Miranda is the only system in which the Imperial jumpgate network has expanded. Formerly a backwater accessible only from New Paris, it was selected as the site of a new hyperspace beacon to Phoenix in order to speed transit between the Western and Eastern halves of the Empire. This decision was viewed by some in the Imperial Court as a snub to House Vendo, which had lobbied strongly for the decommissioned New Madrid-Rios beacon to be redirected to Phoenix, instead.
Miranda's sole inhabited planet has proven difficult to terraform, but its symbolic importance to the Empire has ensured that it finally received the attention and resources to complete the project. House Villars has been pouring money and manpower into the terraforming project as a memorial to the fallen Empress, and in the hopes of laying claim to the system as part of its expanding territory.