Boman Terraforming Station
Private enterprise, always looking for an opportunity to get involved in government contracting, hasn’t ignored the terraforming effort. In 2498, the Boman Corp, an independent corporation with headquarters in Austrin-Ontis Unlimited, successfully bid for the rights to operate and coordinate the terraforming stations on the unpopulated Hegel continent.
This Austrin-Ontis corporation, better known as a military arms supplier, won the contract by submitting the lowest bid to the local Borealin government. In truth, the risks involved in working in both the Verge and the Hammer’s Star system led the Borealins to believe that they would have to pay a contractor extraordinary sums. Compared to other bidders, the Boman Corp’s bid was ridiculously low. Yet in the last three years, they’ve proven incredibly dedicated to the project, producing more than a dozen active reprocessors on Hegel’s coast and interior. In addition, the Boman Corp has minimized its use of unmanned or robotic stations; more than 13,000 Austrins now live on Spes.
At first, the Borealins were afraid of the appearance of so many well-armed and well-trained Austrins. They were simply ignorant of the Austrins’ heroic motivations until only a few months ago, when a rogue Klick vessel penetrated a distracted Star Force defense group and made its way toward Spes. Without waiting for a call for help, the Austrins leapt to the offensive. When asked afterward, Austrin engineers responded with surprise at the Borealin interviews. "That’s why we’re here-to fight them bastard spiders,’ said one. "You think we really care about terraforming? You didn’t think we came here to fight you weak-kneed academics, do you?’