The agri-world of Hesiod’s Wake is ruled by Governor Thule, a dutiful man who works diligently to ensure his planet meets its tithe quotas, which feed, for the most part, the hive world of Clove. He is, however, a man with a tendency to lose himself in the detail and minutiae of operational activities rather than delegating and directing. As such, he is viewed as an eager but weak leader, with little oversight or authority over his subordinates. Worst of the bunch is Lord Provost Arcule Yamatov, effectively Thule’s second in command.
The other local masters of agriculture and trade on Hesiod’s Wake would love to see Yamatov fall from power, but most are corrupt to some extent and many are in the Lord Provost’s pocket. The planet’s out-of-the-way location has allowed it to avoid close external scrutiny up to now; however, it is surely just a matter of time until the Administratum notices the meagre tithes or Governor Thule realizes the truth.