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The six-part series you are looking for is The Sand Wars (1987-1990) by Charles Ingrid. It matches all seven of your criteria perfectly. I read them when they first appeared in the late 1980's; the story is a quick read, but I enjoyed them as a younger man and recently re-read them many years later and found them still a good read. Brief synopsis from ...


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1900: In The Struggle for Empire, by Robert William Cole, Iosia is a planet of an unnamed star somewhat more distant than Sirius: For a long time past, a band of adventurers had been colonizing a planet called Iosia, which was situated far beyond the confines of the Sirian System. The Struggle for Empire, Chapter III: The First Note of War This planet is ...


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