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I just finished reading the entire series for the first time and after an 11,000 page binge its difficult to just step away from the story.  I can't he;p but speculate as to the fate of the surviving characters and the world itself after the defeat of the Dark Lord.  While the leadership of almost all countries and factions either survived or had a clear successor, Illian being the only real question mark, there is much rebuilding to do and the threat of war with the Seanchan remains very real. Will Tuon stick to here agreements with Rand and/or Egwene?  Will the black and White Towers find a away to coexist and what will be their new role (together or separately).  I'm confident the Aeil will embrace their role of enforcing the Dragon's Peace, but where will they settle and how exactly will they go about doing that?

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Since Tuon's primary goal is to take back her homeland, it's unlikely she will break the peace.  Not to mention Mat would resist fighting Randland.  The fight with the Seanchan was going to be started with the Aiel attacking them to get the wiseones back.   There is no reason for Tuon to attack Randland now. 

 

The main questions for me is what becomes of the Shaido and Shara.  It's unlikely the other nations will forget Shara fought for the DO and the Shaido aren't part of the Dragon's Peace so anyone can attack them.  Not to mention they now have a blood feud against every other Aiel clan.

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The Shaido are one clan of many among the Aeil.  They were decisively defeated in all three major battles they fought in the books.  The driving force behind their split from the rest of Aeil (Sevanna) and most of their Wise Ones are now Seanchan slaves.  They really aren't capable of being more than a nuisance at this point.  Seeking vengeance against the Shara might make sense to the Westerlands...if their armies hadn't been decimated in the Last Battle, much of their population wasn't starving and every nation in need of various state of reconstruction.  As it is, more war wouldn't have much appeal to anyone except the Seanchan, who got off relatively light in the Last Battle.  Of course, you are probably right that they would be more interested in reclaiming their homeland than conquering more of Randland, especially with Mat and possibly Min having Tuon's ear.  Most likely the peace would hold for a good many years.  That wouldn't make for a very exciting story though, if there were going to be more books, Which, of course there won't, so we can imagine what things look like 5 years later however we like :),

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RJ did plan to do a trilogy of books set after AMOL that would focus on Mat and Tuon reconquering the Seanchan homeland but there was too little in the way of notes for Sanderson to feel comfortable writing it.

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