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The Radch Civil War is a conflict within the Radch which arises when Anaander Mianaai splits into multiple factions acting against herself. The conflict originated around the time of the Garsedd annexation, but does not become open warfare until the Battle of Omaugh Palace.

The two factions can briefly be described as "pro-reform" and "anti-reform". The pro-reform faction wishes to end annexation of new territory, phase out the use of ancillaries, and increase the social mobility of citizens by favouring newer and less prestigious houses in the aptitude tests. The anti-reform faction wishes to continue the former ways of the Radch: annexation of new territory by an ancillary military and the promotion of individuals from ancient, prestigious houses to sought-after assignments.

The policies which win out have a significant impact on the entire Radch, as the Radch economy is currently founded on constant annexation of new territory and wealth, but their aggressive military policy may place them in conflict with the Presger, who are militarily superior. Most citizens of the Radch have an opinion on which path is correct, although they remain unaware that Anaander herself is divided.

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