It’s a long time since I read the Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov so my memory may be a bit off, but this is what stayed with me.
The Galactic Empire is crumbling. So they send all the brainy people, who look after the galactic knowledge with the Encylcopdia Galactica, off to a remote planet called Terminus on the edge of the Galaxy.
As the Empire crumbles Terminus loses contact and becomes isolated. They then find that their neighbouring planets are warlike and hostile and have nuclear weapons. Since Terminus doesn’t have any means to defend itself it opens up negotiations to maintain a peaceful existence. After lengthy negotiations a large documented agreement is approved.
This is what happened earlier this month in Paris. The “shalls” got changed to “shoulds” etc etc.
Judge not people by what they say, but by what they do.