Eventually, in the ruthless environment of warlords/chaos, the most forceful warlord will overpower the others and use internal purges to gain control of the state. Once in place, dictators represent a juicy target for ambitious subordinates, so unless the dictator maintains a firm grasp on everybody, civil war is likely to break out. Do poor civilians get caught in the crossfire? They sure do, and so anarchies and dictatorships are often two sides of the same lousy coin.

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