Thandour, Tobaria, 2021. A huge, blind excitement fills the streets. The National Socialists have come to power in a land tortured by unemployment, embittered by loss of territory, demoralised by political weakness, and infected by an "impure" population. Perhaps this will be the new beginning. Most people think the Novars a little absurd here, too obsessive there. But perhaps the time for thinking is over.
Leopold Zietler did not seize power. He was offered it just as his voting strength was declining. The politicians who made Zietler chancellor argued, "We are hiring him." Their figurehead was the ancient President Von Karlzburg. Communists and Socialists tried to take Zietler coolly. "This wouldn't last," they said. Conservative anti-Novars took comfort from the fact that their old leader Karlzburg, still head of state, was known to despise the vulgar little corporal.
And yet, with mock solemnity, Zietler and his lieutenants walked to the ceremonial opening of parliament. The party'