We also get some hard numbers for the UFP, Picard mentions offhandedly to Lily in First Contact that the UFP stretches across 8000 lightyears with 150 members(not including the numerous colonies and space stations they have)
Another thing we get is the idea is that the Federation is expanding. There are new member worlds, Picard and company are exploring, and there are of course patrols.
We also get a sense of the limits of tourism. Sisko and company can travel from DS9 to Earth over the course of a week, and travel to Risa in about the same time.
However, there's this telling line from "Way of the Warrior"
Now, Sisko here would have to take 16 weeks off to make it there, witness the game, and make it back to DS9. Obviously he can't really do that due to his commitment to Starfleet, so there is a limit on what a person could do regarding travel.KASIDY: It's not silk, but I think you'll like it.
(A baseball cap.)
KASIDY: It's from my brother's team.
SISKO: The Pike City Pioneers.
KASIDY: My brother says if you're ever on Cestus Three, he'll get you seats in the dugout.
SISKO: How far is Cestus Three?
KASIDY: Eight weeks at maximum warp.
SISKO: To see a real baseball game, it might be worth the trip.
So, just how vast is the UFP, considering the limits of warp travel? What are the implications of this? What does this mean for everyday life of a UFP citizen or freighter captain?