Dr. Han Lao oversees an expedition from Earth to beyond Earth's home galaxy, and the subsequent collection of experimental data in the newly established colony that is now her home.
The wall across from Dr. Han Lao illuminated, as she sat, finishing up in her office. It was now displaying a silver and blue symbol, depicting a stylized globe and a silver industrial building sitting on top of it, overlooking everything.
Han stopped what she was doing, laid her hand on her heart, and paid attention.
The symbol was soon traded for film footage.
“Earth’s population long strived to unite themselves,” a male voice spoke. “Before our most devastating war, rudimentary councils were formed to allow all separate nations to liaise with each other,” and the footage was of these councils: the first councilroom showed was ascribed “the League of Nations,” then the second, “the United Nations.”
“We are the descendant of their valiant efforts, but we have united all of Earth more effectively than they could have ever dreamed.”
A flag was shown flying— it had the same symbol as before, but this time bore a name too: EarthGov.
“All the nations once represented in those earlier councils, having been destroyed in our third World War,” the voice said, “left us a mess of wreckage.”
War footage was shown— people injured, people dying, people dead, infrastructural devastation, collapsing buildings.
“From this wreckage, we built EarthGov, uniting all remaining peoples on the planet under one banner— converting the remainders of each nation into distinct sectors within our same, shared, Earth government.”
A blue sky with a shining sun was now shown.
“We need to hold to our Unity more than ever as we face our next challenge,” the voice continued. “As we load our starships with colonists, to send them out into the universe, we must all remember we are one EarthGov, seeking a common goal: to settle new homes, and perpetuate our species!”
The music behind the dialogue had …