Being the subject of power is unpleasant;
being the subject of absolute power is absolute hell.
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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 either French or in the Kobekistani dialect of Arabic, the convention used is that all direct speech in normal quotation marks is in English; French is in continental quotation marks, thus: «This is French»; Kobekistani Arabic is in italics between tildes, thus ~This is Arabic~.