The Wheel is the centre of an “immunity sphere," making its status under the Empire unique. Nominally, Imperial ships are not allowed at the station, and there is no formal Imperial presence. This makes the Wheel a popular destination for anyone avoiding the gaze of the Empire. It is a hub of economic activity, aboveboard and below. It is also a major tourist destination, with popular casinos and entertainment zones. Relatively recent events even saw a violation of the immunity sphere with the temporary deployment of Imperial stormtroopers in pursuit of some of the most wanted rebels in the galaxy: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca. Their presence proved highly disruptive, resulting in the death of the Wheel’s administrator, Senator Greyshade
. Currently, a committee of station section chiefs is running the Wheel until a new administrator takes control. In spite of these events, the Wheel still functions normally thanks to its central computer system, called Master-Com. With the Rebels gone, Imperial troops have withdrawn from the Wheel. The incursion has tarnished the station’s reputation as Empire-free, but it is recovering. The lack of Imperial customs agents and traditional starport controls draws visitors from across the galaxy. Smugglers, merchants, traders, and brokers of all types exchange wares outside of the normal tax and transportation laws. Illicit deals are as common as legitimate transactions. The station even serves as a neutral site for diplomatic negotiations between parties ranging from feuding planets and interstellar corporations to powerful criminal syndicates and individuals of all backgrounds.
- Spiral. A stunning nightclub on The Wheel. A spiral design that leads up to an "open air" roof top dance floor with a clear dome allowing a view into the stars.