The Shattered Ring
Hubs and routes of trade
The foundation of all interstellar commerce in the cluster is the Great Circle trade route. Worlds on the Great Circle tend to be the wealthiest and most connected – these include the worlds of the Zvitter Consortium, Heorot, and Turbine.
Outlier worlds tend to be poorer and less connected – in particular the worlds only connected to the Great Circle via Purgatory are difficult to reach due to frequent attacks on ships travelling through that system by the Knights Atomic.
The general commercial characteristics of each system are listed below:
|Babylon||mining equipment, workers|| minerals, advanced
|Heorot||energy|| quality manufactured goods,
|Jardin||water, manufactured goods||food, biologicals||no|
|Pariah||advanced technology||cloned workers||no|
|Sekothai||energy, manufactured goods||water||no|
|The Sundered Ring|| manufactured goods, food, water,
raw materials, energy, workers
|advanced technology (salvaged)||yes|
|Turbine|| food, water, raw materials,
|Zvitter|| workers, raw materials,
| manufactured goods,
- Minor imports and exports take place too and from these worlds, when starship captains take the risk of travelling through Purgatory. This commerce does not form a significant part of the interstellar trade network.
- Purgatory is isolationist and theoretically refuses to take part in trade with the rest of the cluster. However a considerable black market exists, especially for advanced weapon imports, and fugitives who wish to leave the planet. There is evidence to suggest the authorities turn a blind eye to ongoing smuggling operations as and when it suits their purposes.