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From the article:

The name "confederate" refers to any person, place or thing that is part of or in support of a confederation of any kind, although on modern-day Earth the term is most often synonymous with the American Civil War's Confederate States of America.

Do we really need an explanation of the word confederate? I just don't see what it adds to the article. – CapnCrunch 19:54, August 12, 2010 (UTC)

We do. It's an explanation of what the ship is named after. It was never definitively stated which type of confederate it was named for, so the note goes toward both informing the reader that there are more confederates than you see in United States history, but disambiguates the possibilities of the origin of the name. -- Captain MKB 03:24, August 13, 2010 (UTC)
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