The United Federation of Planets (https://www.obsidianfleet.net/blog/database/united-federation-of-planets-government/) is structured as that of a federal constitutional republic, with much of its facilities located on Earth.
The President of the Federation is elected for 5 year terms. - This is a popular vote across Federation worlds and protectorates, and 2397 is an election year. If you want to get involved in the campaigns as a candidate (or campaign operative for one) this is the place to place your character so they can guest in subplots anywhere in the fleet. And who knows? Your character might just be around to cause trouble ...er, become involved... in fleet oversight or issues after the election too.
Now you have found me you have to tell an easter joke on discord.