Although the Commonwealth of Callisto has a larger population that Titan proper, Titan as a political entity has the single highest population under any single polity of the Outer Worlds and the largest single Outer World economic base.
Unique in many ways among the Outer World, Titan possesses staggering amounts of hydrocarbons, nitrogen, water ice, silicates, and metals. With thick atmosphere of its own, its air pressure and insulation from radiation made Titan one of the first targets for human colonization among the Outer Worlds. This early start, combined with robust investment from state polities on Earth, several of which would eventually come together as the Oceanic League, resulted in a powerful economic colony under the potent auspices of the Titan Corporation.
- Republic of Titan
Referred to jokingly as "The New World" for its economic dynamism, the Titan Corporation's early years were set against a backdrop of desperate, explosive growth such that the Titan Corporation struggled to manage the disparate enterprises in such as way as to at the same time profit off of their prosperity, manage the colony's overall development, and not discourage the welcome surge in people and money pouring into Titan.
The Titan Corporation's solution to this was to create a system of sub-contractual agreements allowing for almost unfettered development by individual investors with a few key caveats. Instead of a set of corporate law, the Titan Corporation developed a system of cooperative law. Cooperatives were licensed with a strict 40-40-20 division, with 40% of declared profits and voting power going to financial investors, 40% going to the individual employees and even contractors, and 20% being funneled to the parent corporation - that is, the Titan Corporation itself.
As a result, Titan developed into an economic giant, but a maddeningly decentralized and uncontrollable giant. The pursuit of profit is not simply a corporate doctrine, but a cultural one, as Titan's unusual system of cooperative law creates as much incentive for employees and contractors to identify with and support the commercial enterprises of their employer.
As economic exploitation of Titan expanded, it was decided to relocate both naval shipyard and security operations to nearby Rhea in an effort to ensure security functions, as the commercial enterprises on Titan were so disparate and so uncontrolled as to make the central governing body's hold tenuous at best.
After the fractious governing of Titan became impossible under the existing system, the Republic of Titan was organized, though the finished product was only dubiously more effective than its pre-republic state. In spite of considerable public outcry, pre-republic Titanian authorities exempted the Rhean Divisional Authority from republican sovereignty, as neither the pre-republic Titanian authorities nor the military governor of the Rhean Divisional Authority trusted what they feared could become mob rule in the new Republic of Titan.