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Sarah Stein, four other women, and seven men gathered around a map spread across a heavy oak table in an abandoned bunker six stories beneath the surface in Tehran. The twelve wall-mounted lamps had ceased working long ago. Some dangled from their mounts, unceremonious reminders of the final bombardments of the Inter-Arab War in 2139. The only breaks in the monotony of the dusty gray walls were the occasional cracks and the massive steel double doors, permanently flung open at odd angles in their warped frame. The sons of Ismael never had been able to settle their differences peacefully. Ironically, when the world government had allowed them to decide how to partition Israel, they had fought each other far more fiercely than they'd ever fought the Jews. Now a bare 40-watt bulb, suspended from the ceiling, provided the only light.