Formed in 2261 AD in the aftermath of the liberation of Earth and the Shadow War, the Interstellar Alliance was formed between the Minbari, Narn, Centauri, the Earth Alliance and the remaining members of the League of Non-Aligned Worlds (Rising Star). The purpose of the Interstellar Alliance is to create peace and prosperity among its member worlds, provided that its members agree to, and comply with, a code of conduct. The Rangers are the primary peacekeeping force for the Interstellar Alliance.
It is headed by a president, elected by the Interstellar Alliance Advisory Council. The legislature is the Interstellar Alliance Council, wherein each member government had a single vote. This was in stark contrast to the old Babylon council, where each great power (Earth Alliance, Centauri, Narn, Mimbari, Vorlon) had a single vote, while the non-aligned worlds collectively had only one vote between them. Also, these votes were not distributed by species, but by government, as some races had separate independent improvements such as Earth and Mars, who were represented separately in the alliance.
After accepting a deal with the Earth Alliance which would protect his crew from disciplinary action but which left him jobless, John Sheridan was nominated to, and accepted, the position of President of the Interstellar Alliance, which he would hold for nearly 19 years. He would be followed in this position by Delen. The identity of further presidents are not known
The Interstellar Alliance would be in existence for at least a millennium after its creation, although various members would temporarily leave the organization due to political, cultural, or cataclysmic events.
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