An Imperial proverb says ‘You seldom meet a Federate who doesn't trade with his enemies’. Station ‘New Eden’ was still under construction, and contraband and trade of stolen military resources were active in neighbouring systems. When the question arose about the potential market for contraband, members of different corporations secretly managed to organize a well-fortified refuge in the fringe system of Procyon. Usually it hosts exchange of technologies of warring factions, but in recent years Iridium and Alien artifacts have become more common. Sometimes Federation patrols get to the smugglers hideout, but thick wallets quickly silence any unnecessary questions, and mercenaries get rid of those who become too curious.