What about this simple situation: The Earth's resources are drained. The "trilleks" then use the last remaining resources to create a space program dedicated to colonization. They find a habitable planet, however the their view of the world was from thousands of years ago and intelligent creatures now populate the world. (The light did not reach Earth in time to see the aliens). This creates an interesting conflict.
I believe he didn't. I'm not sure, but I remember something in the lines if him taking the lead by force (or so they say) from a previous lead. And when I listen to him in the meetings, I think he has no idea what he's doing (but that's a personal opinion). This is not a thread to discuss about this though.