Starship Operators is about a class of cadets of the Defense University of the small planet Kibi, for them a shakedown cruise on the fleet's new starship Amaterasu is a fitting lead-up to graduation. Upon returning to their home planet, however, they are shocked to hear news of a declaration of war by the aggressive Kingdom against Kibi.
When their planetary government surrenders without a struggle, the cadets decide to launch their own war! To gain funding, they strike a deal with a galactic news network, and find themselves the stars of their own reality show. Unfortunately, this is the kind of reality show that can get you killed!