In today's lesson on Great Moments in Pacifism...
The Phidi Combine had no desire but to live in mutually profitable friendship with its neighbors, and avoided entanglements that might tie it to military obligations. Its first contacts had been the Orthin Directorate and the Ashdar Empire, with the New Ashdar Republic and the Yoral Khaganate somewhat farther out. Suddenly, the Yoral Khaganate launches an attack, taking advantage of the relatively weak Phidi fleet, but through liberal use of mercenaries, the Phid manage to stabilise the lines. Now, the only way the Yoral had the range to attack all the places they were headed was an open ports agreement with the Orthin Directorate. But the Phidi did not wish to risk their friendship with the Orthin, even with the ongoing (and mostly empty) war between the Orthin and the New Ashdar Republic which the Teros Ashdar had urged the Phidi to become involved in even before the Yoral War.
That was before the Yoral called the Orthin Directorate the High Command of the scattered Human fleet into the war, suddenly greatly increasing the force rallied against the Phidi. In desperation, the Phidi Combine approached both of the Ashdar nations, concluding an alliance with them... which brought them into contact with the Tinkers, between the New Republic and the Humans, on friendly terms with the Ashdar. And so the alliance spread to the Tinkers. So, as it has happened, the Phidi are at the very center of a new Great War that involves almost every major star nation in the region, all stemming from their desire to maintain peace and friendship.
Great moments in pacifism!