Agreed on both counts.
I see our present day reality as being more peaceful for most people compared to any other time pre-20th century. Our media and news reporting has gotten so good that even the smallest atrocity gets a lot of attention.
As for the Pact and UFP, I'd like to see "battles" on economic and political fronts (not armed conflict). There was never an equal to the UFP on these fronts until now.