That said, the topic is Trek Politics. While the movies and series don't satisfactorily address this issue, the novels do to a large extent. Therefore I wish to talk about the following Presidents of the Federation.
I’d like to offer my take on the abovementioned Presidents of the Federation.President Jaresh-Inyo (2369-2373)
President Min Zife (2373-2379)
[President Pro Tem B'ullhy (2379)]
President Nanietta Bacco (2379-2385)
[President Pro Tem Ishan Anjar (2385)]
President Jaresh-Inyo was the Grazerite seen in DS9 episodes Paradise Lost & Homefront. His policies were non-aggressive and perfectly suited for a peace-time president. He led during the time when the Federation was moving in a peaceful era, the Borg attacks on the 2360s notwithstanding. But his handling of first contact with the Dominion led to his defeat in the election of 2373.
President Min Zife was a Bolian president who led during the Dominion War and the aftermath, right up until just shortly before the events of Star Trek Nemesis. His policies were far more aggressive. He took a largely autonomous role to better manage the war, often skirting the Federation Council in his executive actions. However, he over-reached during the peace achieved. His heavy-handedness to force the council into line ultimately backfired in the Tezwa debacle, leading to what amounted to a coup initiated by Starfleet's admiral Ross and Section 31.
President Pro Tem B'ullhy was temporarily president for a month long term, just long enough to elect Nan Bacco into office. However, the Damiani President pro tem didn't attempt any bold actions, merely keeping the government functioning long enough for the Special election to take place and swear in a new leader. She was the perfect model of a president pro tempore.
President Nanietta Bacco was an elderly stateswoman, a female human, from Cestus III. Taking office at a critical time, her administration was beset by dozens of crises that she dealt with admirably. The collapse of the Romulan government, the Romulan Secession, the Borg Invasion of 2381, Reconstruction, Rise of the Typhon Pact, Andorian Secession, and many others. She was a pro-active president, striving hard to make the lives of all sentient beings better. One may call her a progressive or one may call her idealistic. Yet it amounts to much the same. Her assassination is a tragedy and one that should drive home the fact that she was a far cry from the regular politician if there were attempts to assassinate her on 2 separate occasions, finally succeeding on the second try.
Now…onto President Pro Tem Ishan Anjar. This was a former councilor from Bajor. While it demonstrates the strength of the Federation’s democracy that a citizen from one the relatively newest members of the UFP can assume the highest office in the Federation, it says little about the man itself. His policies on the other hand though... says quite a bit about this man. He is very heavy-handed in his policies. Upon assassination of Nan Bacco and his assumption of the office of the President Pro Tem, he nearly demolishes the Federation/Cardassian Alliance. This is one of Bacco’s greatest achievements and he literally destroys it in a matter of days.
What REALLY gets me going on this guy is how he deals with the Andorians. He initiates an embargo on the planet so critical supplies can no longer be traded with the seceded world, leading to widespread suffering among the civilian population. Furthermore, the Andorian people are dying of a reproductive crisis, facing extinction within the century. The Federation could assist by means of the Shedai Meta-Genome (classified for over a century) but he refused simply out of spite that they seceded from the Federation and reached out to a rival power that attempted to offer the Andorians the very help he denied them.
In this, he put his ambition to become the new President ahead of the interest of an endangered people. To score political points, he was willing to callously condemn an entire sentient species to extinction. This guy is only a President Pro Tem! Sure he is responsible for safeguarding of the Federation but his actions do not speak kindly of this guy at all.
For such actions…I say the following:
Ishan Anjar is not fit to WALK where Nanietta Bacco once led.
I’d like to hear what others people think of the Trek politics of these politicians. I’d like to know if they agree, disagree, or otherwise have any thoughts or comments on this. In particular, those who know about Ishan Anjar, I would most definitely like to know your thoughts on him. Would you support him in the upcoming special election for the President of the United Federation of Planets or would you back one of the other candidates? Quite possibly Kellasar sh’Tarash of Andoria?