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Submitted by H.C. Klingman (United States), Apr 14, 2004 at 10:35

Your democratically minded strong man would have to be a man with the popularity of Mohammed, and the strength of a superman.

I assume you want him beholden to the USA. As a puppet he would not command much factional support. You see him in the historical mold of a benevolent despot. It might work but there is only a slight chance to establish this figure in authority before the civil war starts...
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