[[WMG: ''The Spirit of the Abyss'' is the Shower Guy from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'']].
He shows up at key points in history to try and rewrite it. His intervention led to the Magog destroying the Commonwealth.
[[WMG: The Commonwealth is descended from Literature/TheCulture.]]
Hence the naming of their ships ''Balance of Judgment'', ''Renewed Valor'' and especially the ships ''The Continuation of Politics'' and ''Salient Debate''.
''Andromeda Ascendant'' is a relatively "normal" name - but it belongs to the ''Glorious Heritage Class''.
The Culture fell some time after Earth became a member. The Vedran Empire is the last offshoot of the Culture (and why they are able to [[spoiler:AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, called "subliming" in the Culture.]]