Star Trek Timeline [INTERACTIVE]
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For the novel of the same name, please see Articles of the Federation (novel).
"By authority granted me under the Articles of the Federation and Starfleet Charter, I order you to surrender your vessels. No terms, no deals."
The Articles of the Federation was a legal document that the United Federation of Planets signed that gave Starfleet officers the authority to ask for a starship captain to surrender their vessel. (DIS: "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2")