→The Seperatist Conflicts
The simmering conflict between the Alliance and the Seperatists and the constant threat of nuclear terrorism finally erupted into a series of unification wars. By the early 23rd century, Terra was finally unified under the Terran Alliance. The Alliance itself, now without external opposition, began the slow process of unifying from an alliance of independant states into an actual federal state, although more through inertia than by design. <ref name=JHST144/>
During this period of consolidatoin, the Alliance Parliament (stuck somewhere between a discussion chamber and an actual legislative body) polarised into two opposite political parties - the authoritarian Expansionists and the slowly radicalising Liberals. The Expansionists had informally been in power since the developement of the Hyperdrive, while the Liberals had begun immitating the tactics of their successful opponents. <ref name=SL10>''
The Star League'', p. 10</ref>
=== Collapse and Isolation ===