Verbana is a lush world of thick forests, making the land difficult to clear and farm, though several fruit-producers have done well with large orchards. The world was largely underdeveloped until The Alliance made it a centerpiece of its “rejuvenation after Unification” campaign. Government incentives funded new construction, including a factory to supply parts for military vehicles.
The factory seemed a promising start for Verbana, but ended when a former Independent soldier-turned-terrorist bombed the factory, killing hundreds of people and destroying the structure. The bombing sent the world into an economic depression and – far worse – created an atmosphere of paranoia, fear and hatred for Browncoats and the Independent movement. There were riots, lootings, burnings, as both sides lost their heads.
The Alliance has pledged to help the people of Verbena, but the appropriate legislation and resolutions are trapped in parliamentary committees. The world is low on the government’s list of priorities. Some folk have fled. hoping to find a better life elsewhere. Many more would like to leave, but don’t have the means, and so remain trapped.
A small security force is more or less stationed on Verbena. While ostensibly there to guard against more terrorist action, it is really there to watch a restless population.