The fictional African republic of Niagra is the unfortunate playground of a psychopathic despot called General Daudu, who presides over an orgy of corruption, poverty and torture in incomparably luxurious style. The wealth that he squanders comes from the sale of crude oil; and the backing he receives from America, and from the Burton Holly Corporation in particular, depends on its free flow. When the General is deposed in a bloodless coup the nation rejoices, and initially there seems no reason for international opinion to be alarmed.
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