The Viceroy of the Trade Federation occupies the central role of its political life. He is the ultimate authority in matters of state, warfare, and diplomacy, responsible for directing the enormous collective efforts central to the Federation's success. Since our independence, over fifteen years ago, the crucial role played by the individuals elevated to the Viceroyalty has been played out time and again and the maxim of every one of them to the present has been 'the Federation will rise or fall by the quality of its leaders.' They are the driving force behind the entire government.
Although without formal powers enshrined by the Charter, the Regent of the Trade Federation is one of the most powerful individuals in the government. Second only to the Viceroy in authority, and often former Viceroys themselves, their duties are determined by the Viceroy as the circumstances dictate. It is the only Cabinet-level role which the Viceroy can appoint without the Cabinet’s express consent.
The Duceroy is not only the second in command of the Trade Federation, but the Head of Government. With the discretion of the Viceroy, these individuals often exercise powers similar to that of the reigning Viceroy. As the head of government, Duceroys are tasked with making a reality the Cabinet’s ambitions for the Trade Federation. They are responsible for coordinating to whole apparatus of state to this end; such are the requirements of becoming Duceroy, that they have only ever been drawn from the greatest Cabinet Ministers serving at any one time.
The Cabinet is the chief decision-making body for governing the Trade Federation, its existence goes back to the re-founding, under Viceroy Corbin Esco. Comprised of the most senior officers of state, its authority to act on behalf of the Federation public and make decisions for them is almost without limit.
All voting members of the group are nominated by the Viceroy but confirmed by a vote of the rest. They all serve at the pleasure of the Viceroy, and can be dismissed at will. Non-voting members such as advisers are also present. Typically former Cabinet members, the entire Cabinet must approve the elevation of any individual to their ranks. Nevertheless, the individuals which comprise this body form the most trusted, competent, and senior people in the whole state. Without the Cabinet to advise the Viceroy and carry out their will, running one of the largest governments in galactic history would be impossible.
Although not formally a governing body for the Federation, it is the largest forum for debating issues from individual policy to the great matters of state. It has been the starting point for all past leaders of the government, and every Viceroy, Regent, Duceroy, or Cabinet Minister has cut their teeth here before going on to become the next generation of senior leaders. It is the breeding ground for the Federation’s future successes.