While hosting Chancellor Gorkon and his party aboard the USS Enterprise-A in 2293, Captain James T. Kirk claimed that one of the advantages of being a thousand light years from Federation Headquarters was the availability of Romulan ale on board the ship. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
Fearing what happened during the Burn could happen on Earth, the Federation decided to move Federation Headquarters elsewhere, and, by 3089, the Federation and Starfleet were no longer on Earth. In 3189, after learning of its coordinates from Adira Tal, the USS Discovery made a spore jump to this HQ to report for duty. (DIS: "People of Earth", "Die Trying")
When the DMA threatened Ni'Var and United Earth and Titan, Federation Headquarters was moved into Earth orbit to help protect the planet and cover the evacuation. Each deck was filled to capacity with refugees and then detached to act as a lifeboat before Admiral Charles Vance ordered the remaining crew to abandon ship on the USS Mitchell while he remained onboard, joined by Sylvia Tilly, to continue to provide cover for as long as possible.
This space station also served as Starfleet Headquarters. Further, the Federation's executive branch and presumably the Federation Council were located here as well. Starfleet operated this facility, which was protected by a distortion field to keep its location a secret. It had a main habitable section with twisting structures enclosing streamers of field generation energy at the station's center. Field generation panels in static positions were placed at a safe distance around the upper habitable section. Streams of energy for the field poured out of the poles of the station.
The habitable section had many decks. The topmost deck was notable for its holographic star chart of the Milky Way Galaxy and the station's dedication plaque. The next deck down had offices. Other sections of the station contained a sickbay and interrogation rooms. The station had a primary and a secondary operations center. Programmable matter was used in the station for creating walkways and doors.
The station had at least seven briefing rooms and a multi-deck shuttlebay.
The streamers of field generation energy at the station were connected by thin energy cables to the hulls of ships. The collective energy of these ships sustained the distortion field. These streamers emitted a brilliant light which obscured parts of the surrounding habitable section. (DIS: "Die Trying", "Unification III", "Kobayashi Maru", "All Is Possible")
Following the collapse of the Emerald Chain, the cloaking field surrounding the station was dismantled and new structures were added to the station. Starting in 3190, this station would be the home for a restablished Starfleet Academy. A new spacedock, the Archer Spacedock, was built within visual range of the station. This dock would be used for retrofitting existing ships and for the construction of new starships. (DIS: "Kobayashi Maru")
The station was also mobile and equipped with a warp drive, so that it could relocate as needed. In addition, its individual decks could detach as self-sustained lifeboats, also with warp capability; this was demonstrated during the effort to evacuate Earth when the Dark Matter Anomaly threatened in 3190. (DIS: "Coming Home")
- Fleet Admiral Charles Vance (commander in chief)
- Lieutenant Teemo (Operations officer)
- Lieutenant Audrey Willa (chief of security)
- Lieutenant Simms
- Dr. Kovich
- Eli (doctor)