The Galactic Federation is an association of planets.  The last time I asked, the number was 123 771, but it creeps up all the time, as new planets are discovered.

The Federation is divided into 27 sectors.  Tony and I work in Sector 17.  There are 8544 planets in Sector 17, but that doesn’t include the Earth, because only peaceful planets are invited to join.

Some planets are active members: their citizens often visit other planets, and trade with them.  Some planets join, but prefer little or no communication with other members.

Between missions, we sometimes go home, and sometimes live in our cabins in the local headquarters on Yband 4.

Hais and I found out how planets join and leave the Federation.  See Report F.