Determine the alignment deck based on the number of players in the game.
Randomly select from any oligarch cards with active districts. Shuffle the deck of alignment cards. Discard one to the box. Deal one alignment card to each player.
Determine the number of districts in play based on the number of players in the game. Place district placards in three (or four) unique locations in the larger play area. Place the capital placard in a unique location.
Remove any policy cards that indicate a require a higher player count than present. Shuffle the policy deck thoroughly, and place it by the capital placard. Place the four-card capital deck by the capital placard. Place the “privilege card” in a common area to track policies. The privilege card counts as one OLIGARCH policy.
Gather the players to a central area. Ask all players to close their eyes. While all other players eyes are closed, invite only the fascist players to open their eyes to identify their teammates. After a moment passes, ask the fascists to close their eyes. Awaken all players, and ask them to settle into one of the active districts in play. After all players move to a district, the first voting phase begins.