So my dad was telling me the other day that he used to read a lot of short sci fi stories in the 70s and he mentioned one story in particular but has long since forgotten what it's called and who it's written by. I wondered if anyone else might have read it and could perhaps tell me the name of the story so that I can tell my dad or perhaps find a way of purchasing a copy as a neat gift. Here are some of the story elements he told me about:

  • Two planets at war
  • Both sides actually human
  • Both sides fed the same propoganda that the enemy is alien
  • Perpetual war created as a means of population control (and possibly helping economy because of weapons sales)
  • Insignia and uniform changes for both sides occasionally to make the old threat seem like a new one.

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