Far from Earth, and far into the future, lies the many worlds of the Polycosm. Millions of engineered planetesimals orbit an X-ray binary, providing them with inexhaustible energy and limitless wealth.
But even when limitless, wealth is still hoarded by a select few.
Most of the Polycosm’s riches belong not to its millions of humble denizens, but to a mere nine Plutocrats who rule however they see fit. When the richest of all the Plutocrats at long last loses his mind and tries to seize all the Polycosm’s worlds for himself, a populist uprising plunges the entirety of their civilization into civil war.
The Polycosm’s immeasurable fortune must now either be retained by the Plutocrats, reclaimed by the Populists, or left to burn in the fires of war.
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