This is the tendency for space states not to have an actual identification beyond a generic term for a given political system. Often this is specified a little by equally generic terms such as "of planets". But there is no identity with any local culture. Writers can justify this by explaining that past conquerors decided that it was bad politics to hurt their subjects' feelings more than necessary. This is partly a result of GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: TheRepublic or TheKingdom are generic goodness, empires are simply evil, and that's all that needs to be said.

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!!Examples:

[[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' has The United Federation of Nations, either justified or made worse that their only shared ideology is their ''utter hate'' and wish to defend from TheEmpire.
* '''P'''eople '''L'''iberation '''A'''cting '''N'''ation of '''T'''echnology from MobileSuitGundamSEED.


[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The Galactic Republic, which Palpatine turned into the Galactic Empire. (The trend continues in the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] with the New Republic, then the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances...) Also, the separatists are officially the Confederacy of Independent Systems.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Creator/DavidWeber's ''[[Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes Dahak]]'' series (''Mutineers' Moon, The Armageddon Inheritance, Heirs of Empire'') has the Fifth Imperium. And the Fourth Empire, and the Fourth Imperium, and the Third Imperium and... well, you get the picture.
** They ''are'' technically the Xth Imperium/Empire ''of Man'', but since they're usually the only real game in town people usually don't bother.
* Played straight in ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' series with the [[TheFederation Confederacy of Suns]] (which doesn't actually include the Sun) and the Stellar Caliphate. Averted with the [[TheEmpire Earth Alliance]].
* The Galactic Federation in the ''SectorGeneral'' books, which strictly speaking isn't confined to a single galaxy.
* Present among the more important entities in Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''{{Literature/Foundation}}'' series, including the eponymous Foundation, the Galactic Empire[[note]]Though before the Empire became a galactic Empire in the sense of covering the entire galaxy, it was the ''Trantorian'' Empire, averting this trope. It's just that this only ever comes up in ''The Currents of Space''.[[/note]], and the Union of Worlds (founded by [[spoiler:the [[BigBad Mule]]]]). Technically, the term "Foundation" is a remnant of the Encyclopedia Foundation, whose original perceived purpose is abandoned after the first few decades. And, of course, the [[spoiler:Second Foundation]]. Averted with many of the smaller states that arise during and after the Empire's collapse, which are generally named after the old Imperial provinces and/or the capital worlds of the new states.
* ''{{Franchise/Dune}}'' has the Imperium, officially known as the Galactic Padishah Empire. [[Literature/LegendsOfDune The prequels]] have the [[AIIsACrapshoot Synchronized Worlds]] and the [[FeudalFuture League of Nobles]], as well as another unnamed Empire preceding both.
* SergeyLukyanenko's ''TheStarsAreColdToys'' duology has the Conclave, the Star Shadow, the briefly-mentioned Crystal Alliance, and the Trade League.
* The government the Galactic Patrol belongs to in the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' books is only ever referred to as Civilization.
* ''Literature/EndersGame'' has the [[OneWorldOrder Hegemony]] and the [[TheFederation Starways Congress]].
* The Associated Worlds, from the ''Literature/{{Eldraeverse}}''. Lampshaded as necessarily generic to let otherwise disagreeable polities agree on it, and that everyone disagrees on what exactly the "Associated" means.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': The United Federation of Planets.
** By contrast, Klingons still consider themselves Klingons, and Romulans still regard themselves as Romulans. No crisis of ethnic identity there.
*** Of course, both the Klingon Empire and the Romulan Star Empire include other species as well. They just aren't given equal status and are really only mentioned in the StarTrekExpandedUniverse (there is a novel where both the Federation and the Romulans are offering membership to a civilization that has recently discovered warp drive; while the choice would seem to be a no-brainer, the race ends up going with the Romulans, as they need stability more than they need freedom).
** Played straight with the Dominion.
** Also averted with the MirrorUniverse EvilCounterpart the Terran Empire but played straight with the Alliance.
*** Not necessarily. While it is often just called "the Alliance," the full name is the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance.
* The Alliance in {{Series/Firefly}}, though technically, the full title of the government is "the Union of Allied Planets." There's also the "Hands of Blue" and the "Academy," though both of those are actually nicknames for specific people or organizations, and the Operative, which is, well, a title for a secret government agent.
* The Systems Commonwealth in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''. The name doesn't sound like something that stretches throughout ''three galaxies''. Averted with the Nietzschean Empire that never arose.
** Also averted with the Vedran Empire, which preceded the Commonwealth.

[[AC:TabletopGames]]
* ''{{Traveller}}'': The Third Imperium
** The Third Imperium even went this one better by changing its capital's name from Sylea to "Capital"
*** Arguably justified. While the Third Imperium began as what was effectively a Sylean Empire, it became an empire glued together by its upper caste rather then by a core ethnicity. It probably would have been diplomatic to not stress the Sylean origins.
** Other states are less bland about it. The Terran Confederation was the TERRAN Confederation long after most of its population grew up on other planets and were of mixed Solomani-Vilani descent.
** And the Vilani before them were blatant about their Vilani origins. But one of their empire's names is the Ziru Sirka which means Grand Imperium of the Stars.

[[AC:{{Videogames}}]]
* The games in the ''SpaceEmpires'' series even have a list of generic empire names and titles, all of which are cosmetic. Starting in [=SE4=] however, you can define the political system your civilization adopts. Which doesn't prevent you from calling your very loose [[TheFederation federation]] an empire.
** It never stopped the Holy Roman Empire, later the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation, from calling itself one.
* Humanity's spacefaring government in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is the Systems Alliance.
* The United Nations Space Command and the Covenant in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''.
* The ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' series features the Confederation and the Border Worlds. Although sometimes the Confederation is the ''Terran'' Confederation.
* The {{Avernum}} series lampshades it with the Empire, which is described as "Not the Something Empire or the Empire of Something. Why bother with names, when you are the only Empire around?"
* The Coalition of Ordered Governments in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar''. (Get it? COG? Gears?) In the backstory there's also the Union of Independent Republics.
* ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity Nova'' has the Federation (full and formal name the Federation of United Planets, although that is [[AllThereInTheManual only mentioned in the Preambles]]) in the present and in the past the latest (and possibly first -- there is no information on what preceded it) pan-human government, the Colonial Council. More-or-less inverted by the Polaris (named for the North Star, as the colonial expedition that led to their founding set beyond that star), where we never find out if their state has a ''governmental'' term in it.
* ''VideoGame/SinsOfASolarEmpire'' has the Trade Emergency Coalition (formerly the Trade Order) and the Advent.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'': The Federation - in opposition to The Triceraton Republic. In the '80s cartoon, they were called the Triceraton '''Empire'''.
* The "United Republic of Nations" in the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. It's meant to be [[TeamSwitzerland a politically neutral country]] in the world of Avatar, as well as negotiator to prevent future conflicts between the Fire Nation, Earth Kingdom, the Water Tribes and the (slowly resurgent) Air Nomads.

[[AC:RealLife]]
* The Hanseatic League which dominated the Medieval Baltic (the word Hanse roughly means "merchant's guild" or "trading league", at least for older examples). There were other Hansas, but the North German one was so powerful and dominant (and long-lasting -- the last diet was in the mid-17th century) that if one didn't add any other descriptors it was assumed that was the Hansa meant.
* The UsefulNotes/LeagueOfNations and the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations, although those don't claim to be states.
* The actual name of what used to to be the British Commonwealth (and before that the British ''Empire'') is the Commonwealth of Nations.
* The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was a description of the supposed form of government, with no reference to geography or nationality (a "soviet" was a kind of local workers' council). Of course it just led to the rest of the world referring to the people (or at least the leaders) thereof as "Soviets".
* The Commonwealth of Independent States, the organization that replaced the USSR.
* Silly but real: the Miss Universe pageant is hubristically generic in name, considering that no one from outside of one local planet has ever been allowed to compete. At least, as far as we know.
* The United States of America is often referred to as simply "the United States", especially in formal contexts such as official titles like President of the United States or Supreme Court of the United States.
* Similarly, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is often simply the United Kingdom, presumably for the sake of brevity. Of course, even this is rare outside of formal contexts.
* Assorted sporting events that banner themselves as "World Series" - especially since they universally neglect to specify which world and almost never have representation from the whole world. Baseball is among the worst offenders of the latter type. [[note]] Despite some memetic pictures saying the US is the only country that plays, Canadian teams can and do compete. The Toronto Blue Jays even won 2 championships in a row in 1992 and 1993.[[/note]]
** The Little League World Series averts this, as champions have come from the United States, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Venezuela, and Curaçao.
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