David Falkayn: Star Trader, p. 266)
Why did he have to bring a chair? Because the Merseians squat on their tails. There is not a single chair anywhere on the planet Merseia. Cultural assumptions again: we expect to be able to sit comfortably in civilized society.
Falkayn explains that, in order to counteract supernova radiation, the Merseians will have to cooperate in ways that we recognize from World War II. A single coordinated effort must override every other consideration. Falkayn sets a good example by including Haguan Eluatz in the teleconference even though that "...chieftain..." (p. 267) has recently kidnapped his colleague, Chee Lan.
Haguan's crime syndicate, the Gethfennu, is already international whereas the legitimate authorities are fatally divided. So will the Gethfennu become the basis of the unified Merseia in Flandry's time? No. Morruchan says:
"'...a reckoning will come. The Vachs will prepare one, if nobody else does.'" (p. 270)