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Five hundred senates that kept ten thousand colonized planets over ten percent of the Orion Arm fairly represented and stable, one trillion human beings that had carved out of wild worlds dazzling societies wherever they could and had forced dead rocks to submit to their own brand of mother nature where they couldn't, all of it kept running smoothly for the past one thousand seven hundred and ninety years by a single constitution. And then, all at once...
The undoing of this great empire took one quick trip by an intrepid explorer thought long dead to the center of the Commonwealth, the ancient colony system of Proxima Centauri. Her name was Vensillia Prencituu, who had spearheaded the colonization of twenty worlds in her day--more than any other individual human--and who had defeated with just one flotilla and a daring plan the entire revolutionary fleet in the War of '665. But after that battle, in the six hundred and sixty-sixth year of the Commonwealth, she had