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Stross’ Empire Games series 

The “First Man” funeral saga of the Empire Games trilogy rings so much hollow against Washington’s lesson of “Teach them how to say goodbye” (thanks Lin for the meme form). For a Commonwealth that supposedly paid attention to the para-history to have a succession crisis like this they absolutely fucked up Washington’s message. Love or hate Washington, that “8 years and out” “teach them how to say goodbye” was critical to the American experiment.

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