The human race had settled more than a hundred worlds before it met the Emerging Planets Fairness Court—six alien species who sit in judgment on all galactic newcomers. Humanity must now pass the EPFC test. Soon the human fleets find themselves under the eyes of stern overseers known as the Mromrosii. It seems the Mromrosii do not like humanity's freewheeling ways. Most of all, they have severe problems with that group of fleet troubleshooters, the Harriers, for whom breaking the rules is sometimes the only way to get the job done. Features novellas by David Drake, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and Christopher Stasheff.