Instead of creating the elaborate scheme of using a war between them to gain power where so many things could have gone wrong, why not just use both to overrun the republic?
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Is it better to be loved or feared? As a ruler it is better to be both, but it's incredibly difficult to control the hearts of many. If you are the conquering hero, then many people will automatically gravitate towards you. We saw this with 9/11 in real life.
He set himself up as a hero.0