The Shattered Ring
Mines of Gilgamesh
The moons of the gas giant Gilgamesh are phenomenally rich in minerals and metals, making them a magnet for mining interests throughout the cluster. Presently, the two most significant of these are the Zvitter Consortium (which outsources the actual mining to prisoners in penal colonies that the Consortium hires to other worlds in the cluster) and mining facilities owned by Pariah, which hires Zvitter ships to transport legions of cloned miners to the surfaces of the moons. Given that Pariah lacks the means to haul the materials extracted during its mining operations, it keeps only a comparatively small part of what it mines and sells the rest to the Zvitter Consortium to haul off-world. This means Zvitter turns a tidy profit on the moons of Gilgamesh, and is the uncontested power amongst the moons of the Gas Giant.
The close orbit of Gilgamesh also carries a debris field known as Foden’s Folly, which poses a substantial nagivational hazard to ships approaching Gilgamesh I and III and to the facilities on the surfaces of these moons. Naturally, these are the planetoids that Zvitter leases as penal colonies.