Beyond the Black
VESTA (4 VESTA)
Primary Languages: Arabic, Hindi, Russian
Vesta itself is the second-most massive asteroid in the Main Belt and the largest unaligned independent polity here. Dotted with a handful of beehive and dome habitats, the largest colony of this mini-state is Vesta Prime, a Cole bubble made from a smaller asteroid that was then towed into Vesta’s orbit.
Vesta operates with a transitional economy and is run by a rudimentary parliamentary cyberdemocracy. It is home to a number of non-Consortium and non-Extropian hypercorps that have banded together for common purpose, finding value in having their own independent domain. Chief among these is Starware, which operates a massive shipyard facility in an opposite orbit from Vesta Prime. This station is one of the major providers for ships in the outer system, as Starware sells to everyone, from the Jovians to the Titanians.