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"Ah," said Ashmadai, relaxing. He went behind his desk, sat down, and smiled. "That's quite straightforward, though I admit it will be hard and even painful to do. There's an election coming up-"
"Oh? I understand Satan is the supreme lord of Hell."
"He Is." Ashmadaf knocked his head carefully on the desk top. "But whoever heard of a totalitarian state without elections? The Party Congress is scheduled to meet soon and decide which way the will of the people is going to express itself by a 98.7% majority. Our Father in the Lowest will preside as always. But there's quite a scramble at the executive level just above him. It turns on a question of policy."
"Has Hell any policy except leading souls astray?"
"Uh . . . no.