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The Project Starwinds orbital elevators were not only a solar collection system, but also an expansion of available living space to reduce the chances of overcrowding on the densely populated worlds of Maekardan and Hlarai. The Relay Colonies consist of four cities at the base of each pillar, eight along the low orbit ring and another thirty two on the distant outer ring.
High Orbit colonies differ from those situated on the inner ring by their lack of standardized design. Because they sit further away from the gravitational 'point of no return' on a given planet's gravity well fewer precautions have to be made to protect residents and staff from the hazards related to living in orbit outside of the stable 'Lagrangian' points. Subsequently, the High Orbit relay colonies vary in design based on the development plans created by the planetary government.