They dismissed it when I warned them the first shots would be fired.
But then the Galactics fired the first shots - bombarding the rebels' lunar installation from their kinetic weapon platforms in Jovian orbit. Even then, they tried to explain it away - tried to make the naive public think it was just business as usual.
Then came the firefight high in the Van Allen belt, with dozens of ships ripped into nothing more than ionized particles as the Galactics extracted vengeance for the rebels' sins.
Even now, the public are in the dark, completely unaware of what is happening high overhead, lied to and tricked into believing the fallout is simply a natural phenomenon. But the world's governments are trembling.
Because the rebels' sin was sharing their knowledge with us - how else do you think we advanced so quickly over the last few decades?
But now the Galactics are here, and who knows what they will do to us once the rebels have been dealt with...