My family taught me to look five, ten, twenty, fifty, a hundred years into the future and to plan based on that. In 2304, I learned that, win or lose The War, the time of Earth in a predominant position in the galaxy was at an end. New powers would rise, new systems, and Earth would fade. My family had a part to play in that rise. I planned to take that part from them and use it to my own ends. They have never forgiven me for that.