I'm looking for the title of a book series that plays in a distant future. Mankind has a galactic, space faring civilization that is past its prime.

If I remember correctly, this civilization was ruled by a royal family or dictator. The story is about two different planets. They are a "failsafe" in case civilization is destroyed. They are meant to locate the other planet and restart human civilization. One of the planets was specialized on technology, the other one I am not sure, perhaps politics and philosophy or something similar. The book series deals with the struggles of saving a dying human civilization and locating the other planet in order to enable this rescue of the galactic civilization. I remember reading this book quite a long time ago, definitely around 10 years ago but can't recall the name.

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    A galactic empire past its prime? Didn't Asimov write something like that? – user14111 Aug 2 '15 at 5:33
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    @user49069 Does sound a lot like Foundation. So if it is not what you are looking for just say it in your question. – Boelabaal Aug 2 '15 at 6:38
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    possible duplicate of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/116287/… (which is newer but has an accepted answer) – Otis Jan 26 '16 at 2:42

This sounds like the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov. Two planets at the ends of the universe were set up by Hari Seldon, a psychohistorian to optimise the recovery of the Galactic Empire from a state of anarchy. The Galactic Empire was also ruled by an Emperor from the planet Trantor, the capital.

One of the planets, Terminus, was meant to specialise in technology and collect scientific knowledge whilst the other reportedly consisted of mentalists and psychological experts with supernatural abilities. The inhabitants of Terminus are unaware of the location of the second planet and a major part of the plot involves locating and interacting with this other planet.

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  • Also, large parts are about the time when the galaxy was ruled by a dictator (the Mule), so that fits too. – Mr Lister Aug 2 '15 at 15:34
  • Quite certainly the Foundation series – Alfred Oct 17 '19 at 2:12

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