I'm looking for a story I once read, in which Humanity sends out a space ship to try leaving the Solar System, and it is promptly destroyed by a military ship belonging to the Galactic Empire, which then broadcasts an announcement declaring that the ship was destroyed for the crime of attempting to leave, which is a violation of the treaty permanently restricting humanity to their own solar system.

Humanity won't stand for a complete alien stranger to say "you agreed to stay home forever", goes on war footing, manages to conquer the galactic government. In the end, documentation is found showing that yes, many millennia ago there had been a war, which ended with Humanity agreeing to be permanently confined to Earth.

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    Not your name...but is it your final form? – Adamant Aug 16 '16 at 20:54
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    Sounds similar to "With Friends Like These" (see Looking for identification of SF story where humans are the “ancient evil”) but some of the details don't match up. – Null Aug 16 '16 at 21:10
  • It's not "With Friends Like These", although that's also a good story. – This isn't my real name Aug 16 '16 at 21:18
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    The first part reminds me a little of "All the Way Back" by Michael Shaara, although the second part is not a match at all. – Megha Aug 17 '16 at 10:35
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    This sounds a lot like the plot of the classic videogame Homeworld. Did you read this story in a book or on internet? It could be a transcript of the game if the latest. – kikirex Sep 8 '18 at 11:49

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