far among the f
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may-2016
Reasons why you should read this book:

1. You are a fan of political dramas that involve multiple main characters dealing with crises and scandals.
2. The television show The West Wing is your favorite of all of those.
3. You are curious about the inner workings of the Federation, a major government in the Star Trek universe, and you remember that Starfleet is really only a branch of the military in the grand scheme of things.
4. You enjoy reading about other inhabitants of the Star Trek universe, n
Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Not bad if you like that sort of thing. Actually, if you like that sort of thing (which is to say, political intrigue and manuevering) it's quite good, really. If this wasn't a Star Trek novel, and if I'd somehow stumbled upon it, I'd probably have rated it much higher -- possibly even five stars. But this isn't what I read Star Trek for; the closest we come to seeing a character that was familiar before Decandido's previous couple of novels is a brief cameo from Martok and Alexander Rozhenko, a ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We have seen or read about other worlds governments but never the Federation. I loved the wit and grit of President Bacco. Everything isn’t always so perfect in the Federation.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, tng
While this novel came out in 2005, for some reason I never got around to reading it until just this year, despite the fact that the subject matter is right up my alley. This has proven to be a glaring oversight, as Articles of the Federation has now firmly established itself as one of my all-time favorite Star Trek novels. Full of memorable characters and finally showing how the government of the Federation operates on a day-to-day basis, this novel was a heck of a lot of fun to read. I wish the ...more
Ryan King
In Star Trek novels action is almost always concentrated on a Starship with a crew in space addressing a single, overarching problem. Naturally, you think that is pretty much the central point of the Star Trek universe and don't consider anything outside of the crew and their mission.

Articles of the Federation does a good job of going against that notion and gives the reader the opportunity to consider the 'reality' of the fictitious universe of Star Trek. President Nan Bacco, the leader of the
Maurice Jr.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first year of Federation President Nan Bacco's administration, and it's certainly not boring. The chair in the presidential office is still warm from Min Zife's administration and President Bacco is up to her neck in drama. Between annoying assistants, bickering councilors, a botched first contact, fallout from the Tezwa situation caused by Zife's chief of staff Koll Azernal, disrespectful Klingon ambassadors and the splintering of the Romulan Empire, President Bacco barely has time ...more
Eric Cone
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This sat on my shelf for 8 yrs; it took Nan Bacco's assassination in The Fall to bring me to read it. Keith has done a masterful job of bringing us the behind-the-scenes machinations of Federation politics, while giving us a rich variety of characters; especially President Bacco. There's a poignant presidential memorial service that brought me to tears (a rarity, for me, so-far-as books go). 'Articles of the Federation' has become one of my 'Top 5' Star Trek novels. ...more
Christopher Backa
Not your typical Star Trek novel. This is basically Star Trek the west wing. Gives you a look into how the federation government operates. I read this book to understand the character of President Bacco who plays a role in the story arc in the destiny era novels. I enjoyed the book, it was a little slow in the middle but I found it an interesting read. Add a star if you love reading political focused stories, subtract a star if you are looking for a typical Star Trek starship story.
Sep 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book among my son's work. It's Star Trek meets The West Wing, and I love it. The character of Nan Bacco is based on Keith's great-grandmother, my grandmother. ...more
Crystal Bensley
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was gonna be 3 stars but Nan Bacco is so awesome and the West Wing/ Star Trek feel of this is so unique it earned its extra star!
C.T. Phipps
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The West Wing meets Star Trek.

One thing I've always wondered about is how the United Federation of Planets works. The name implies its meant to work roughly analogous to the United Nations but it has its own military and power. Indeed, a Federation means that it probably functions more like the original United States did before we gradually became more federalized versus state-based (after a little something called the Civil War).

Articles of the Federation more or less shows how the Federatio
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I surprisingly LOVED this book.

Its the President and her chief of Staff that make this novel. They are well written characters. Alive, full of stress and life.

Its events tie in nicely once Typhon Pact arrives as backstory to the political noise that was moved to this novel and has a thematic world rooted in an office comedy.

I laughed at the humor. Learned a great deal about how the president, the CNC, the Federation Council all had to work together.

The political horse trading and stressful
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Articles of the Federation is an attempt at Star Trek does the West Wing. I like Star Trek. I like West Wing. But I've avoided reading this book for years because I tend to think the less a backstory is explored the better. In Star Trek we know what the Federation is in general terms, but we don't know the details of how it works. The Federation is interesting because it allows the viewer to fill in those details however they choose. Backstory is intended to engage our imaginations. Once you sta ...more
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keith R.A. DeCandido has so much Star Trek trivia in his head that reading one of his novels is like peering into the minds of Gene Rodenberry and Peter David. From his in-depth knowledge of obscure Trek history, and even some subtle jabs at the show's trend of casting the same actor for multiple roles, DeCandido creates an awesome tapestry of work that shows the background of a tumultuous year in the Federation, pulling in all the various stories that have occurred from Trek's relaunch followin ...more
For context, I read this book without reading the 12 book series that came prior to it. I also never watched The West Wing. I picked this up because it was recommended thru the Women at Warp podcast and I wanted to learn more about Nan Bacco.

The leading characters in the book are not familiar faces; but instead are Nan and her staff. There are a few familiar faces and mentions - one is that Spock shows up briefly and another describes a past situation where Garak and Lwaxana Troi got into it dur
Luke Sims-Jenkins
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
I was sad when this book ended. Not because the ending was sad, but because I could have happily read another few hundred pages of it.

This is the first novel by Keith R.A DeCandido that I've read and he will be a Trek author that I will seek out in the future. His novel the Articles of the Federation is about the first year in president Nan Bacco's first year in office. So I guess you could call this, West Wing, done in the Trek style. It works, i loved reading about the ins and outs of the run
I had a nagging feeling all throughout this book that I had read it before. However, when nothing turned out like I remembered, I came to the conclusion that I have not. Given the wide range of Trek books out there, and how they focus on the front lines as it were, with the main characters usually being a bridge crew of a massive starship, it was refreshing to see the cogs of the Federation government at play -- even if parts of it did feel a little close to the underpinnings of the United State ...more
Kai Knetsch
This was a very different kind of Star Trek book. It was interesting to learn about the inner workings of the Federation and hear about some of the issues that are happening in the year 2380 to further along the timeline. However, I felt like there wasn't a main plot going on throughout the novel. I think it could have been better if there was one main on-going issue to tie things together. I learned that I prefer books based on a mission and I missed the usual/familiar characters. ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If the idea of The West Wing in space excites you, you should really enjoy this unconventional Star Trek novel by Keith R.A. DeCandido. DeCandido takes us behind the scenes of the Federation Presidency of Nanietta Bacco during some pretty tumultuous months, showing us the packed days, the seemingly-impossible dilemmas, and all the staff, diplomats, councillors and Starfleet officers who make it happen.
Christopher Lutz
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes it is Star Trek meets The West Wing, and it’s a concept that I enjoyed greatly. Seeing background on how The Federation operates as a United Nations style government was fascinating to me. Specifically the way the author crafted a coherent government that ties together the sparse appearances of the Federation presidency onscreen. Was very surprised that no mention was made of Archer’s role as the first President of the Federation.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is actually a fascinating book. It's pretty much the only one where we get to see the inner workings of the Federation government. The plot isn't bad - it's a bit slow at times - but it reflects the realities of leading the Federation quite well. It helps that the President is an awesome character. ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It jumped around a bit but I kinda liked that. It mimicked what I think a real administration would be like. The comparisons to Aaron Sorkin are valid. I wish some of the story lines had definitive conclusions, but still, I absolutely loved reading this book. It was the perfect mix of TNG and politics.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m working my way through the post nemesis list & when I came to this I read it more to have read everything rather than looking forward to it as aim not a big fan of a West Wing type stories but this book is great. Hats off to Keith R A de Candido well written quick moving & an engaging story this was one of my favorites to date. We need more Trek novels from Mr DeCandido!
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good book. West Wing meets Star Trek. It was apparently a follow up for the "A Time Too" series, but I haven't read those books and I was able to understand what was going on just fine. ...more
Michael Mullin
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wish they would make this a series of Books.
Jovan Vujnović
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books in Star Trek universe that I've ever read. I would love to read some more books about President Bacco. ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a while since I read it, long before I knew about goodreads, but i remember really liking it.
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