Meaning of the Flag:
This flag was created after the civil war with some symbols adopted to reflect the federation as a whole.
The three stripes alone represents the new direction of the federation, progression. The red stripe symbolize the sacrifice and courage of the Rapturian soldiers that fought for the Federation way of life. The white stripe means the desire of peace and unity for the federation citizens. The last stripe is split into black and grey, with each color designated to a different meaning for humans and automatons, black represents the darkness of the majority of human history in order to inspire towards a brighter future, while the grey represents the automaton's very metals they were crafted from that gave them life. In short the last stripe in general represents the learning from your past mistakes and leap forward into the unknown future.
The black gear represents the federation's military, technological, and the governed advancement that drives the Federation in being superior.
The red stars presents the ultimate goals of the federation which are freedom, equality and the pursuit of prosperity.
A brief history of the Federation:
In the late 21st century in Earth, humanity lived in a comfortable lifestyle with automatons used as servitude. However a machine uprising plunged the world into chaos as both species used terrible weapons against one another to achieve their goals. Eventually a peace agreement was reached that ensured the existence of both kinds but it came at a terrible price. The Earth nearly sucked dry of its resources and with the looming nuclear winter that would plunged the world for decades, both species built their own separate arkships to find their new home beyond the stars.
After many years travelling into the cold, dark space, the human arkships were the first to arrive to earth-like planet in the star system of Trappist. Soon after the human begin to build their first settlements, the Automaton arkships coincidentally arrived and many fear that conflict might soon arise. Eventually after days worth of negotiations, an uneasy truce and a settlement was reached. The both survivors acting out of desperation of avoiding another war agreed on splitting the now named world Elysium in half for each race, and the establishment of a dual government with each race represented.
Despite tension between the two kinds, a short period of peace existed which led to innovations of technology and blossoming of culture. However this peace would interrupted by the arrival of the first alien kind, but this kind later to be known as the Krells came with very hostile intentions. The early battles of the First Contact Wars would be devastated to the human/automaton forces due to the lack of unity and organization fighting against a superior force. And for a while most part of the world was under occupation, this wouldn't last as a unknown resistance leader lead a coalition force of humans and automatons alike to rid off the invading force city by city. Eventually the remaining first wave of the Krell forces retreated back to space, for the moment ending the conflict.
Celebration occurred world wide of the victory, also high praises to this mysterious individual in which later to be revealed as an android(half human and half machine that sneaked in a ark ships prior to leaving Earth) named Alpha was in instrumental in leading an army that would eventually drive the aliens off their world. With the praise of the people she would later serve as the executive mediator/tiebreaker between the two leaders and a new democratic government was formed known as the United Rapture Federation. With the technology advancing significantly thanks to the alien tech scatter all around, was instrumental with the second wave of the Krells invasion force, they were annihilated by the armies of Elysium. Before the second wave retreated, Federation intelligence were able to uncover the coordinates of the Krell homeworld, and thanks to reverse engineering the Krell's FTL engines, Federation ships launch a counter attack to the alien home world and to ensure that the Krell would no longer become a threat, the Federation would use weapons of mass destruction to wipe them out, thus concluding the First Contact War.
Soon after the war, the Federation's golden age was defined by expansion to many worlds beyond their system, discovery of new technologies and the first ever travel to new dimensions that was once ever thought as a pipe dream. It was also a time of many wars against other minor space faring civilizations which the federation would rise triumphant while many alien civilizations would perish under the federation banner. A few alien civilizations however that were integrated(either by peace or force) into the federation would only receive resident status. However internal problems within the Federation would later reach to a boiling point.
Ever since the foundation of the federation or even before that, xenophobia was major issue within many colonial worlds with thus governments with majority of either automatons and humans would create segregation laws and guarantee little rights and protections against their minority counterparts. This would later be more evident with other non-
rapture citizens that since aren't consider citizens would be discriminated with at times even serve in servitude. Eventually some colonies would form two factions, those of Pro-Human faction "Human Front" and the other Pro-Automaton faction named "Auto Collective".
Tension between this factions would boil over time as they seek to take control of the Federation government, eventually after many fail attempts to reshape the direction of the nation, the two factions would secede from the federation which would result in the Rapture Civil war. The war was devastating with both the human and automatons factions acting horrendous acts towards one another, and especially those colonial worlds weren't aligned with either. Alpha Centauri still the remaining acting leader of the federation, lead a third faction of colonies that were still loyal to the federation added claims to not only restore the federation, but to also destroy the supremacist factions and to end the civil war. Alpha's faction eventually was proven victorious in the civil war, many former supremacist worlds were put into martial law and unrest was common.
The Federation though united once more, it was left in a much exhausted state, with its military almost crippled but this problem would soon bite them. Years after civil war, another war in galactic scale occurred between the federation and alien alliance of totalitarian nations.The war happen for the most part ambitions of this alliance to expand their domains into federation territory and to eradicate the Federation "democratic" values. The war lasted for years but with the new rise of unity of both humans and automatons and after a decisive victory in a strategic world, the tables were turned and the federation for the first time enter into enemy territory and committed perhaps the biggest and the last of act of genocide, thus concluding the war.
After the galactic war, the federation went through a time period of reconstruction and reformation with Alpha Centauri becoming the permanent President of the Federation, thus becoming the head of state while every 5 years an elected individual known as the First Citizen would act as the chief executive of the government. Years of technological progression, dimensional exploration and military advancement, the federation has not only become the sole galactic superpower but also a major inter-dimensional power.