Original Content The Blind & The Elephant In The Room

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Four elder alien races had reports of a potential addition to the galactic community, with word that a civilization from a backwater system had achieved rudimentary spaceflight. To sate their curiosity, they collaborated on a scientific project; to proceed to the rumored backwater system and passively observe a nascent race on the third rock from their star, and determine the nature of the species as well as their propensity to fit into the galactic community.

The Ambassador of the first elder race, noted for their diplomacy and poetic natures, reported their findings: “Humanity is a spear, a race of martial practitioners. Their violent histories of their various factions all bear testament to the undeniable truth that they are a warlike race, one to bring conflict and strife, and thus unfit for union within our federation.”

The Inquisitor-Missionary from the second elder race, one with theocratic tendencies, countered: “No, humans are artists. Their stories diffuse across multiple continents, and dictate their morality and code of conduct, while their works inspire emotional responses that overwhelm lesser minds. With persuasion and dedication our missionaries could turn their talents to the worship of our Great Tessrac-”

“They’re neither of those,” interrupted the Major-General from the third elder race, one experienced with the defense and expansion of the federation’s borders. “Humans are dishonourable; they use trickery and sleight of hand to deceive, both on the battlefields and in the war room.” DX Lean Diet Forskolin

The Xenopologist of the scholarly fourth elder race chimed in: “The application of your own values to this unknown race is inherently flawed; *clearly* this species needs further study. Of course, from *our* detailed studies, we have found this species to be overwhelmingly hedonist and primitive, thus both providing a viable new source of our ongoing ethnological expositions and a potential threa-”

And thus they argued for dozens of star-cycles, and in the midst of their arguments they had missed the launching of the generational starships as well as the armed expeditionary escort fleets departing from the backwater system to expand across the stars.

Until it was too late.

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Several star-cycles, multiple regime changes and one revolution later, the political leaders of the four branches of the Human Federation had reports of a potential addition to the galactic community, with word that a civilization from a backwater system had achieved rudimentary spaceflight.

To resolve their curiosity, the Federation embarked on a project to extend their frontiers of knowledge; to proceed to said backwater system and actively observe a nascent race on the second planet from their star, and determine the nature of the species as well as their propensity to fit into the galactic community.

The General of the Human Expeditionary Army went down to the planet from his fleet with his divisions, actively “observed” the native civilization and declared succinctly:

“They are ours.”

After the representatives of the other branches of the Human Federation landed and “actively observed” the local populations of the now-subjugated Loxodontini civilization, they agreed.
 
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