The world is run by Life Brokers, people who decide who, and what you can and cannot be, where and when, you can and cannot be, and how and when, you can and cannot find yourself.
Humanity has exchanged its freedom of mind and thought, merging fully with Crypto, each being's heart connected to their phone.
When their battery, or their wallet hits 0; it's over. The only way out is to exchange a piece of yourself to continue living, to turn your body and mind into a mine for crypto.
It is all done in service of the Node at the heart of your section, the Node Knows All, deciding who and what happens to each of us when we pass into the light.
Blocs are factions of businesses and working-class people, each interaction has become an exchange, each loss/gain by citizens of a bloc can lead to an acquisition.
The act of acquisition is a violent, corporate war that anyone strives to avoid, as it results in one culture swallowing another.
Some fight to keep their humanity intact, using tech only as an extension of their will; not giving their soul to it. To the light.
Drain is the story of Sidewinder Koh, a young man fighting against the path laid out before him.