Some mother Kriffers are always trying to iceskate up hill.- Weasly Snipes (alterd fro profanity) "Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot."- Carl Sagan Hegemony, Empire, Most by war, a few by trade, all end up the same scatterd broken and by large forgotten. If that empire is fortunate some third rate power donning its name like a shed skin. It's not enough to trade, but dominate trade! Secure total independence from whoever is holding something you need. Is it simple competativeness taken too far? Is it some quirk of human evolution that imprinteed a need to dominate deep withing the human psyche? Is it a learned trait? But after all the eventual collapse of various empires and hagemonies, people still try to build more. With the belief that God, technology, the cosmos, nature, justice, kittens are on their side and this time we'll do it right! but it always ends the same.