The important detail is that barring one detail this could pass for the pilot episode of Dark Matter where they eventually come to the aid of a mining colony bring threatened by a corporation that wants their world to house their workers whilst mining the asteroid belt.
Here its three asteroid belts and they have a base on a moon orbiting the single gas giant in the system.
Made me think that the System ships that joined the Hub Navy did so to help protect their home world from Paulsen Metals and in return Paulsen Metals was going to call in the Hub Navy anyway to seal their control of the system.
Makes an interesting dynamic if they were beaten to the punch doesn't it?
That's not really what we had in mind necessarily but there's nothing that says you can't take that and run with it. It would make a fantastic scenario and would be a game in which I'd love to play.
I had not considered the Dark Matter
angle but I think that would work beautifully.
I'm also thinking those abandoned mining camps aren't so much abandoned but kept under wraps as Viteges needs some kind of revenue to keep them from simply being starved if Paulsen has that many ships to protect their interests wouldn't they?
I'm thinking some smuggling and other trading is also going on, but I really need to finish reading those sourcebooks first!
Well, that's just it. With the way we have it written, The Hub Federation Navy is not going to be at the beck and call of Paulsen Metals. However, Paulsen Metals is certainly going to have more armed ships in their fleet than the Viteges government will have in theirs. I think it would still accomplish your goals for a scenario.
And, of course, there's nothing that says you can't toss out our idea of what the Hub Fed would do and roll on with your idea! It sounds like brilliant fun.