Concerning the electronic attributes, it is a half-metal and thusly useful in many electronic applications as a semiconductor. Early solid state electronics were based on germanium.
The planet Alphard, the capital of the Marian Hegemony, has huge resources of germanium and is the source of the planet's wealth. The Federated-Boeing Interstellar Galax Megaplex has the largest known factory station: a germanium ore refinery massing more than 2 megatons.
- Strategic Operations, p. 123, "Engineering Systems"
- Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 166
- Strategic Operations, p. 137, "Factory Stations"