Even the resilient and compelling ideals of the Federation's founders are subject to the rub of time. Over the centuries the Federation becomes so vast, and its members so numerous, that it loses cohesion. The oldest extrasolar colonies, many now greater than Solsys, begin to assert themselves. New centres of power arise in the form of the Megacorps and great Houses, interstellar in their scope, and rich in tradition and ceremony. The First Federation finds itself outclassed and outdated, and eventually becomes only a shadow of its original dream, its headquarters at Solsys increasingly irrelevant. To most Terragens, humans are just one of many clades, Solsys is but one of the hundreds of ancient and influential systems, and Earth itself is little more than a distant memory.