Historical dramas say that the Western Alliance assembled at Sunnydale and then breached the Hyades Cluster. They say we fought the Chinese and their Shang allies to exhaustion and forced their complete surrender. They are right, but they are incomplete. Rarely do they address what the New England Federation truly did to make the Shang stand down. In a war between civilizations, there are times when no fleet or army can bring an end to the fighting. There is no end to it until the will of one or another is broken. The Great Families of New England had the will to do whatever it took to end the threat to their way of life. It will be up to future generations to decide if what they did was right or wrong, but those of us who lived through it experienced only relief that it ended a two decade-old war and brought peace to our corner of the galaxy.