The year is 4996, and humans fight to escape from an evil empire's control. As captain of your own ship, you'll join the fight, along with your own crew, weapons, and a limited amount of money. Your goal is to survive by increasing your armada size, strength, and wealth. There are different routes to wealth and power, including battling pirates, becoming a pirate, making trades that benefit the fleet, acquiring items by force, and hiring out the fleet's services for profit or trade.