Autumn of the Republic
An enormous commerce guild and shipping cartel centered around organized and protected trade, with lobbyists, a commercial fleet, and a small private military to protect its operations. The Trade Federation is primarily concerned with protecting its trade routes and enabling its member corporations to trade across known space. On nearly any civilized planet in the galaxy, you can find a Trade Federation-approved trading post or superstore, and their products’ quality is backed by the guild’s guarantee, which is not given lightly.
One of the sponsors of the Outer Expansion Zone project that ended up virtually enslaving its colonists and strip-mining its worlds, the Federation is now scrambling to rehabilitate its public image.
While in the prequel movie era, the Trade Federation is predominantly made up of Neimoidians, this era’s Trade Federation is much more diverse, and is not blatantly evil — concerned with profit, yes, but also providing goods and services to planets across the galaxy, and facilitating trade across the Republic.