**Under Heavy Development** (This was compiled by Winters so please thank her if you find it useful information)
The Border Planets
The Border planets are near enough to the central planets that they have business dealings with those on the Core. However, the Border planets are far enough away from the Core that the eyes of the Alliance can’t always make out what’s going on. Thus, these planets are excellent locales for certain unscrupulous folk from the Core to conduct business dealings “in private.” They don’t have to move to these planets, thank God! (Though there are those eccentrics who travel here from the Core to “get away from it all”—the kind of people who build strong fortresses to keep out the riffraff and would never dream of socializing with the local yokels.) The irony is that these same folk are all in favor of the rules and regulations that govern business dealings throughout the system—just as long as those rules and regulations don’t affect them. To give the folk on these planets credit where credits are due, there are plenty on the Border worlds who are eager to do business with those on the Core. And there are always countless numbers without a silver in their pocket here looking for work. Landing on Beaumonde and Persephone is supposedly regulated, but the trafﬁc is so heavy that the harried Alliance ofﬁcials who try to police it have mostly thrown up their hands in frustration and sometimes don’t even bother to ask what your business is. (Perhaps they ﬁgure it’s best they don’t know!) Landing on Bellerophon is more difﬁcult, since the world is basically off limits to all who don’t own one of its elegant estates. Still, there are ways... The Border planets are the best and worst of all possible worlds. Tall, elegant skyscrapers and magniﬁcent mansions stare down their steel noses at cardboard hovels and crowded slums. You can buy anything on the Border planets, from someone to pick off your worst enemy to a pink rufﬂed dress that looks like a layer cake. (Just don’t buy the “Good Dogs” from the vendor in the Eavesdown Docks. Not if you care that the sausage inside the bun was once actually a good little dog.)
Huang Long (Yellow Dragon)
A planet in the Georgia system, Ezra is currently in transition. Once Ezra was a relatively peaceful world known for farmers and ranchers. Then, near the end of the war, its governor died unexpectedly, throwing the planet in chaos. (Conspiracy theorists alternately blame either Alliance or Independent assassins, but in truth the man choked on a piece of chicken.) The lieutenant governor was ill-equipped for the job. To make matters worse, thousands of war refugees and former soldiers from both sides were pouring into Ezra. Jobs got real scarce, the ranks of unemployed swelled, and the economy went belly up. Criminals ﬂocked to Ezra as word spread of overwhelmed law enforcement and the potential to hide under the larger problems. It was during this chaotic time that a crime lord, one Adelei Niska, moved his skyplex into Ezra’s orbit and set himself up as the local power. Using some legitimate businesses as a front, he manages to avoid prosecution through the use of bribes, assassination, and the threat of his torture chambers. The Alliance Parliament is currently considering what to do about the “Ezra situation.” A new governor is needed, but he or she would have to confront Niska, and thus far there have been no candidates willing to take on that task. Farming and ranching are still common pursuits. Ezra’s business enterprises have at least provided jobs for some folk. The law of the gun is absolute on Ezra: if you can’t defend yourself or what you’ve got, someone will take it from you. That rule applies to people as well as property, since many slavers come here to pick up a little extra cargo. Despite the risks, there is now work to be found on Ezra, though it may not be to everyone’s liking.
Niska's Skyplex: Niska's skyplex was a space station orbiting Ezra owned by Adelai Niska. Malcolm Reynolds took his ship Serenity to visit this station in search for a job, which turned out to be the robbery of Pescaline D from a train on Regina. At the time he was there, at least two other ships were near the station, one was docked. The station is equipped with at least one fast-burn rocket shuttle for insertion and retrieval of its mercenaries to the planet below.
The mineral-rich planet of Regina is known for its massive mining operations. Over three-quarters of the population work in one part of mining industry or another. Most of the mines are run by the Corone Mining Consortium, although there are still a few local owners hanging on. Corone’s workers are underpaid and their working conditions can be extremely dangerous. The miners of Regina take a stoic pride in their work and the suffering they endure. As if things were not hard enough, the ore-processors and atmospheric conditions of Regina have created conditions for a disease called Bowden’s Malady, a degenerative afﬂiction of the bone and muscles that leaves victims weak and in constant pain. While there is no cure, regular treatment with Pasceline-D halts the progression of the disease and makes life tolerable. The Alliance sponsors regular shipments of the expensive drug to Regina. The drug is drop-shipped to central location and delivered by train to the individual mining towns. The people of the world are dependent on this government handout, though shipments are not as frequent as they should be.
(Qin Shi Huang)