Unquestionably the single most powerful national polity of the 25th century, the Eastern Federation is nevertheless a mature power, with younger, more aggressive powers on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system eagerly waiting for the giant to stumble.
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The Eastern Federation has its origins in the turmoil following The Great Contraction of the late 21st century. As world populations plummeted to war and famine, in Eurasia the Russian Federation struggled to maintain its influence over its more distant territories in Siberia as most of its resources and attention became focused on the western parts of Russia.
Although politically weakened by The Great Contraction, China's own private metanational corporations had only gained from their national sponsor's weakness, and aggressively expanded their economic influence, then later de facto political and military authority over Siberia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and other areas unable to cope with the aftermath of the devastation of The Great Contraction.
As the nations of Earth slowly recovered from the economic collapse and population contractions of the 21st century, the metanationals pushed the central Chinese government to reform itself by merging the economies of China, Korea, Mongolia, Taiwan, Siberia and Kazakhstan into a joint federal entity.
The difficulties and stumbles in this reorganization took time, and as metanationals in Union and State rushed to build corporate colonies on Luna, Venus, and Mars, the Eastern Federation mounted a huge effort to claim its own manifest destiny before all of the most valuable real estate in the solar system had been claimed. Seizing Mercury and several clusters in the Asteroid Belt, the Eastern Federation today still feels as if it received a raw deal in the solar system's colonization, and has been steadily increasing its navy with an eye towards redressing that imbalance.
Today, the Eastern Federation boasts the largest navy by displacement in the solar system, (though not the largest in number of vessels), being the premier builder of dreadnoughts and super dreadnoughts. Only the still-present threat of mutually assured destruction has kept war from breaking out on Earth herself, those tensions instead emerging in the form of proxy wars and conflicts throughout the rest of the solar system.