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YMMV / The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: If the story is taken at face value instead of as an allegory, the King's choice to delay launching to make sure everything is perfect, even as hundreds of thousands die every day the dragon is alive, could have also been to avoid the dragon's wrath; if the missile missed but was still spotted by the dragon, it would know the humans are trying to get rid of it and might have ravaged the entire kingdom, costing far more lives than delaying the launch would. His refusal to stop the final train, set to arrive 5 minutes before launch, might have been partially motivated by the same fear.

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