This is (one of the reasons why) we love Ukraine so much:
«”If you are left alone for only a very little longer—perhaps another four or five of your centuries—you will have discovered the phase drive for yourselves.”
“We will have?” Sir George blinked in astonishment at the thought.
“That is our belief. And it is also what makes your species so dangerous to the Federation. Compared to any human institution, the Federation is immensely old and stable—which is another way of saying ‘static’—and possessed of an ironbound bureaucracy and customary usages.”»
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