I'm writing a novel about the government becoming unjust, a group of teenagers led by a former military man revolt against the rule and take back the government but not before having their friendship tested, and their is a lot of tragedy. Unfortunately this leads to a couple problems, I focus heavily on dialogue and character development in my stories, I like very realistic characters that people can easily relate to. My story has quite a large amount of main characters almost out of necessity, because for a revolution to truly succeed their is going to be a rather large group working together to overthrow the government. The thing is I really get into my characters and so I've written rather complex but important back stories for each of them. This has led to the first five or six chapters of my book just being character development and character introduction. I like what I've written but I worry are so many characters going to take the reader out of the story? Is it too much? Does writing so many main characters into the plot limit the action and will it in the end negatively effect my story? I guess what I am asking is, do you think I should write characters out of the story or is this really a non-issue?