@nolan "no, it's like email" is the prime corrective of federation
@nolan @lawnsea emails are still silos by default and not a social endeavor on each server. I'm assuming the names for federations came from Star Trek's United Federation of Planets where there's an agreement across planets to behave similarly. So each place def has it's own values and mission, and those spheres are autonomous, yet they agree to interact with other spaces because they all have a common agreement in the bigger picture.
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