|| The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don't have a space program, it'll serve us right!
—Larry Niven, quoted by Arthur Clarke in interview at space.com, 2001
|Home Base||The Main Belt (especially Juno City, 3 Juno)|
|Stereotype||Prickly libertarian asteroid miners who distrust anything coming from a gravity well.|
The original asteroid miners; Belters are fans of Larry Niven's Known Space series and other hard-to-hardish science fiction stories.
The stereotypical Belter is known for making back-of-the-car "white lightning" alcohol from whatever starch-based foodstuff may be available. As with all stereotypes, the truth of the image varies depending on the Belter, but one is more likely to find alcohol available in the Main Belt than in the Jovian subsystem.
The largest Belter community can be found on 3 Juno, but the independent streak possessed by most Belters makes Juno City a meeting-ground, not a capital. (However, most of the administrative functions that the Convention expects to be performed by a faction are carried out by people living in Juno City.) A few of the smaller Belter communities are Cole Habitats created from mined-out asteroids.