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Why do nodes have a maximum peer count?

Holding the state of a peer and handling its requests consumes resources. Mainly RAM, bandwidth and CPU. Each additional peer has a fixed cost for a node but a decreasing utility.
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Shouldn't nodes get reward by protecting the protocol?

Nodes don't protect the protocol, users do (by using, not just running, software that implements the rules they believe the system should have). But a node on itself doesn't accomplish anything: if ...
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