Pilgrim VII took a geosynchronous orbit about the planet without incident. This was the last suitability survey the crew could do before they returned home. This was a "Gilded Monkey" hunt...strike it rich or return home in disgrace.
Failure was NOT an option. The Zherzh Hegemony delivered the ultimatum in no uncertain terms. Humanity would relinquish the reborn green lushness of the Homeworld or be extinguished.
The clash between the United Space Fleet and the Hegemony had been a rank failure for Humanity. The Fleet was plucked, stuffed and served up like a turkey symbolizing abject failure. And yet, Humanity MUST survive!