The galaxy is organized into many different coalitions that govern multiple solar systems and worlds. Your system wishes to join one of these federations. Your fledgling empire isn't largel, but that will not stop you. It's your job to impress the petty bureaucrats who control access to the Federation that your tiny government should be taken seriously. Becoming a full member would give you many advantages over your rivals. But yours isn't the only delegation that has set its sights on joining the Federation. So, let the contest begins! You have just 5 years to prove that you can be a productive member. During these years, you must make the most of your opportunities to impress them. Sometimes you might be forced to work together with your rivals to provide funding for special projects. So, it could be helpful to make friends, but you must stay one step ahead of them. At the end of the 5 years, only one new member will be picked - the one with the most prestige!
Federation is an interactive Eurogame with an unique and innovative double-sided worker placement mechanic. Each time you place a worker, you must decide if that worker will vote in favor of legislation that helps your cause or provides funding for local improvement projects. Each action is critical. At the end of the year, the votes are tallied, and whichever legislation becomes law offers points for the players who have the highest level of influence in that area. Players must keep an eye on their opponent to see the places where they are strong or weak. Making sure that the areas you specialize in score at the end of the game is critical to your success. Plan your strategy and execute it with the proper timing, and that spot in the Federation will be yours!