From: The Imperial Palace.
During this time, my advisers periodically suggest that I offer a Mutual Defense Pact to our cousins to the northwest, who adore me. But I worry about getting them crushed, too; their military isn't any great shakes either, and they represent my only safe haven. Also, they keep rebuffing my other overtures, and I worry that proposing a defense pact might worsen relations. So I keep declining the suggestion.
Finally, though, the cousins made it easy for me. They offer me a Mutual Defense Pact, and I accept. In an instant, I can see the whole galaxy! I'm not sure why this is, but I suppose their military now feels comfortable sharing maps with me.
I don't know what's more beautiful -- the main map or the mini-map in the lower-right.