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Solar Republic Card Game Instructions

About the Card Game

The deck consists of 52 cards, 5 suits, and 2 wild cards.

  • 5The Sun (Sol) and the Asteroid Belt (wild cards) – two cards
  • 4Large Planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) – four cards
  • 3Small Planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars) – four cards
  • 2Large Moons and Dwarf Planets – twenty-three cards
  • 1Small Moons – nineteen cards


There are 5 suits with 10 cards each except for the Sol suit. The Sol suit includes the Sol and Asteroid Belt card which brings the Sol suit to 12 cards. It is important to remember the 5 suit symbols since all cards belong to one of these 5 suits.

Solar Republic Suits

Game Play

Object of the Game: End the game with as many Books in one’s possession as possible.

Number of Players: The best gameplay is with 2 or 4 players. With 4 players, players can play on two teams of two.

  • The game begins with shuffle and a deal of cards counterclockwise. Each player receives ten cards. The remaining cards are stacked face-down on the table. This is the Draw Pile.
  • The first player to the left of the dealer plays the first card from his hand face up.
  • The first card on the table starts the In-Play Pile. The first card sets the card suit. Everyone who plays a card from their hand thereafter must follow suit.
  • Each player MUST play a card, either from their hand or the Draw Pile.

  • If a player does not have a card in suit, then they will have to draw a card from the Draw Pile. Drawing a card from the Draw Pile ends that player’s turn.

  • If a player draws from the Draw Pile and they have a card in suit within their hand, then this is a renege. With a renege, the player will have to give up two Books to their opponents.

  • A player can take a Book by playing a Trump Card. Trump cards are 3, 4, or 5. Anytime one of these cards are played, they take a Book into the player’s possession. The two “5” cards obviously can beat ALL other cards.

End Game and Scoring

  • The game ends with the first player relieves themselves of all cards or the Draw Pile is depleted.
  • The player or team with the most Books wins.
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