Mannie opens the chapter by considering how the Loonies were "as non-political a people as history every produced" (9.3). That kind of makes it hard to get a revolution going…
Security Chief Alvarez helped with the problem by asking for reinforcements—he got Peace Dragoons and instituted a passport system—and the added rules and regulations caused the Loonies to begin fighting against the Warden and Security Chief's ways.
Mannie begins seeing the advantages Mike's manipulation of the phone system will have for the revolution: It keeps information speedy yet confidential.
The covert cells begin to grow in numbers.
They decide Mike needs a not-computer face if he is going to be chairman, so Mike fabricates a persona out of thin air—well, thin data at any rate—named Adam Selene.
Mannie has Mike get "sick" about once a month. This allows Mannie to tinker with his hardware, and as a bonus, it drives Warden crazy.
Word Snack: When Mannie pretends to find a bug in Mike's circuitry, it is a shout-out to a supposed, though unlikely, origin for the term "software bug"—a fun tale about a moth flying into a Harvard computer back in the day when computers were room size.
As the revolution grows, party members need to contact Adam Selene more often, so Mike creates a face, body, and even office space for Adam Selene. Of course, this Adam can only appear on television, but that hardly makes anybody less real; Mike even gives the guy a secretary named Ursula.
The revolution also needs to be funded. Skimming money through a "pyramided swindle" (9.164), Mike launders money into their new—and only real on the books—company, LuNoHo.
They also construct their own secret catapult. How did they hide it? Right on the surface of the moon, in plain sight so to speak.