Beaumonde is a heavily industrialized world, the manufacturing hub of the system. Its cities are surrounded by factories that produce everything from computer parts to ceramic coffee mugs to bobble-headed geisha dolls.
Due to the heavy industrial output, pollution is a major problem. The cities are covered in a perpetual haze. Some people have moved their homes and businesses underground to escape the smog. Outside of the cities, air quality is better. Farmers and ranchers manage to make a good living.
New Dunsmuir is the capital of Beaumonde and is the only city that has no factories. The lack of haze and its proximity to the ocean make it a prime vacation spot. The wealthy factory owners also make their homes there as well, commuting into the choking, hazy factories as needed. Nearby to New Dunsmuir is a thriving spaceport, much like the infamous Eavesdown Docks of Persephone.
The city of New Huntsville houses the Earth-That-Was Distillery, where there famous Old Earth-Style Kentucky Bourbon is made—a specialty known throughout the ’Verse.