Edge of Adventure
The Wheel is an enormous, circular hub and spoke style space station located on the Perlemian Trade Route near the outer edge of the mid rim. It is in the center of an “immunity sphere,” making it unique under the empire. Nominally imperial ships are not allowed at the station and there is no formal imperial presence. This makes the wheel a popular location for those trying to hide from Imperial authorities. It is a hub of economic activity both legal and illegal. It is also a popular destination for tourists with large and popular casino and entertainment districts.
In reality the situation is much more complicated. While publicly it is independent there are more than a few rumors that massive fees are paid to the Empire and the recent death of the Wheels Administrator Senator Greyshade was at the hands of the empire as they chased some key rebel figures. Currently a committee is running the station. The systems of the station are run by a computer system known as Master-Com.
The relatively recent incursion of Imperial Ships into the system the reputation of the system as a safe haven has taken something of a hit, although it is now recovering.