Meaning: the act of constituting a political unity out of a number of separate states or colonies or provinces so that each member retains the management of its internal affairs
confederation, confederacy, federation
Meaning: a union of political organizations
Meaning: an organization formed by merging several groups or parties
It was Federation.
That had been the Terran Federation's idea, from the beginning; why else give the Company's chief representative the title of Governor-General?
You know what the setup is, there, don't you? The Terran Federation Space Navy discovered and explored both Uller and Niflheim, which made both planets public domain.
It is evident that most of these reasons apply to a single local factory with far greater force than to a federation of locally scattered plants. It was once believed that the growing disadvantages of large industry would set an early limit to consolidation.