Zarine is an infamous United Nations junkworld used for dumping the system's excess waste that cannot be melted down, reused, or consumed by other species. Due to its inherent nature, it has become a well-known hiding place for pirates or other criminals on the run.

The dangerous planet pushed the UN Navy to station an entire frontier regiment on various stations and planets near Zarine, and classify Tolkien as the only hazardous sector in civilized space.