>Why did the V'Straki go all colonial-imperialist despite being
>ill-adapted to the worlds they were conquering?
I haven't read any of what y'all are talking about, so I don't really have a dog in this fight, but it occurs to me that this particular point has plenty of real-world historical precedent. Look at all the places on Earth that are absolutely unsuitable for English people, but which were part of the British Empire. :)
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