Millenium Policy Referendum

As the 3rd millenium drew to a close, the prosperous Solar Union carried out a series of polls to determine what the general population felt the Union's goals should be. Although many important decisions were made during the referendum, the most significant by far is the choice to expand the Union outwards in an attempt to re-unite the divided colonies of humanity under a single banner. This decision had an enormous impact, as the Solar Union turned from an extremely wealthy neutral ground into an active participant in interstellar affairs, and in fact became a huge threat to many of the surrounding governments. Interstellar politics quickly adjusted to the new state of affairs, bringing about the Second Diaspora.