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The story of a junior diplomat and his first posting to a planet of Texans whose dinosaur-sized cattle have to be herded with tanks, and whose system of government derives its character from Mencken's 1924 essay "The Malevolent Jobholder," -- a system under which the killing of a practicing politician is considered justifiable homicide!
When Texas got fed up with government interference in state business, the entire state left Earth (taking the Alamo with them) and settled on New Texas. The Solar League would like New Texas to join to help defend against the encroaching z'Straff, but the planet likes its independence. When the League's ambassador is murdered, the League sends an out-of-favor jr. diplomat, hoping for another murder and a pretense for taking over the planet.

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