Suggest the Empire
by Francis Bass
To Prince Oht, the imperial heir, all the trappings of nationhood seem as skeletal and artificial as those of theatre. War chants to suggest fraternity, flags to suggest ownership—they seem just like flimsy poles to suggest spears, three men to suggest an army. While his cynicism is a trivial matter while his father still reigns, the time will soon come when the empire is Oht's responsibility.