Genesis II, a richly biodiverse world, is home to at least five species that have evolved to varying stages of development. Two such groups, an ocean-dwelling, cephalopod group and a land-dwelling, avian-reptoid group, are of special interest to observing scientists. Factions of the octopoids have been making incursions onto land, and have engaged in deadly skirmishes with some of the avian-reptoids. Many observers believe this will lead to war. Ethicists, scientists, and academics are embroiled in a debate on whether or not to stop this war before it results in the annihilation of one or more of the groups involved. The Fair Chance Act prohibits outside interference in this development.