The Association is all about profit; at least, profit for the core races, the founding members. The rest of the galaxy survives on what the Old Five don’t need and don’t want. Fortunately, all the way out here in Sol’s neighborhood there’s very little they need or want. As long as we recognize their authority and keep buying their goods they leave us alone.
But they don’t tolerate sedition. Keep putting speeches like that out over the Net and there’ll be Grodon warships in orbit before you know it. Not a hundred light years away at the Sector Outpost: here.