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I always wonder why the president of the Federation in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country looks very similar to a Klingon. He has the characteristic high hairline, this "Fu Manchu moustache" and, most remarkably, those slight bulges on his forehead (while maybe not as developed as those of actual Klingons, they are still noticable). But given that the Federation is in an ongoing conflict with the Klingons with the parties only recently approaching each other, this seems quite odd, especially when left without any explanation in the movie. So is there any explanation for the president's unusual appearance or am I just imagining things?

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@cde I thought that was implied by all the other existing franchise and movie series tags, including the recently enabled marvel-cinematic-universe tags and the millions of other franchise tags like James Bond I recently consistently added to questions. At least for well-established series that have many questions on the site that seems to be the status quo/common law. – Napoleon Wilson Nov 22 at 2:25

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The President of the Federation according to the Memory Alpha website, is actually an Efrosian, and not a Klingon. Granted there are distinct similarities...

Efrosians were invented by Kirk Thatcher, an associate producer on Star Trek IV, in honor of unit production manager Mel Efros.

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I guess my primary mental barrier was that I always considered the Federation to be rather earth-centered and thus naturally expected a human to be president. – Napoleon Wilson May 5 '14 at 17:03
@NapoleonWilson The Federation was founded in San Francisco, Earth in 2161. It encompassed 8,000 light years. The total number of formal member worlds was over one hundred and fifty. I guess technically anyone from one of those member worlds could rise to the role of Fed president. – Daniel Stowers Nov 22 at 0:59

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