Perhaps we have a US/UK division here?
In the UK inequity might not be an everyday word, but if you have any interest in politics it should be familiar. In the context of a Rogue Trader it would indicate a one-sided, exploitative exchange - exactly what a RT wants! i.e. We give the locals some, glass beads and VD, we get them to mine precious metals for us in highly dangerous conditions and using methods that poison their environment…
I read the title as "Stars ripe for exploitation", which is a great RT title imo.
Hmmm… I dunno. I accept that the connotations one derives from a word are always going to be subjective, and that my daily encounters with whiny douchebags who constantly use the word “Inequity” may colour my view of this book’s title, but I don’t think it’s really a US/UK thing. The word has the same meaning in both countries, after all.
In the US the word “Inequity” may be used by politicians to make their statements seem more profound, and in the UK it’s used by people who want to raise 47 bullet pointed grievances about their employer’s failure to say “Happy Birthday” to them, but it still just means “unfair.”
Again, it’s a subjective thing, but “Inequity” is a weasel word, in my opinion. If one was doing a list of words that suit 40k, it would contain words like “Iniquity,” “Colossal”, “Heresy,” “Aflame,” “Eldritch” and “Desecrate.”
Words or phrases unsuitable for 40k include “Fluffy,” “Cuddle,” “Health and Safety,” “Unicorn,” “Teacake” and “Inequity.” I recognise I’m now setting myself up for 40k writers to include as many of those words as possible in the next book by way of a challenge!
Anyway, I’m making a vast mountain out of this molehill. The content of the book sounds excellent, and I’ll be getting it whatever happens, I’ve been wanting rules for colonies for a while, I even had a go at making my own, but they were unworkably abstract. This will be a must-purchase for me.