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I read a short story by Arthur C. Clarke this evening titled The Lion of Comarre.  In it I came across the word interregnum; here is the Merriam-Webster definition.  I’ll look it up in the OED soon and perhaps update the post if there is further interest.

In a nice coincidence, Wikipedia gives as one example of an interregnum the period of time between galactic empires that forms the time focus/span of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy.   Isaac and Arthur were long-time friends as well as professional competitors.