The Armageddon Convention was a conference of the major galactic powers with the intention of outlawing some of the more devastating weapons they had developed. It was convened on the flying island of Laputa near Venice in 1609.
The First Convention:
It took much painstaking negotiation to get the major powers to agree to attend the Convention. One of the preconditions they insisted upon was that it be chaired by Michael, or maybe Abraham Lincoln, whose campaign to defeat the Manians had won him respect across the galaxy.
However the agents accidentally brought the wrong man, the human churchman Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, who bore a strong physical resemblance to Michael in the future. The Convention was then actually mediated by Bellarmine, who believed he was intervening in a war between angels and whose negotiating strategy was thus largely derived from the Biblical Book of Revelation.
The Convention was nearly destroyed by the Gredd, who attempted to infiltrate a composite meta-cobalt bomb onto Laputa despite the defensive precautions. Fortunately the weapon never achieved critical mass, largely due to the involvement of the Michael, who ironically was impersonating Cardinal Bellarmine. The Jamarians proved unexpectedly ambitious, and attempted to loot the delegates' ships for knowledge of advanced technology they wished to use to carve out their own empire. They were destroyed, though, when the meta-cobalt device eventually detonated. The Convention eventually concluded successfully, with Bellarmine returned to Venice with his memory erased.
· Ice Lords
Inevitably, several of the galaxy's most warlike cultures refused even to attend the Convention. These included the Wuleks/Xhadows and the Sockmen. Despite this, the Convention still outlawed the use of Sock-bombs.