I'm hoping that people will be commenting with spoilers from the sets of short stories (Service of the Sword, Changer of Worlds, etc.) that happen immediately before this book, so if you haven't read those, you might not want to read the comments.
I don't recall Manticore and the Peeps actually being at war again. I vaguely recall the shipyards being destroyed, so I can see where it would happen though. I also don't remember the High Ridge Government finally getting kicked out but it obviously happened. I'm wondering if I should just go back and re-read the last two of the short story collections again.
Finally, did we actually have a short story on the Talbott Cluster vote that I also don't remember?
As I've said before, I have the memory of a steel sieve.