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The Book of the War was an encyclopedia-style primer for the War, published 50 years into the conflict. Its authors and audience are never made explicit, but there are hints that it was written by brainwashed agents of the Great Houses for a human or posthuman audience. (PROSE: The Book of the War)

Reliability Edit

The enemy apparently retro-erased several entries that contained compromising information. These were Churchill Index, Immaculata Formosii, the Gods of the Ainu, "Miss Hiroshima", Mohandassa, Sixth Wave Defections, S'tanim, and Violent Unknown Events. (PROSE: The Book of the War)

The orientation material that the Uptime Guard handed to visitors to the City of the Saved referred vaguely to a population in the septillions, though the census of AF 291 reported a population more than a hundred billion greater than that number; however, the census results were not made available to outside researchers, and all data exports from the City were frozen later that year. (PROSE: Of the City of the Saved...) The Book of the War included several other mistakes regarding the City of the Saved, including claims that culturally-human artificial intelligences were not resurrected in the City (when actually, as part of the Universal Machine, they were). (PROSE: The Book of the War, Of the City of the Saved...)

The Shift rewrote the reader's perception of the book multiple times to explain its own life story. The entry on "You" Diversions arguably housed an example of its subject. (PROSE: The Book of the War)

Behind the scenes Edit

The Book of the War was the fictional book-within-a-book contained in the Faction Paradox novel of the same name.

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