Americans have a majority among the Thirty. Early land distributions near the Gate went to:
the American majority;
Granted committee-status only in the 1990s, the Russian Batyukovs got the Pajaro Valley and the Afrikaner Versfelds got Santa Monica.
The Collettas' power is based on:
their share in the oil wells, factories, power stations and gold, silver and mercury mines;
their affiliated Settlers;
their influence on the Central Committee;
their share of the Gate revenues and of the FirstSide corporations.
What's not to like? The Rolfes and their allies, dominating the committee and the Commission, impose policies of caution that are irksome to Giovanni Colletta who sees two worlds to conquer.