My understanding is that is pitch was thought up before Enterprise came out. It's a dead proposal today. But back then I'm sure the series would've generated discussion, debate, and some fan rage, just like Voyager and Enterprise did. But for the most part, I thought Federation was an innovative attempt to move Trek forward. Not perfect from what I read, but it would've taken Trek in far more interesting places than what Enterprise did. Though I feel some of Federation took the Trek universe a little too far with some of the species like the Klingons and Cardassians, yet Enterprise gave tired, uninispired retreads of the Klingons. I would've liked something more in the middle I suppose, Klingons recognizable but different enough to show evolution. And Federation had a good idea of broadening Klingon culture it seemed, not just to portray the whole society as warriors.