The exercise of absolute power is pleasant;
but absolute power is absolutely tiring.
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This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance between any of the characters depicted herein and any real person, living or dead is wholly a matter of Nature imitating Art.
Author’s Note: It is difficult to portray multi-lingual conversation in works such as this. Since some of my readers may not be fully fluent in the Kobekistani dialect of Arabic, the convention used is that, where the distinction matters, all direct speech in English quotation marks is in English, thus “This is English”; Kobekistani Arabic is in italic between tildes, thus ~This is Arabic~; French is in continental quotation marks thus «This is French.»