The capital city, New Paris, is the home of the starship (the “ark”) on which the initial colonists of the galaxy arrived. Bernadette is a launching point for those leaving to settle on other worlds. Settlers arrive here from other planets on the Core and make preparations to set off for a new life on the Rim. Many businesses cater to these settlers, selling tools and supplies.
Best watch your step here. There is an underground slave-trade on Bernadette. Settlers are captured and hauled off to work on terraforming stations.