San Santiago itself was the center of unrest in the sector. Nearly a century of investment from rich Corporate interests and Colonists looking for a better life on the edge of civilization butted heads with Central Council administrators who wanted to maintain Homeworlds control. San Santiago had long since crossed the threshold into self-governance, but the Presidency had passed back and forth between Council and Corporate candidates that generally compromised with each other over the exact nature of their governance. But as Colonial unrest grew, the young and rich son of a Corporate magnate ran for President on a platform promoting the interests of the forgotten Colonists. Everyone treated him as a joke candidate until the election returns came in and he won.