Zachary Hudson

Incumbent Federal President Zachary Hudson

The President of the Federation, often abbreviated as Federal President, is the elected head of state and head of government of the Federation. The incumbent President of the Federation is Zachary Hudson.

Executive powers

The President of the Federation is the head of the executive branch of the federal government and is constitutionally obligated to take care that federal laws are faithfully executed. Aside from administrative and juridical powers, one of the most important powers is the President's role as the Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the Federation when called into the actual service of the Federation.[1] Senior advisors in the Federal Navy advise the President on military matters.[2]


Any adult Federal Citizen can participate as a candidate in a presidential election.[3][4] A person who meets these requirements is disqualified if he or she has already been elected Federal President once. Candidates do not need to be backed by a political party or minor faction, but it helps. Usually corporations and special interest groups push and fund their chosen candidates. A Congressman can and often does become Federal President immediately after completing a term as a Congressman.[5]

Tenure and succession

The Federal President is elected for a single term of eight years by the citizens of the Federation; Federal Presidents are barred from serving multiple consecutive terms.[6] After an election, the president-elect is sworn into office as the Federal President during the Federation Presidential Inauguration.[7]

Four years into that term, a Vote of No Confidence is automatically held in Federal Congress. If the incumbent Federal President wins the vote, then he or she may continue the rest of their term. If the incumbent loses the vote, he or she is immediately removed from office. The current Shadow President, the leader of the opposing political party, is then given the opportunity to form an administration, which is also put to a vote in Congress. If the Shadow President's administration is approved, he or she is inaugurated as the next Federal President, but if it is rejected, then a full presidential election is triggered.[8][5][9] It is very rare for a Shadow President to succeed an ousted Federal President; Zachary Hudson and Antonia Madison are the two most recent individuals to have achieved the Federal Presidency under these circumstances.[8]

In the event that a Federal President is no longer able to serve, the Vice President, who the President selects and appoints, takes over as Acting President. If the Vice President is likewise unavailable, then the Secretary of State is next in the line of succession. On May 26, 3301, both Federal President Jasmina Halsey and Vice President Ethan Naylor went missing with the disappearance of Starship One. Secretary of State Felicia Winters became the Acting President.[10][11] Following a Vote of No Confidence on June 2, 3301, the still-missing Jasmina Halsey was removed from office and Shadow President Zachary Hudson was approved by Congress to succeed her as President of the Federation.[12]


The White House in Olympus Village on Mars is the official place of residence for the President of the Federation.[13] It has various facilities and staff that are available to the president. Press conferences and public statements are made there and it's used for formal dining, diplomatic reception, social events etc.


Starship One is the official designation of the personal vessel of the President of the Federation. Two Narwhal Liner luxury passenger vessels were used by the Federation in the capacity of Starship One. After a Starship One Narwhal was lost with former President Jasmina Halsey, the Narwhal Liners were replaced by two modified Farragut Battle Cruisers to meet the safety needs of President Zachary Hudson. They assumed the mantle of Starship One.[14] These ships serve as long distance travel for the president. The first vessel is the primary ship and the second a backup.


The Presidential Protection Detail are responsible for protecting the safety of the sitting President and the first family (spouse and any of their children). The Vice President of the Federation also has a protection detail.

List of known Federal Presidents

The complete list of Presidents is too numerous to mention here, so only those who made a name for themselves in intergalactic affairs are listed.[15]

Name Term Notes
Sadiq Kessler 2599 - 2607 [15]
Isaac Gellan 2862 - 2866 Disgraced, lost Vote of No Confidence[15]
Olaf Smith 2866 - 2874 [15]
Jeremy Tann 2874 - 2882 [15]
Verity Campbell 2956 - 2960 Lost Vote of No Confidence[15]
Ulrich Vale 2968 - 2976 [15]
Grant Keller 2976 - 2984 [15]
Tyrell Biggs 3008 - 3016 [15]
Varian Scott 3140's [16]
Loric Trander 3184 - 3192 [15]
Eugene Cooper 3260 - 3264 Unpopular, lost Vote of No Confidence[15]
Antonia Madison 3264 - 3272 [15]
Jasmina Halsey 3300 - 3301 Disappeared, lost Vote of No Confidence on June 2, 3301
Zachary Hudson June 2, 3301 - Present Incumbent President[17]

List of known Vice Presidents

Name Term Notes
Nigel Smeaton 3300 - January 12, 3301 Died in an apparent swimming pool accident at his home on Mars. Data packages alleged that he was murdered.[18][19]
Ethan Naylor February 20, 3301 - May 26, 3301 First Vice President from a frontier world, Siren.[20] Perished aboard Jasmina Halsey's Starship One.
Brad Mitchell June 11, 3301 - Present Incumbent Vice President. Successful businessman, former President of Sales at Reyan BPS before getting into politics.[21]


  1. Hudson Attacks President’s History - 30 MAR 3301
  2. Hudson Takes Tour of Brightlight Facilities in Hors - 07 APR 3301
  3. Galactic Superpowers - Story - Elite Dangerous
  4. The Federation Sourcebook, EDRPG
  5. 5.0 5.1 Governments and politics in Elite Dangerous by Michael Brookes
  6. Galactic Superpowers - Story - Elite Dangerous
  7. Zachary Hudson Becomes the New President of the Federation
  8. 8.0 8.1 GalNet: A Vote of Congressional Confidence
  9. Tourist Beacon 0180 Congressional Streamlining
  10. Galnet - President Misses Meeting
  11. Galnet - Federal State of Emergency: Winters Declared Acting President
  12. Galnet - Zachary Hudson Becomes the New President of the Federation
  13. Galactic News: Galactic Leaders Respond to Discovery
  14. Galnet News - Galactic News: Presidential Vessel Retired
  15. 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 15.11 Data taken from Tourist Spot Beacon 0201, Sol system
  16. Elite Encounters RPG
  17. Zachary Hudson Becomes the New President of the Federation
  18. Galnet - Federal Vice President Dies in Swimming Accident
  19. Antares Incident Links to VP’s Death?
  20. Galnet - New VP Appointed
  21. Galnet - Who is Brad Mitchell? The New Federal VP!
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