Amnesia was a soldier's best friend, and luckily, it could be taught. Missing limbs still ache, but missing memories never do.
They understood what had really held the market together before. Violence. After all, what good was a debt if the creditor couldn't compel it to be paid?
He was a real-life soldier playing soldier from his memories of made up soldiers.
Remaking the world wasn't always a stage show and a cheering crowd. Politics was just warfare by other means. The losers didn't get to hold rallies.