Copyright Tony Newlove 2012

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All events related here are fictitious, and no characters are based on real people either living or dead. The rest of course, is true. Anyway, I couldn’t even tell you the half of it.

Why, all the Saints and Sages who discuss'd
Of the Two Worlds so wisely--they are thrust
Like foolish Prophets forth; their Words to Scorn
Are scatter'd, and their Mouths are stopt with Dust.

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

I’m going to tell you a story, if you want to listen, about a place you will almost certainly never see, even in your nightmares, because your imagination would fall short of depicting it properly. It is only a plane ride or two from anywhere on this earth, and yet it is about as remote as any place can be, since its rulers don’t like outsiders to see it. Visas are almost impossible to obtain, so although the things I am going to tell you are not just of the past, but of the present and the future, you will probably never hear much of them in the news. The place is so remote even its most tragic and dramatic events and the deaths of thousands, even hundreds of thousands, usually merit only a passing mention, if they are noticed at all.

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