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Why are taxes mentioned in Megilat Ester?

In Megilat Ester 10:1 there’s just randomly this one pasuk about how Achashverosh put a “mas” on all the land and islands (אסתר פרק י’ וַיָּ֩שֶׂם֩ הַמֶּ֨לֶךְ אֲחַשְׁוֵרֹ֧שׁ ׀ מַ֛ס עַל־הָאָ֖רֶץ וְאִיֵּ֥י הַיָּֽם׃), I’m assuming that means taxes. What I don’t understand is why this pasuk is there, it doesn’t feel like it’s connected in any way to the rest of the story.

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Source: Reditt