"Earth's wealthiest inhabitants fled the planet to preserve their way of life."
"You have been exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. You will experience catastrophic organ failure. In five days' time, you will die."
"I'm not interested in your little ideas. I'm interested in something much larger. This habitat is dying. There is a political sickness inside of it. A tumor that needs to be removed. You and your company are in need of revenue... that is dying up. So... you built the torus. Can you override the servers and place a new president in power?"
"A coup?... Are you suggesting a coup?"
"Is it possible?"
"I could write a reboot sequence and shut down the entire system. And at that point... you could encode a new president, yes."
"Then that is what you will do. And you will have your contract secured for the next 200 years. Missile defense batteries, droids. Everything we need to protect our liberty. All guaranteed, of course, by your new president."
"There once was a meerkat who lived in the jungle. He was hungry, but he was small. So small. And the other big animals had all the food, because they could reach the fruits. So he made friends with a hippopotamus to..."
"Okay, stop. It doesn't end well for the meerkat."
"Yes it does, because he can stand on the hippopotamus's back to get all the fruits he wants."
"What's in it for the hippo?"
"The hippo wants a friend."