The mineral-rich planet of Regina is known for its massive mining operations. Over three-quarters of the population work in one part of mining industry or another. Most of the mines are run by the Corone Mining Consortium, although there are still a few local owners hanging on. Corone’s workers are underpaid and their working conditions can be extremely dangerous. The miners of Regina take a stoic pride in their work and the suffering they endure. As if things weren’t hard enough, the ore-processors and atmospheric conditions of Regina have created conditions for a disease called Bowden’s Malady, a degenerative affliction of the bone and muscle that leaves victims weak and in constant pain. While there is no cure, regular treatments of Pasceline-D halts the progression of the disease and makes life tolerable. The drug is drop-shipped by the Alliance to a central location and delivered by train to the individual mining towns.