League of Non-Aligned Worlds

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The League of Non-Aligned Worlds was a fictional collection of races in the Babylon 5 universe.

The League of Non-Aligned Worlds was a loose confederation of independent worlds and minor species, the least of the six significant galactic powers which existed prior to the second Shadow War. Most of the members of the League had endured subjugation under the Centauri Republic during its first period of ascendance before winning their independence during the Republic's initial decline. Each member species was self-governing, but they formed an economic alliance, political negotiating bloc, and at times of need a voluntary military alliance. The League of Non-Aligned Worlds was created to maintain a united front against a possible Centauri resurgence and protection from the expanding Narn Regime. The League's charter took on new meaning with the rise of the Dilgar, who launched a massive war of conquest and genocide against all neighbors. The League resisted but was nearly overwhelmed, until the Earth Alliance agreed to aid the League and helped drive back the Dilgar.

As a result of the Dilgar war, the League was validated as being significant enough to influence at least one of the other major powers. However, the League was fractious and often subject to petty internal rivalries. On the Advisory Council of the Babylon Station the League was represented by delegates from each member world, who as a group must come to a consensus to cast one vote on behalf of the entire League. In comparison, each of the other major powers were represented by a single individual with one vote; additionally, votes could be taken in the absence of the League representatives, which was not true for at least two of the major powers.

The League included the:

  1. Abbai
  2. Brakiri
  3. Cascor
  4. Drazi
  5. Gaim
  6. Grome
  7. Hurr
  8. Hyach
  9. Ipsha
  10. Llort
  11. Lumati
  12. Markab
  13. pak'ma'ra
  14. Vree
  15. Yolu

After Babylon 5 declared independence, Captain Sheridan persuaded the League members to provide ships for the defense of Babylon 5; later, these and other League forces joined the Rangers and the Minbari in the war against the Shadows. Sheridan declined their assistance during the Earth Alliance civil war, insisting that their involvement (fighting against an anti-alien xenophobic movement) would do more harm than good.

The League eventually dissolved itself in late 2261, shortly after the end of the Earth Alliance civil war, as its membership was transformed into the Interstellar Alliance.

The League appears to be based on the Non-Aligned Movement, which resembles the League in that in its moments of unity it often wields as much power as the Great Powers in United Nations votes.