After the Miranda broadcast, the New Alliance gained complete control of Persephone. It is now the NA stronghold and is heavily militarized. Trade is now heavily regulated, and vigorous searches are required before admittance to the cities. The criminal lords wealthy enough have moved on to other planets have fled, seeking cities where the black market trade still thrives. The poor are even more poor now that illegal jobs are dwindling. The ruined cities are constantly patrolled by NA militia. Only the Chinatown thugs stubbornly continue their presence and power at Eavesdown Docks, having sided with the Alliance and quarantined Chinatown as an Alliance stronghold – and in return are allowed to trade illegally and continue running their brothels.