Citado pela Firefly Wikia, em planetas da Orla :
The Rim worlds are the latest results of terraforming technology, only recently settled, and raw and untamed. Out on the farthest edges of the system, life can be quite challenging, as the comforts of civilization common to the Core Worlds just aren't so here. Technology and power are far more expensive out on the outer worlds and moons, so folk have to make do without. People ride horseback, farm with handmade tools, and resort to entertainment that doesn't require electricity or batteries to operate. While some folk dream of the luxuries available on the central planets, others enjoy the freedom of open air and hard toil. In their own way, they're as stuck-up as the Core-Worlders, looking down their noses at soft folk who've never dug a ditch or mucked a horse stall.
Além disso, vários dos episódios mostram que nesses planetas / luas exteriores, as pessoas responsáveis estão intencionalmente mantendo a tecnologia fora das mãos dos plebeus - basta dar uma olhada em como Burgess é descrito em "Heart of Gold ":
Mal and Zoë discuss the situation with Nandi, who describes the poverty Burgess enforces on the locals "so he can play cowboy".