Beyond the Rim
The Wheel is an enormous, circular hub-and-spoke style space station located on the Perlemain Trade Route near the outer edge of the Mid Rim. It is the center of an “Immunity sphere,” making its status under the Empire unique. Nominally, Imerpail ships are not allowed at the station, and there is nor formal Imperial presence. This makes the Wheel a popular destination for anyone avoiding the gaze of the Empire. It is a hub of economic activity, above-board and below. It is also a major tourist destination, with popular casinos and entertainment zones.
The Lack of Imperial customs agents and traditional starport controls draws visitors from across the galaxy. Smugglers, merchants, traders, and brokers of all types exchange wares outside of the normal tax and transportation laws. Illicit deals are as common as legitimate transactions. The station even serves as a neutral site for diplomatic negotiations between parties ranging from feuding planets and interstellar corporations to powerful criminal syndicates and individuals of all backgrounds.