In the mid-22nd century, the world entered a rare Great Depression as the credit and power of government was severely overdrawn due to the abuse of Modern Monetary Theory. Two things are saving the day, cryptocurrency and the development of space exploration technology.
The former defends individual wealth from plunder, while the latter greatly expands human existence and eases the tension between people and resources.
The biggest gains are some giant companies. In these times, commercial companies replaced the role of the state. By mastering resources, you can expand your territory, acquire more resources, and build more battleships. Repeatedly, the territory and power of mankind increase exponentially.
Humanity is beginning to prosper again, but what is the cost?