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The Sorrows of Empire is a Star Trek: Mirror Universe novel by David Mack. Released in December 2009, the novel is an expansion of Mack's story "The Sorrows of Empire", published in the first Mirror Universe anthology, Glass Empires.
- Solicitation blurb
- One man can shape the future... but at what cost?
- "In every revolution, there is one man with a vision."
- Captain James T. Kirk of the United Federation of Planets spoke those prophetic words to Commander Spock of the Terran Empire, hoping to inspire change. He could not have imagined the impact his counsel would have.
- Armed with a secret weapon of terrifying power and a vision of the alternate universe's noble Federation, Spock seizes control of the Terran Empire and commits it to the greatest gamble in its history: democratic reform.
- Rivals within the empire try to stop him; enemies outside unite to destroy it.
- Only a few people suspect the shocking truth: Spock is knowingly arranging his empire's downfall. But why? Have the burdens of imperial rule driven him mad? Or is this the coldly logical scheme of a man who realizes that freedom must always be paid for in blood?
- Spock alone knows that the fall of the empire will be the catalyst for a political chain reaction – one that will alter the fate of his universe forever.
All characters are their mirror universe counterparts.
- Vulcan first officer and subsequently captain of the ISS Enterprise, later becomes Emperor. Co-main protagonist.
- Spock's father and chief political counsel.
- Hoshi Sato III
- Empress of the Terran Empire, clone of original Empress Hoshi Sato. Overthrown by Spock.
- Half-Vulcan, half-Romulan student, mentored by Spock.
- Announcing the release, Mack noted that the novel would "add another 40,000-50,000 words to the story, expanding its scope to reveal more characters' points of view, more of the historical sweep of the 23rd century, and more of Spock's grand plan." 
- Several historical or otherwise important events occur similarly in the mirror universe as they did in the prime universe, such as the signing of the Treaty of Organia between the Terran and the Klingon Empires in the 2260s ("Errand of Mercy", "The Trouble with Tribbles"), Template:MU being accused of murdering three women on Argelius II ("Wolf in the Fold"), the Babel Conference ("Journey to Babel"), the marriage-union of Elas and Troyius ("Elaan of Troyius"), the M-5 test ("The Ultimate Computer"), encountering Garth of Izar on Elba II ("Whom Gods Destroy"), the refit of the Enterprise (Star Trek: The Motion Picture), the first two stages of Project Genesis (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), the negotiations for the Korvat colony (mentioned in DS9: "Blood Oath"), the destruction of Praxis and the Khitomer Conference (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country).
- The Sorrows of Empire also adds the mirror universe version of Operation Vanguard, as featured in the Star Trek: Vanguard series, portions of which were also written by David Mack.
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