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Ally faction selection screen for Romulans

While there are presently six playable factions in Star Trek Online, there are only two "allegiances": Starfleet and the Klingon Defense Force (KDF). 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.

Note that some species in playable factions may also be present in NPC factions, such as Vulcans and Orions. Playable factions may also be encountered as an antagonistic NPC faction by other playable factions.


Summary[edit | edit source]

Faction Levels Allegiance[1] Exclusive
missions
Main faction Hub Available races Rank-up voice Released
Faction FED25.png Starfleet 1-65 Starfleet 24 Earth Spacedock 14 free
6 unlockable
Leonard Nimoy 02 Feb 2010
(game launch)
Faction KDF.png Klingon Defense Force 1-65[2] Klingon Defense Force 23 First City 6 free
5 unlockable
Michael Dorn 02 Feb 2010
(game launch)
Faction Romulan Republic.png Romulan Republic 1-65 Starfleet or
Klingon Defense Force
30 New Romulus Command 2 free
2 unlockable
Denise Crosby 21 May 2013
(Legacy of Romulus)
Faction FED23.png TOS Starfleet 1-65 Starfleet 12 Earth Spacedock (23rd Century)
(later inaccessible)
4 free Leonard Nimoy 6 Jul 2016
(Agents of Yesterday)
Faction Dominion.png Dominion 60-65 Starfleet or
Klingon Defense Force
3[3] Deep Space 9
(not exclusive)
1 free
1 unlockable
René Auberjonois 5 Jun 2018
(Victory is Life)
Faction DSC.png DSC Starfleet 1-65 Starfleet 7 Starfleet Academy (23rd Century)
(later inaccessible)
3 free Mary Wiseman 9 Oct 2018
(Age of Discovery)
  1. Except for Starfleet and KDF characters, all players of other factions have to permanently declare allegiance with Starfleet or the Klingon Defense Force several missions into the game. After that, they gain additional access to either Starfleet or Klingon social hubs, starships, duty as well as bridge officers, costume options, and fleets.
  2. Until the release of Legacy of Romulus, a Starfleet 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.

Allegiances[edit | edit source]

Because of the original PvP dynamic of the game, the Faction FED25.png Starfleet and the Faction KDF.png Klingon Defense Force are Star Trek Online's primary factions. All other factions will ally with one of these two factions at some point in their storyline, which will give them access to the majority of the endgame content (such as cross-faction missions, access to allied Fleets and starships).

Starfleet (post-Star Trek: The Next Generation era)[edit | edit source]

Main article: Starfleet

Star Trek Online was originally conceived as being centered around 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.

Faction FED25.png Starfleet
Formal Name: United Federation of Planets Military: Starfleet
Capital: Earth Head of State: President Okeg

MissionsEarth SpacedockStarshipsGround Forces

Federation Member Species
Andorian Female.jpg
Species: Andorian
Homeworld: Andoria
Notable People
Bajoran Male.jpg
Species: Bajoran
Homeworld: Bajor
Notable People
Benzite Male.jpg
Species: Benzite
Homeworld: Benzar
Notable People
Betazoid Female.jpg
Species: Betazoid
Homeworld: Betazed
Notable People
Bolian Female.jpg
Species: Bolian
Homeworld: Bolarus IX
Notable People
Human Male.jpg
Species: Human
Homeworld: Earth
Notable People
Saurian Male.jpg
Species: Saurian
Homeworld: Sauria
Notable People
Trill Female.jpg
Species: TrillJoined Trill
Homeworld: Trill
Notable People
Vulcan Female.jpg
Species: Vulcan
Homeworld: Vulcan
Notable People
Tellarite Female.jpg
Species: Tellarite
Homeworld: Tellar Prime
Notable People
Caitian Male.jpg
Species: Caitian
Homeworld: Cait
Notable People
Rigelian Male.jpg
Species: Rigelian
Homeworld: Rigel V
Notable People
Affiliated Species
Pakled Female.jpg
Species: Pakled
Homeworld: -
Notable People
Klingon Male Fed.jpg
Species: Klingon [1]
Homeworld: Qo'noS
Notable People
Ferengi Male.jpg
Species: Ferengi
Homeworld: Ferenginar
Notable People
Talaxian Female Fed.jpg
Species: Talaxian [2]
Homeworld: Delta Quadrant
Notable People
Liberated Borg Human Male.jpg
Species: Liberated Borg [2]
Homeworld: Delta Quadrant
Notable People
Cardassian Male Fed.png
Species: Cardassian [1]
Homeworld: Cardassia
Notable People


Klingon Defense Force[edit | edit source]

Main article: Klingon Defense Force

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 Starfleet faction). When Legacy of Romulus was introduced the Klingon Faction was given a new tutorial and broadly equal standing.

Faction KDF.png Klingon Defense Force
Formal Name: Klingon Empire Military: Klingon Defense Force
Capital: Qo'noSFirst City Head of State: Chancellor J'mpokEmperor Kahless

MissionsStarshipsGround Forces

Imperial Subject Species
Gorn Male.jpg
Species: Gorn
Homeworld: Gornar
Notable People
Klingon Female.jpg
Species: Klingon
Homeworld: Qo'noS
Notable People
Lethean.jpg
Species: Lethean
Homeworld: -
Notable People
Nausicaan.jpg
Species: Nausicaan
Homeworld: Nausicaa
Notable People
Orion Female.jpg
Species: Orion
Homeworld: Ter'jas Mor
Notable People
Ferasan Female.jpg
Species: Ferasan [3]
Homeworld: Ferasa
Notable People
Affiliated Species
Trill Male KDF.jpg
Species: Joined Trill [3]
Homeworld: Trill
Notable People
Liberated Borg Klingon Female.jpg
Species: Liberated Borg [2]
Homeworld: Delta Quadrant
Notable People
Talaxian Female KDF.jpg
Species: Talaxian [2]
Homeworld: Delta Quadrant
Notable People
Cardassian Male Kdf.png
Species: Cardassian [3]
Homeworld: Cardassia
Notable People


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 Starfleet 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.

Faction Romulan Republic.png Romulan Republic
Formal Name: Romulan Republic Military: Romulan Republic Fleet
Capital: New Romulus Head of State: D'Tan

MissionsStarshipsGround Forces

Romulan Republic Member Species
Romulan Female.jpg
Species: Romulan
Homeworld: Romulus
Notable People
Reman Female.jpg
Species: Reman [4]
Homeworld: Remus
Notable People
Liberated Borg Romulan Male.jpg
Species: Liberated Borg [2]
Homeworld: Delta Quadrant
Notable People


TOS Starfleet (Star Trek: The Original Series era)[edit | edit source]

Main article: TOS Starfleet

The TOS Starfleet 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 Starfleet faction. They retain their unique effects but broadly integrate entirely into the Starfleet 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.

Faction FED23.png TOS Starfleet
Formal Name: United Federation of Planets Military: Starfleet
Capital: Earth

MissionsStarshipsGround Forces

TOS Federation Member Species
AndorianMaleTOS.png
Species: Andorian
Homeworld: Andor
Notable People
HumanMaleTOS.png
Species: Human
Homeworld: Earth
Notable People
TellariteMaleTOS.png
Species: Tellarite
Homeworld: Tellar Prime
Notable People
VulcanMaleTOS.png
Species: Vulcan
Homeworld: Vulcan
Notable People


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 (similar to Romulan Republic faction) to either the Starfleet 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).

Faction Dominion.png Dominion
Formal Name: Dominion Military: Dominion
Capital: Empersa Leader: The Founders

MissionsStarshipsGround Forces

Dominion Member Species
Jem'Hadar headshot.png
Species: Jem'Hadar
Homeworld: -
Notable People
Jem'Hadar Vanguard headshot.png
Species: Jem'Hadar Vanguard [5]
Homeworld: -
Notable People
               


DSC Stafleet (Star Trek: Discovery era)[edit | edit source]

Main article: DSC Starfleet

The DSC Starfleet faction is the Federation from Star Trek: Discovery. Players begin in the 23rd century but only have one episode arc there before their continuity joins to the main Starfleet faction. They retain their unique effects but broadly integrate entirely into the Starfleet 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.

Faction DSC.png DSC Starfleet
Formal Name: United Federation of Planets Military: Starfleet
Capital: Earth

MissionsStarshipsGround Forces

DSC Federation Member Species
Ian Kwon.png
Species: Human
Homeworld: Earth
Notable People
T'Siln.png
Species: Vulcan
Homeworld: Vulcan
Notable People


References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Available for Starfleet via purchase from the C-Store
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Exclusively available to lifetime subscribers
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Available for the Klingon Defense Force via purchase from the C-Store
  4. Available for Romulan Republic via purchase from the C-Store or by unlocking Tier V of the New Romulus Reputation.
  5. Available for Dominion via purchase from the C-Store.