DEAR ME, I CAN'T HEAR MYSELF THINK (which means those voices can't whisper their vile secrets about krispy kreme's plans for world domination
It's kinda like West Virginia, except with less trees. Joking aside, the Belt is viewed throughout the rest of the Solar System as a backwater and is generally known only for its mining industry. While this isn't the entire story, especially in recent years with the expansion of home grown production industries based around Ceres ship building yards, it has been the case for the majority of humanity's colonization of the solar system. Despite the fact that the only real population center in the Belt is Ceres, it is still the 3rd most populated part of the system, behind Earth and Mars, due in large part to the sheer amount of asteroids to mine, and the fact that so long as you are willing to suffer the risks involved in mining in space, you can pretty much retire off the proceeds after twenty years. And that's assuming you're signing on to someone else's ship. Pretty much anything you pull out of the Belt has a market somewhere, which was the primary reason for the colony on Ceres for a long time, it served as a place for the miners to sell their wares to middlemen who dealt with the corporations and local governments bidding on the materials in bulk. Bradley H Plant, a Cytherean, looked upon the complete lack of finished goods leaving the Belt and realized he'd struck a gold mine (not literally of course, he'd have to have been in a mining vessel for that). Within a few years he had converted a couple repair docks into factories making knock off freighters for the local market. It's only in the last two years that he's begun exporting ships out of the system under the Plant label. (I really don't know why I have that bit of flavor in there)
While the rings themselves are protected under 2093 Heritage Act, that only covers mining and permanent settling of anything naturally in orbit around Saturn that isn't in hydrostatic equilibrium. Which left room for the creation of space stations in the rings, so long as said stations could support themselves without actually making anything, and thus the Saturnian (really, when they decided to go with the Roman names for the planets were they just not thinking about how it would sound like for their great-great-grandchildren to have to say their planetality in actual speech? Sure, there's Cronian as another option, but seeing as Saturnian is less bad than Venusian those poor people are just going to have to suffer, especially seeing as I'm not populatating anywhere on a gas giant with anything other than some upper atmo fuel processing plants and none of the other rings are getting a population.) tourism industry was born. While it's true that organized crime does have close ties with the casinos and resorts orbiting Saturn, that perversely makes them some of the safest places in the Solar System. Even in the midst of their most bloody wars between cartels, mobs, and the like, they will not attack saturnian stations their enemy has ties too, because EVERY other criminal organization will then make it their business to end yours, as shown by the 4A4 fiasco of 2127 when they attacked a casino owned by their bitter rivals. By the end of 2128 the only thing they still had of any value was their holdings in an outer ring resort. Because even Hutts have rules they follow.
And because I can't think of anymore to add, this is going up as is. 6 or 7 (depending on if I count killing the trojans once and for all) bodies of the solar system dealt with, 100000000 named bodies left...