2307 - The Marketing Wars caused much civil unrest in all Dominion territories - shortage of items; price escalation to pay for the fighting and conflict; intellectuals trying to restore reason and sense to the Dominion; and citizen protests growing into riots.
With the government evidently weakening in the face of corporate power, it seemed as if the values the Dominion had sworn to uphold would soon be forgotten as corporate concerns over profit overtook the management of the colonial communities. The Marketing Wars were truly a trying time for all of humanity.
As a result, an odd evolution soon occurred. Rioters soon began to form into organized units; intellectuals began to use some of these groups and focused their violence into specific and purposeful plans of attacks, instead of random hostile acts. Riots became much less common and the protests eventually grew into political manoeuvres for the purpose of electing like-minded individuals to powerful political offices.
The smaller groups formed into like-minded larger groups whereby dynamic leaders emerged. Solernus, a writer, academic and philosopher, known for his poetry and his doctrine of self-rule headed the largest and gathered a growing following around his views. The masses began citing him and espousing his philosophy with much regularity, eventually petitioning him to lead them. After much persuasion he reluctantly agreed - but only on the condition of anonymity. Therefore he was known as "The Poet".
Nearly 50 years after the onset of the Market Wars, the Guardians emerged, under the guidance of "The Poet" and his council of aiming to bring about peace and to protect the future of mankind. Recognizing the need for visible and operational leadership, they formed the Command Council. The Council appoints its own successors - not through democracy but based on a pragmatic selection of the best person for the job; each role is for life or until voluntary retirement. The movement grew even stronger in the aftermath of the Independence War. The Guardians remain steadfast in their resolve against uncontested rule of the colonies by a corporate-dominated government and in the rights of all to self-govern. They believe only colonial communities should have the right to decide their own off-world policy, and in a separate parliament elected by all the colonies.
The Guardians are very popular on the colonies as well as on Earth, gaining headway on two policies: a message of accountability in the Dominion; and a belief in a corruption-free Dominion - they are intolerant of known criminals even within their own ranks.
With the introduction of the Colonial Senate, the Guardians feel their time has come; a time to speak rather than raise weapons, a time to use the Senate as a means to air concerns against the corporation as well as bringing to light corruption in the highest law of the land, the Dominion Senate.
The Guardians put respect for mankind above all other rules, protecting the citizens from the corruption of the Dominion, especially the organisation sworn to protect the public - the Law Enforcement Department. Their home is a sanctuary for those asking for help, and a war zone for those who seek to restrain and lock up the freedom that is the people’s right.