Woolsey: The IOA believes it could be an important first step toward interplanetary government. A...Federation, if you will.
McKay: The Federation had ships.
Reference to the United Federation of Planets, the League formed of various planets, including Earth in the various Star Trek series, including Voyager, in which Robert Picardo himself starred as the ship's Emergency Medical Hologram. And during its run, the series Deep Space Nine also had an episode titled "Inquisition", in which Dr. Julian Bashir was faced with having to defend himself on accusations that he was a spy for the Dominion, a ruthless power seeking to destroy the Federation and conquer the galaxy.