Was George Orwell an Optimist?
I have just punched out my game and going through the list of contents and I seem to be missing a fair few counters is the manual correct? How many sheets of cardboard are there as I have 8. I suspect I'm missing 1+
I think 8 sheets is correct. You can see images of all of them, front and back, in the gallery section for the game. Here's the first to get you started: