The Gamma quadrant is foremost in primary resources, especially mining. Most of the habitable planets in this quadrant were terraformed to one degree or other to make them suitable for human life. Colony ships are sent to these newly terraformed worlds to “work” the planets for the GAGA. Algorithms designed to determine the maximum amount of resources that can be removed before the planet loses viability are applied to each world. The liveability index is then used in fine-tuning the number of original colonists that are sent to each world.
Depending on the nature of the resources extracted and the relative mutagenic qualities of their extraction, colonist descendants will either be moved en masse to settle new planets or re-purposed for other uses.