I just removed the battery menu item from my menu bar, as I was attempting to remove clutter. I then noticed that I didn't get any warning when my computer was about to go to sleep when the battery was dead.
It looks like Apple has put all of the logic that displays the warning about forced sleep, into the menu item application. I think that they should have separated these two applications. Now I am going to look to see if I can find a third party application that does this.
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