Just to clarify, I loved the book; I voted Outstanding up in the poll, it was a great political thriller from beginning to end. (Though I do have to wonder if you might have had a little irkedness at The Force Awakens somehow mirroring your climax in a lot of ways before your book even got published. ) But I'm also...yeah, what @VDCNI said about what it does to the Federation. I'm very conflicted about it at the same time. Now that I've had some time to let it settle, I'll go a little bit more into the source of my conflicted feelings. Spoiler: Control spoilers What I said about the last line also applies pretty well to the view of the 2140s-2160s that it gave. On one hand, the straightforward reading implies that humanity simply couldn't have achieved what it did through democratic efforts and will of the people alone, that they needed the benevolent autocracy of Uraei to get rid of the undesirable viewpoints and individuals against the goals of unification and interstellar comity. It's almost saying that all those times that Section 31 said their existence was necessary for the people to be able to have the society they wished, they were right. On the other hand, they were pretty well on the path there already, between the Traite d'Unification and the societal improvements coming in the aftermath of the Post-Atomic Horror and all that. Plus what I was pushing towards in my mention of A Less Perfect Union; it certainly seems to have been on some level a world without Uraei considering that Paxton won, and yet everything up to the destruction of Starfleet Headquarters, including the geopolitical state of Earth as a whole, was just about exactly the same. So perhaps it was more a story about how fear blinds people to the potential of humanity? Further, I can't really get past my disgust at how much power the 24th century Control actually had, up to and including literal eugenics in the old sense; they literally guided things on the level of breeding specific desired traits in individuals to get their end desires realized. And yet, how many alternate universes have we seen where essentially the same people existed? Did Control actually manage to change anything through their efforts? @Sci, I always like your posts on the politics of the Trek universe, so I'm honestly really curious to hear your take once you wrap this one up.