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Ally faction selection screen for Romulans

While there are presently five playable factions in Star Trek Online, there are only two "allegiances": Federation and Klingon Empire. In order to be members of the same self-organised 5-players group as well as of a fleet, players have to have the same allegiance. However, there is no faction vs faction PvP (except for War Zones and private queue-PvP) and PvE queue group content is completely cross-faction/allegiance.

Nevertheless, each playable faction offers a number of unique storyline missions, exclusive access to certain player races, costume options and starships, as well as a specific UI, rank-up voices and rank names.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Faction Levels Allegiance[1] Exclusive
Main faction Hub Available races Rank-up voice Released
Faction FED25.png Federation 1-65 Federation 24 Earth Spacedock 14 free
6 unlockable
Leonard Nimoy 02 Feb 2010
(game launch)
Faction KDF.png Klingon Empire 1-65[2] Klingon Empire 23 First City 6 free
5 unlockable
Michael Dorn 02 Feb 2010
(game launch)
Faction Romulan Republic.png Romulan Republic 1-65 Federation or
Klingon Empire
30 New Romulus Command 2 free
2 unlockable
Denise Crosby 21 May 2013
(Legacy of Romulus)
Faction FED23.png TOS Federation 1-65 Federation 12 Earth Spacedock (23rd Century)
(later inaccessible)
4 free Leonard Nimoy 6 Jul 2016
(Agents of Yesterday)
Faction Dominion.png Dominion 60-65 Federation or
Klingon Empire
3[3] Deep Space 9
(not exclusive)
1 free
1 unlockable
René Auberjonois 5 Jun 2018
(Victory is Life)
  1. Except for Federation and Klingon Empire characters, all players of other factions have to permanently declare allegiance with the Federation or the Klingon Empire several missions into the game. After that, they gain additional access to either Federation or Klingon social hubs, starships, duty as well as bridge officers, costume options, and fleets.
  2. Until the release of Legacy of Romulus, a Federation character had to be leveled to 20 in order to unlock the creation of a Klingon character that would also be level 20.
  3. The 7 missions of the Gamma Quadrant arc contain a lot of personalized dialogue for Dominion characters and can, thus, be considered part of the Dominion tutorial.

Federation[edit | edit source]

Main article: United Federation of Planets (25th century)

Star Trek Online was originally conceived as being centered around Federation Starfleet gameplay. The player takes the position of a contemporary Starfleet officer in the vein of the main characters of the Star Trek: The Next Generation era, although the setting is a few decades post the events of the series.

Klingon Empire[edit | edit source]

Main article: Klingon Empire

The Klingon faction was initially implemented as a mostly PvP-centered mini-faction and characters started at level 20 (and only once a player had reached level 20 on the Federation faction). When Legacy of Romulus was introduced the Klingon Faction was given a new tutorial and broadly equal standing.

Romulan Republic[edit | edit source]

Main article: Romulan Republic

The Romulan faction was introduced with Legacy of Romulus and puts players in the role of a breakaway faction of Romulans (not the Romulan Star Empire from canon, which is an antagonist to the Republic). To make up for the smaller amount of content, and allow Romulan characters to participate in the Federation vs Klingon PvP, Romulan characters ally themselves to one of those two main factions. This allows them to play their ally's missions, fly their ships and visit their homeworlds.

TOS Federation[edit | edit source]

Main article: United Federation of Planets (23rd century)

The TOS Federation faction is the Federation from Star Trek: The Original Series. Players begin in the 23rd century but only have one episode arc there before their continuity joins to the main Federation faction. They retain their unique effects but broadly integrate entirely into the Federation faction from an early level. They lack the number of faction-exclusive the Romulans have and cannot visit their starting faction hub once they move to the 25th century.

Dominion[edit | edit source]

Main article: Dominion

Dominion characters start at level 60 with sections of their reputation and R&D filled out. After their introductory episode, they ally (like the Romulan faction) to either the Federation or the Klingons. This allows them to play their ally's missions, fly their ships and visit their homeworlds. Like the TOS faction, the number of faction-exclusive ships is limited and they do not have a permanent faction-exclusive hub (instead using the shared Deep Space 9 zone).

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