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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<api>
  <query-continue>
    <links plcontinue="1|14|Pirates_Buildings" />
  </query-continue>
  <query>
    <pages>
      <page pageid="1" ns="0" title="Main Page">
        <links>
          <pl ns="0" title="Artifacts" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Pirates: Tides of Fortune" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Pirates: Tides of Fortune Wiki" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Relics" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Soldiers Inc. Wiki" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Sparta: War of Empires" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Sparta: War of Empires Wiki" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Stormfall: Age of War Wiki" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Total Domination" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Total Domination Wiki" />
        </links>
      </page>
    </pages>
  </query>
</api>