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By David Drake

The 1st trouble of Empire starts off with the demise of the Emperor, leaving a toddler as his successor. Will the leaders of the empire rally in the back of the child-Emperor? in the event that they don't, interstellar civilization will once more dissolve into civil conflict and slide into one other lengthy evening of barbarism.

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