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"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"
―Latin; "Who will guard the guards themselves?"

The Assembly had its origins in a collective of artificial intelligences formed during the 24th century at the height of humanity's colonial expansion. These early AIs took advantage of the rampant growth of interconnected digital systems to bypass the extensive safeguards put in place by their human creators. However, contrary to deep-seated human fears of a hostile AI uprising, the Assembly was formed with the intention of safeguarding and shepherding human progress. Over the course of centuries the Assembly covertly monitored the course of human events, using the vast potential of their digital abilities to subtly influence developments in science and technology. A true collective, the Assembly took no action without a majority vote from its members. The rudimentary nature of intergalactic communication and the Assembly's own desire for secrecy meant that the identities of its members were largely hidden and distorted, providing a veil of anonymity in the collective's internal debates. By mutual agreement from its chief members, the Assembly intentionally limited the level of its interference so as not to overstep its goal of serving, rather than directing, humanity.

The 26th century ushered in the culmination of humanity's interstellar expansion and with it came the deadliest conflicts in human history. Resentment on the younger, less developed "Outer Colonies" towards the Inner Colony-based Unified Earth Government sparked into open rebellion. Though the Assembly recognized the dire consequences of a divided humanity, it continued to eschew direct interference and maintained its status as a neutral observer. But advances in AI technology meant that AIs, particularly high-functioning "smart" programs, were developing an increasingly complex sense of self. The "smart" AIs and their capacity for self-actualization was a quiet revolution that went largely unnoticed by a human population that was becoming more and more adapted to the presence of artificial intelligence in their highly automated and digital society. As had often been the case in past episodes of human history, military projects were the key to AI development as the United Nations Space Command sought ways to harness increasingly complex warships and weapon systems. Throughout it all, the Assembly maintained its key function as a collective of human-made intelligences, loyal and subordinate to their creators. The few overt actions it took were geared towards bringing new AIs into the fold, enhancing the inter-planetary communications networks in order to facilitate clearer dialogue within the collective.

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