The Separatists

Nature March 2013 Science Fiction, 1,000 words
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Thanks to polarized values, seceding states, and targeted assassinations, America is crumbling. But Operation Phoenix keeps pre-made clones of the President ready, to ensure the stable continuation of his administration (and image) each time he's murdered. But how long will America accept that a copy of a copy (of a copy...) is truly the same entity? How long will the President's wife?

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