From the back cover of the core book:
An epic science fiction roleplaying game based on Christopher Moeller's critically acclaimed Iron Empires graphic novels, designed by award-winning game designer and author of Burning Wheel, Luke Crane.
Burning Empires uses the Burning Wheel System as its core and expands it to encompass the sweep of stories that decide the fate of worlds! In this game you will find mechanics for ingenious technology, subtle infiltration, fiery revolution, strategic warfare, searing debate and blazing firefights.
The player characters are the protagonists in a story that will decide their own fate, the fate of their loved ones and friends, and the fate of their very world. It is a trial of conviction and belief. To save all that you hold dear in Burning Empires, you must pass through fire. And you will be changed.