Having finished up Trade, I follow the Xeno Biology track like I said I was going to, and map out Lord Vega's small empire:
Lord Vega's empire borders on the more fruitful LMT Corporate.
What's the story with those guys, anyway? Well, while we were all struggling with the idea of using hyperdrive to go to other planets, they were developing the tools to actually colonise those worlds.
In the era of star gate travel, trade was very limited and the cost of colonising another planet would have been staggering. When it became possible to survey any star system with planets in orbit, it quickly became profitable to exploit these new planets for their natural resources. It also become profitable to supply all those pioneers with medicines, chemicals and micro-organisms engineered to survive in those new habitats.
Working in partnership with colonists, the corporations gained useful knowledge without much risk to tehmselves. However, since it was better to have their own pie than simply take a slice of someone else's pie, some of them founded their own outposts in deep space, away from the other major empires. The LMT Corporate was one of them, and their outposts have flourished even in the most inhospitable conditions. I have located their headquarters, in the Omyxis system:
See now this is great. I bet that if I send a freighter over to those guys, it will be the start of a beautiful friendship.
Oh! I knew there was something I had forgotten during that exposition... I haven't got any freighters yet! Hmm, let's see:
You know, I don't know what it is, but I just don't like the design of this standard freighter, no matter what angle I look at it from.
After fishing through the archive of freighter designs, I find one that catches my eye and tell the engineers to get to work.
Now, this is more like it!
I get started on building a couple of freighters right away. The one from Earth will be ready in six weeks, the other one, departing from Tiberius III (that's up in the corner near the Yor) will take thirty-eight weeks (that's the ETA for the moment) due to construction work going on planetside.