The principle organ of Union Central was the Planetary Union Council, which issued declarative rulings by vote.
The Planetary Union was founded sometime before the 25th century. Though the current command of the Union was on Earth, it was unclear who the original founders were or their species. Planetary Union Central was established as the operating building for the Union.
Union Central was the hub of the Planetary Union, a skyscraper abutting Central Park in New York City. Desk admirals commanded a retinue of officers and communicate with the fleet in space through messages. Fleet officers kept Union Central apprised through reports filed after incidents.[n 1]
Union Central operated a database of files of Union personnel, including academic records and aptitude ratings.
In an alternate timeline where Ed Mercer never became captain of the USS Orville, Kelly Grayson considered warning the admiralty that Isaac and the Kaylon intended to wipe out all biological life in the galaxy but she was dissuaded by her husband Cassius.
For shots of New York City from the perspective of the windows of Union Central's offices, digital effects company FuseFX and visual effects supervisor Tommy Tran created a digital matte painting of the city inside the window pane, "brought to life using CG [computer graphics] ships and CG pods - lots of air traffic." Tran continued,
It's just a flat, two-dimensional painting of a million buildings - or 600 or whatever number we ended up with. Then we added small nuances, such as moving water, clouds, little ships, little taxis, little transports here and there just to draw the eye to some sort of movement that made our matte painting come alive.
- Planetary Union Central operated at least seven Environmental Simulators.
- Planetary Union Central is seemingly located right beside what appears to be the United Nations Headquarters. It is possible that the building is part of Union Central's Complex.
- Episode 1x01: Old Wounds
- Episode 1x02: Command Performance
- Episode 1x09: Cupid's Dagger
- Episode 1x11: New Dimensions
- Episode 1x12: Majority Rule
- Episode 1.5x03: The Word of Avis, Pt. 1 (mentioned only)
- Episode 2x02: Primal Urges
- Episode 2x04: Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes (mentioned only)
- Episode 2x05: All the World is Birthday Cake
- Episode 2x08: Identity, Pt. 1
- Episode 2x09: Identity, Pt. 2
- Episode 2x10: Blood of Patriots
- Episode 2x12: Sanctuary
- Digressions, Pt. 1 (mentioned only)