I have a custom taxonomy, and would like to force the user to select at least one term from that taxonomy when creating a post in the WordPress admin back-end. Is this possible?
No. This is not completely possible. One solution would be to swap out the default UI on /wp-admin/post.php & /wp-admin/post-new.php. You can provide the user with radio buttons or a select box. This will work relatively well, but can not be 100% trusted. There is still the possibility that a user could remove all terms via quick edit in /wp-admin/edit.php.
I know this is years later, but in case it helps anyone else, I found this plugin:
Although it only applies to built in category, it is very easy to modify to suit a custom taxonomy.