The Koniethians were above all else a religious order.
They were one of the first planet based societies to crack Superlight, and almost immediately their gods handed down a new Worthy Text.
Like the human cliché, they believed that the gift of life was a two way street, that the price for living was making the world, and now the universe, as clean and neat as possible.
Then Humanity got into the Galaxy, and they fought them back. The Universe was theirs to take and explore.
Thing is, laser fire just keeps going in space, if it's not cleaned up...