Major conglomerate of shipping corporations
Various starships, military vehicles, and shipping goods
|Chronological and political information|
150 BBY (315BrS)
- "These Federation types are cowards."
- ―Kyp Durron
The Trade Federation was a very powerful commerce guild, trade cartel, megacorporation, and lobbying group that was founded in 150 BBY as an association of business and trade groups with its own commercial trade fleet.
It grew to dominate entire star systems and all major trade routes, and possessed a formidable private military. The Federation supplied both the Galactic Republic and the Alliance of Independent Systems during the Clone War. It was, however, imperialized shortly after the Galactic Empire's formation in 31 BBY.
Toward the end of the Empire's reign as the dominant galactic government, it would become increasingly dominated by the commerce-savvy Neimoidians. As the Galactic Civil War came to a close, the Trade Federation reemerged as an influential organization once again during the New Republic era. Prior to the Yuuzhan Vong War in 25 ABY, the Federation opened up business with the Confederacy of Independent Systems.