Q. How does trading work?
A. Commerce in Galactic Trader has been tightly regulated by the Federation. All
transactions may occur only at a Federation approved trading center ajoined to
each planet's spaceport. Because the free market on each Federation planet is
but a small portion of the total market, its prices tend to be very volatile,
depending on the availability of the fixed price items. Luxury goods may be
in extremely short supply on a planet (leading to correspondingly high free
market prices) but the arrival of a Federation transport stuffed to the brim
with set prices luxuries can change that overnight.
Eight commodities may be legally traded in Galactic Trader. In addition,
nearly all planets will sell slaves and narcotics, items both prohibited by
Federation law. The Galactic Police have seen their budget slashed time and
time again, with new police vessels being delivered over to the Imperial Navy.
The typical police Viper class ship is no match for even the weakest of
smugglers. Consequently most planets pay little more than lip service to