The Proclamation, given before the Star League Assembly, states First Lord Ian's intention to extend the Star League to the entirety of human-inhabited space, either peacefully or by force of arms. At face value, the reasoning for this expansion is humanitarian—to bring education, technology, culture and prosperity to the denizens of the Periphery, in spite of the best efforts of "a handful of rabble-rousers and metaphysicians". Less altruistic ulterior motivations were also at work.
Though issued two years before the start of the Reunification War, the Proclamation really served as a de facto declaration of war.
|“||FOR THEIR OWN GOOD
Furthermore, in consideration of the common goals we share, we must set aside our differences and pool our resources for the common good, once and for all.
The Star League stands for a unified Humanity. As First Lord of the Star League, it is my solemn responsibility to protect the welfare of that Humanity wherever it may be found, be it on Sian or Santiago, New Vandenberg or New Avalon, Andurien or Apollo, Castor or Canopus. Though me, the Star League assumes the awesome task of safeguarding the welfare of Humanity. It is a responsibility from which the League will never shrink, a responsibility it shall never lay down. The dark days of barbarism are over-we will not let them return again.
The only way to ensure equal protection for all, the only way to safeguard the liberties of each individual, is for every Human being to accept the benefits we offer, freely and openly. So long as a solitary individual of the most distant planet in the Periphery remains uneducated, impoverished, or disadvantaged, all are equally stricken.
We intend to see that the majority is not denied the benefits of culture and progress at the hands of a minority of radical isolationists. We intend to extend our benevolent protection into every corner of Human-occupied space, whatever the cost, until every man, woman, and child prospers and flourishes. Let no one stand in the way of Human progress. The time for reunification has come.
|— From The Pollux Proclamation, address to the Star League Assembly by Ian Cameron, 2575|
- The Star League,p.45
- The Periphery (sourcebook), p. 26