By controlling the starport, VL effectively controls Kraatar's contact with other planets. It has begun to charge the other trade houses astronomic amounts for warehousing and goods-carrying. This has placed the other trade houses (with the exception of RIK) who rely on off-world trade, in financial difficulty. Attempts by the trade houses to decrease labor costs has led to unrest among Kraatar's Human workforce. VL itself, employs Humans as cheap labor, paying them barely enough to survive.