The Council of Admirals is a six-person body comprising the leaders of the six largest military forces in the Alliance. It is run by the six Admirals, independently from the Council Members, but reports to it after events to facilitate rapid decision-making. Each admiral is from a key contributing navy.
In addition to selecting the prime minister, the Council also commands the Alliance Defence Force, a vast flotilla of ships contributed by each of the Alliance's member systems. The Council of Admirals is free to deploy the Defence Force without the approval of the Alliance Assembly, making it extremely powerful.