All politics is decided by a council of the 100 elected representatives, but the representatives are all well known to represent specific rich individuals, as a legal system of buying representatives is employed.
The Expansionists: Take more land, support the teeming masses with new places to live, take resources of others
The Shell: Defend the republic, risk nothing, advance inner industry and science at home
The Revolution: Group of Radicals led by “The Word” A mysterious vigilante wielding an incredibly thin but strong blade called “The Pen”. He’s a master of wordplay and incredibly charismatic. They are supporters anarchic syndicalist state who seek to forcefully change the world.