In conspiracy mythology, the Galactic Federation (or Intergalactic Confederation) is the name given to an alleged organization grouping together several extraterrestrial civilizations. According to the legend, these civilizations have covertly collaborated with the United States and Israel for decades in scientific and military efforts.
Adherents of this conspiracy theory initially identified exclusively with "ufologists" or specialists of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), but are now closer to the QAnon communities.
Since the 1950s, an abundance of literature has been devoted to the subject of encounters with extraterrestrial civilisations. The books of the British conspiracy writer David Icke provide one of the most striking examples.
Before entering the realm of conspiracy beliefs, the theme of a galactic federation coming into contact with Earth fed into science fiction literature.
A 1953 short story by William Ten that appeared in the magazine Future Science Fiction, The Liberation of Earth, mentioned the term. In the tale, an alien ship arrives on Earth in the middle of the Cold War to offer humans the chance to join a galactic federation to protect them from the threat of another species, the Troxxt, who are at war with the Federation.
The science fiction writer and founder of the Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, also refers to a "Galactic Confederation" in several of his books and, in more detail, in the script for the never-released film Revolt in the Stars. As the story tells it, 75 million years ago the dictator Xenu, head of the Galactic Confederation, was held responsible for having eliminated 13,500 billion aliens on Earth in order to solve the problems of overpopulation on the 76 planets in his territory. The souls of these murdered citizens (the Thetans) are said to be still trapped on Earth.
This thesis, known as the ‘Xenu thesis’, was later recycled by Hubbard in the precepts of Scientology. It is said to be revealed to his followers at the Operating Thetan III level (one of the highest grades) and suggests that followers of this rank should get rid of the Thetans living inside them in order to reach a higher level of liberation.
The idea of a galactic organization can also be found in other major works of science fiction, such as the Star Trek series, Babylon 5 and the films Men in Black and Star Wars.
American ufologists Corey Goode and David Wilcock are considered to be the most influential representatives of this theory today. The two men appear regulary as speakers at ufology events. During one of their lectures Goode stated that a "negative elite" was ruling the world and trafficking children.
This idea of a "negative elite" is common to some ufologists (and many conspiracy theorists, including QAnon) who believe that a "Cabal" is secretly pulling the world's strings. The fantasies surrounding the Illuminati, the Freemasons, the Zionists and the "New World Order" are all part of this constellation of conspiracies. The theorists claim the Cabal would deprive humanity of the technology to which it has access thanks to its galactic alliances.
Paul Hellyer, who was the Canadian Minister of Defence from 1963 to 1967, maintained that extraterrestrials have been in contact with Earth for several millennia and that their visits to our planet increased after 1945 and the first nuclear bomb test.
In December 2020, General Haim Eshed, the 87-year-old former head of Israel's space program, declared in the midst of promoting his book (The Universe Beyond the Horizon) that the United States and Israel had been in contact with extraterrestrial civilisations for several years and that an alliance had even been sealed with a galactic federation. In an interview with Yediot Aharonot, he added that "this cooperation is reflected in the existence of a secret base on Mars where Americans and extraterrestrial representatives are working together". American President Donald Trump was allegedly even dissuaded by the Federation from revealing its existence to the world.
(Last updated on 01/08/2024)