Located in the Burnham Quadrant, Athens is known mostly for it’s rapidly changing weather and constantly blowing winds. The climate is relatively mild with certain crops thriving, as well as the availability of plenty of marble to be mined and shipped off world.
One of the few outer planets to fully support Unification, during The Unification War Athens was captured by the Independents. “Ownership” of the world changed hands several times during the course of the war, until eventually, running low on man power and weary of ground battles, The Alliance took to bombing Athens’ major cities in an attempt to drive out the Browncoats.
Recently, the bombed out cities have been opened by The Alliance for legal salvage operations. Licenses for these operations can be claimed from United Reclamation or (more slowly) from The Alliance. Then again, things are so chaotic in these cities, that it isn’t very hard for the unlicensed to sneak in an out and help themselves.
Athens farmers were much more fortunate than the city dwellers. Dwellings in rural areas, not targeted by the bombings, found it easier to scratch by during the war. It’s taken some time, but very slowly they are reconnecting their lives to the rest of the ’Verse.
Athens has four moons; (insert moon wikis), and Whitefall; all terraformed and a lot nicer to live on than Athens itself. Inhabitants of these moons live by farming and ranching, Everyone keeps an eye out for Reavers, since undefended moons tend to be an easy target for the marauders. On (Whitefall), Athens fourth moon, the threat of Reavers raiding parties has made the settlers overprotective and perhaps even a bit paranoid.
There is also a circulating rumor that the Blue Sun Corporation has a hidden factory or complex located in the mountains on one of the moods, though what they are manufacturing, and why they would come out here to do it is anyone’s guess.