CHAPTER VI [ 6485] Pacific Settlement of Disputes
1. The parties to any dispute, the continuance of which is likely
to endanger the maintenance of interplanetary peace and security, shall, first of all,
seek a solution by negotiation, inquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial
settlement, resort to regional agencies or arrangements, or other peaceful means of their
2. The Federation Council shall, when it deems necessary, call
upon the parties to settle their dispute by such means.
The Federation Council may investigate any dispute, or any
situation which might lead to interplanetary friction or give rise to a dispute, in order
to determine whether the continuance of the dispute or situation is likely to endanger the
maintenance of interplanetary peace and security.
1. Any member of the United Federation of Planets may bring any
dispute, or any situation of the nature referred to in Article 34, to the attention of the
Federation Council or the Supreme Assembly;
2. A planetary social system which is not a member of the United
Federation of Planets may bring to the attention of the Federation Council or the Supreme
Assembly any dispute to which it is a party if it accepts in advance, for the purposes of
the dispute, the obligation of pacific settlement provided in these Articles of
3. The proceedings of the Supreme Assembly in respect to matters
brought to its attention under this Article will be subject to the provisions of Articles
11 and 12.
1. The Federation Council may, at any stage of a dispute of the
nature referred to in Article 33 or of a situation of the nature referred to in Article
34, recommend procedures or appropriate methods of adjustment;
2. The Federation Council shall take into consideration any
procedures for the settlement of the dispute which have already been adopted or proposed
by the parties;
3. In making recommendations under this Article the Federation
Council should also take into consideration that legal disputes should as a general rule
be referred to the Interplanetary Supreme Court of Justice in accordance with the
provisions of the Statute of that Court.
1, Should the parties to a dispute as referred to in Article 33
fail to settle it by means indicated in the Article, they shall refer it to the Federation
2. If the Federation Council deems that the continuance of the
dispute is in fact likely to endanger the maintenance of interplanetary peace and
security, it shall decide whether to take action under Article 36 or to recommend such
terms as it may consider appropriate.
Without prejudice to the provisions of Articles 33 through 37
inclusive, the Federation Council may, if all the parties to any dispute so request, make
recommendations to the parties with a view to a pacific settlement of the dispute.
Breaches of the Peace, and Acts of Aggression
The Federation Council shall determine the existence of any
threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression, and shall make
recommendations to maintain or restore interplanetary peace and security;
In order to prevent aggravation of the situation, the Federation
Council may call upon the parties concerned to comply with such provisional measures as it
deems necessary or desirable. Such provisional measures shall be without prejudice to the
rights, claims, or position of the parties concerned. The Federation Council shall take
into account any failure to comply with such provisional measures.
The Federation Council may decided what measures short of the use
of armed force are to be employed to give effect to its decisions, and may call upon the
members of the United Federation of Planets to apply such measures. These may included
partial or complete interruption of economic relations, interplanetary communication and
space travel, and severance of diplomatic relations, or such other measures as the
Federation Council shall deem appropriate.
Should the Federation Council consider that measures under
Article 41 would be inadequate or have proved to be inadequate, it may take such action by
armed force as necessary to maintain or restore interplanetary peace and security. Such
actions may include demonstrations, blockades, and other operations by Star Fleet combined
All members of the United Federation of Planets, in obligation to
the maintenance of interplanetary peace and security, agree to make available to Star
Fleet, on call of the Federation Council, armed forces, assistance, and facilities,
including rights of passage, necessary for the maintenance of interplanetary peace and
When the Federation Council has decided to employ force to
mitigate a situation it shall, before calling upon a member not represented on that
Council to provided armed forced in fulfillment of obligations assumed under Article 43,
invite that member to participate in the decisions of the Federation Council relating to
the employment of contingents of the member's armed forces.
In order to enable the United Federation of Planets to take
urgent military measures, all members so capable shall assign contingents of their own
armed forces to Star Fleet to be employed as a single peace-keeping force of the United
Federation of Planets. All contingents so assigned, and for the duration of their
assignment, shall hold full faith and loyalty to the United Federation of Planets and the
protection of the purposes and principles of the Articles of Federation.
Plans for the Application of Star Fleet armed forces shall be
made by the Federation Council with the assistance of the military staff committee of Star
1. There shall be established within Star Fleet a military staff
committee to advise and assist the Federation Council on all matters relating to the
United Federation of Planets' military requirements for maintaining interplanetary peace
2. The military staff committee shall consist of the chiefs of
staff of the permanent members of the Federation Council, or their representatives. Any
member of the United Federation of Planets may be invited to provide representation on the
military staff committee where its responsibilities requires the participation of that
member in its work;
3. The military staff committee, with the authorization of the
Federation Council, shall establish a Star Fleet as the armed peace-keeping forces of the
United Federation of Planets. It shall be responsible for the establishment and
maintenance of all facilities of Star Fleet, including armed ships, starbases, and
4. The military staff committee shall be responsible under the
Federation Council for the strategic direction of Star Fleet armed forces, and the other
armed forces of the members when required for the maintenance of interplanetary peace and
The action required to carry out decisions of the Federation
Council for the maintenance of interplanetary peace and security shall be taken by Star
Fleet, using such contingents as appropriate to the specific action.
The members of the United Federation of Planets shall join in
affording mutual assistance in carrying out the measures decided upon by the Federation
Council and in assisting Star Fleet in the performance of its duties and obligations.
If preventive or enforcement measures against any planet are
taken by the Federation Council, any other planet, whether or not it is a member of the
United Federation of Planets, which finds itself confronted with special economic
difficulties arising from the carrying out of these measures shall have the right to
consult with the Federation Council with regard to the solution of said difficulties.
Nothing in these Articles of Federation shall impair the inherent
right of individual or collective self-defense against armed attacks occurring to members
of the United Federation of Planets, until the Federation Council has taken measures
necessary to maintain interplanetary peace and security, and Star Fleet forces can be
brought into action. Such actions taken by members of the United Federation of Planets in
their self-defense shall be immediately reported to the Federation Council.