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Assassinations can work if they're more than just a one-off. Japanese parliamentary politics was killed off in the 20's by a series of high-profile assassinations. It became clear that anyone who challenged the militarists would just be stabbed or shot by one of an endless series of eager junior officers, and that no resistance would be tolerated.

Furthermore, if the person assassinated is the unifying center for a tangle of tactical alliances, taking out that one figure can destroy an entire coalition just as it was starting to build momentum.

by Zwackus on Tue Dec 10th, 2019 at 12:06:01 AM EST
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