So, the Damocles inferno got shut down just for the heck of it. Imps are even more strained and hardpressed than they were before, and Tau see an opening. So, they send the 4th sphere expansion fleet. It outright vanishes. So they shrug their shoulders, say, "Meh," and churn out a 5th sphere expansion fleet, no problem.
Watcher on the wall wrote:True, but I think the limiting factor on growth is as much due to raw materials as to population - a two-fold increase every year would mean a thousand times more resources in 10 years (like the story with the guy who asked for ever increasing numbers of grains of rice on a chessboard): not feasible even with an almost completely automated society. And dozens of star systems is kind of missing the point when each of those star systems is heavily populated too.
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