Someone needs to tell Roger that playing the “my people suffered more than your people” card might not be the best idea. Even when it’s probably true.

“Contract labourers.” I hope that bit makes sense. Again, it’s not really a big part of the story so I don’t want to give it more space in the comic. It’s just one of the many things the Calendi did to Earth to turn the New Youth so xenophobic. This was one of the “unequal” treaties the Calendi had with the now-defunct UN, which allowed them to ship off some of Earth’s “excess population” (mostly criminals, probably) to act as a workforce in asteroid mines and on other planets with no realistic hope of release from their contracts. Apparently, decades later, most of them are still out there somewhere.