The International Fleet was a military organization formed to protect the Earth from, and to destroy, the Formics. After the Third Invasion, the IF is banned from operating on Earth except in the event of alien invasion.
In Investment Counselor and other chronologically subsequent stories, the International Fleet has disappeared and in its place in an "Interstellar Fleet". Since the IF is not mentioned and not even referenced in Speaker for the Dead and onward, it may be reasonably assumed that the International Fleet was later renamed "Interstellar Fleet" some time after the Third Invasion. The Interstellar Fleet was noted to have been "slow to convert to the idea that destroying the Formics had been a bad idea".
International Fleet Common Edit
International Fleet Common (also called IF Common, Common, or Standard) is a dialect of English that is the official language of the International Fleet, the Hegemony, and later The Free People of Earth. The characters of some of the books are said to speak Common, however, the difference between IF Common and contemporary American English is minimal.
Differences between Common and American English Edit
There are not many differences between modern-day American English and IF Common, but here is a list of them.
- 'Whom' is abolished from the language
- 'Y' is used for "and", drawing from the Spanish language.