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Laira Rillak was a 32nd century Federation politician, newly elected president of the rebuilding United Federation of Planets in 3190. She had Human, Bajoran, and Cardassian ancestry.

Though she was not in Starfleet, she felt that serving on her father's cargo ship had given her a resilience for rough space travel. In those travels, she had become familiar with the Kobayashi Maru scenario, and the lessons of command it was intended to teach.

In 3190, President Rillak addressed the first group of Starfleet Academy cadets in over a hundred years and also unveiled Archer Spacedock.

Shortly after, she accompanied Captain Michael Burnham and the USS Discovery on a mission to Deep Space Repair Beta Six and Kwejian. (DIS: "Kobayashi Maru")

President Rillak was played by Chelah Horsdal.
President Rillak's ancestry has not been mentioned on screen, but was discussed in interviews with Michelle Paradise and Olatunde Osunsanmi. Paradise described developing a Federation President for DIS Season 4 that would say something "about the world that we're in," and that Human-Bajoran-Cardassian heritage seemed like "an interesting choice" given the history between those species. [1]

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