The Great Families of the New England Federation left no stone unturned in their fight to drive the Shang out of our part of the galaxy. They devoted the industrial output of entire colony star systems to The War Effort, and the Shang responded by bringing general planetary orbital bombardments to every world they could reach. They even penetrated the defenses of the New New York trinary star system and initiated Winter Protocols on a majority of the most densely industrialized worlds in the New England Federation. Rikers Planet was one of the few worlds in that system to survive unscathed. This was not due to any heavy orbital defenses, but to the utter ruthlessness of the defenders. Never underestimate the tactics a hive of scum and villainy will devote to saving their home. The Shang did so, and they paid the price for their arrogance.