The Lost Cluster
Tech 2, Environment -1, Resources 0
Middlesex is barely sustainable in terms of resources, so its people have carved a unique niche in Cluster economy: peacekeeping and prisons.
The prison system in Middlesex spans several planets and stations, and holds everything from juvenile offenders to embezzlers to serial killers. Prisoners are often “rented out” as labour to other systems, often working in mining, construction or even as mercenaries.
As the second Tech 2 system in the Cluster, Middlesex’s warships also serve as an interstellar peacekeeping force. They are kept in check by a variety of means, including local defense forces, multi-ethnic crews and Meridian merc corps.
The Middlesex sun burns bright and its only habitable planet, the outermost one, is mostly desert.