The Imperial Federation is a loosely-tied group of nations formerly part of the British Empire. Devised as a continuation of the British Empire, the Imperial Federation has extensive powers over its component nations, although whether it is considered a supranational union or an actual federation is dubious. The Federation has a coordinated fiscal and monetary policy, open borders and freedom of movement, a united military, and a superior Parliament that oversees the decisions provided in other national parliaments, although the component nations are usually considered independent. When taken as a single nation, the IF is the second largest state in the world by land area (after Eurasia), as well as the world's third largest GDP (slightly ahead of its principal rival, the United States). The Imperial Federation is a nuclear-weapons state and also has one of the largest militaries in the planet, making it a formidable political bloc and one of the world's major powers.
Founded in the 1920s by the United Kingdom as a method to preserve the British Empire, the Imperial Federation was originally little more than a Parliament superior to the devolved Parliaments of the United Kingdom and its dominions. However, over time, the Federation has been granted increased powers as improved communications and lower travelling times permit greater coordination between the different devolved Parliaments. Today, it often acts as a supranational federation, although the constituent nations have their own international presence as mostly independent and sovereign States.
The Imperial Federation has a presence over all seven continents of the world, with official territory in six of them and twelve different science stations in Antarctica. The Federation rules over 300 million people of many different ethnicities, linguistic groups and religions, which requires large levels of decentralisation - all but two of the Federation's constituent members are, in themselves, federal states. Queen Victoria II of the United Kingdom acts as the Empress of the Imperial Federation, the official head of state of the Federation and all its members - while the Presidency is rotated each year and voted upon by the leaders of each of their component states. The Head of Government elected as President of the IF for 2016 is Justin Trudeau of Canada. The Imperial Federation is in itself part of another supranational group, the Commonwealth of Nations, with the Federation being the first and foremost member (although this would be a claim quite contested by others, especially the Indic Federation and the East African Federation as well as the main Commonwealth Realm. By doing this, the Federation becomes the "core" of the remnants of the British Empire.
The Imperial Federation has eight component states, which are:
- The Antillean Federation;
- The Federal Council of Australasia;
- The Kingdom of Canada;
- The Dominion of China;
- The Kingdom of Ireland;
- The South African Union, and:
- The United Kingdom of Great Britain.
Since all of the members except for Ireland and Newfoundland are federated states, it is often misconceived that other nations are direct first-order members of the Imperial Federation; this includes regions like the Pacific Union and New Zealand (part of the Federal Council of Australasia), Scotland and Wales (part of the United Kingdom) and Hong Kong and Hainan (the two constituent states of China).